Munster lose out to Ulster in junior rugby inter-pro

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HOLDERS Munster suffered an unexpected 27-10 loss to Ulster in the Junior Inter-provincial series in Carndonagh (Donegal) at the weekend.

Most of the damage was done in the opening half as Ulster held a 20-10 lead at halftime. Paul Armstrong, Conor Phillips, and Callum Foreman scored tries for the home side and David Maxwell kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Munster replied with a try by Ciaran Vaughan and a conversion and a penalty from Shane Airey of Newcastle West.

The only score in the second half was a second try by Armstrong for Ulster, which Maxwell converted.

Munster complete their campaign against Leinster in Waterford on Saturday. 

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In the opening round, Munster, who are title holders, overcame Connacht in Tuam. 

Munster: Jesse Smith (Charleville); Eoin O’Sullivan (Kanturk), Willie Walsh (Waterpark), Craig O’Connell (Old Christians), Ronan O’Brien (Kanturk); Shane Airey (Newcastle West), Rob Guerin (Newcastle West); Noel Roche (Waterpark), Cathal O’Regan (Clonakilty), Jordan O’Donnell (Thomond); Ciaran Vaughan (Kanturk), Ruarí O’Donnell (St. Mary’s); Colin Deane (Clonakilty), Ryain Ahern (Thomond), Conor Horan (Waterpark).

Replacements: Colin Slater (Thomond), TJ Relihan (Newcastle West), Stephen Hyland (St Mary’s), Olan Deane (Clonakilty), Adam Sheehan (Skibbereen), Mark O’Connell (Kinsale), Conor Kavanagh (Fethard), Josef O’Connor (Fethard).