The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ team started their Inter-Provincial campaign with a game against Connacht School at Ravenhill on Saturday 7th September.
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The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ team emerged as 14-3 winners following a hard fought game with the team from the West. The Ulster boys controlled most of the territory and possession in the course of the game but found the Connacht defence hard to break down.
The Ulster team scored a try through hooker, Andrew Shaw, who had a great game for the Ulster team. Robert Lyttle stepped up to successfully convert the try and give the Ulster Schools’ team a 7-0 lead, a lead they maintained until the interval.
The Connacht team emerged after the break with a renewed vigour. They took the game to Ulster and got reward for their endeavours when they converted a penalty opportunity, following an Ulster infringement, to reduce the arrears to 7-3.
Ulster then started to get their hands on some quality possession which allowed their talented back line the opportunity to launch wave after wave of attacks. A combination of clever play from Zach Bertenshaw and Angus Macartney paved the way for a lineout close to the Munster line. From the lineout, Ulster second row forward, Harry Clelland, blasted over for a try. Robert Lyttle added the extras to secure a comfortable 14-3 lead, a lead the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ team held until the end of the game.
The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ team will have been delighted with their win but the management and players will all realise there is much to be done before they play Leinster Schools at Belfast Harlequins RFC on Saturday 14th September at 2-30pm.