Ulster in clean sweep to take Junior Inter-Provincial crown

Ulster Juniors celebrate winning the Inter-Provincial title
Ulster Juniors celebrate winning the Inter-Provincial title

Ulster Juniors ended a 10-year wait to lift the Inter-Provincial serious championship when they completed a clean sweep in this season’s tournament with a win at Leinster.

The Northern Province had already defeated Connacht (20-12) and Munster (35-0) to leave them needing a point from their trip South to capture the title.

A 20-6 win left them with a 100 per cent record in the championship.

Leinster had opened the scoring with an Ultan Murphy penalty after 14 minutes, but Ulster were to get themselves in front 7-3 with a try.

They spread the ball wide and Dave Clarke sent a long pass out to Chris Cousens who hit a superb line from fullback and raced in for the try, converting it himself.

Cousens added a penalty and Ulster went into the second half leading 17-3 when he added the extras to a try from number eight, Curtis Stewart.

Ulster took control in the second half early on and a cheeky drop goal from outhalf Nicky Finlay made it 20-3.

Leinster upped their game a bit, as expected, but the Ulster defence was solid and they restricted the hosts to another Murphy penalty.

Ulster controlled the final quarter and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, the best opportunity coming when Finlay grubber kicked through but Andy Pollock just could not make the touchdown.