Connacht U20’s 22 Ulster U20’s 19

U20s_Ulster350Connacht U20’s started this game in Ravenhill playing a very fast open brand of rugby and were well in control of the game when Shane Layden scored the first try after good back play 10 minutes in. This try was converted by Tadgh Leader. Connacht missed two penalties in scoring positions after the try. The story of the remainder of the half was one of lots of unforced handling errors and a high penalty count by Connacht which allowed Ulster back into the match and they scored a converted try just before half time. This left the scores locked at 7 -7 at the break.

Ulster got off to a flyer in the second half and after a swift counter attack the refferee sin binned Shane Layden for a brave covering tackle. Ulster kept pressure on 14 man Connacht and scored a try under the posts which they converted to give them a 14-7 lead. Further Ulster pressure resulted in another try from a driving maul which they didn’t convert gave them a 19-7 lead.
To their credit Connacht kept playing controlled rugby and cut down on the unforced error count. Connacht kept there discipline and this work ethic resulted in a fine try by scrum half Kieran Marmion. The conversion was missed to leave the score 12-19. Connacht were then returned to full 15 complement and kept the pressure on and forced another penalty in front of the posts which Leader converted to leave the score 15-19.
Desperate Ulster defence kept Connacht out but a strong scrum gave Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion the space to run in for a fine try. Leader converted to give Connacht the lead 22-19.
Connacht won the restart and closed out the game with a series of controlled pick and drives. This controlled ball retention didn’t give Ulster any chance of getting the ball and Connacht held on for a well deserved victory.


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