Ontario Blues and Ulster Rugby age grade sides went head to head, for the second time, at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Sports Arena on Wednesday. 

Ulster mixed it up from Saturdays encounters at Newforge and Malone RFC with Schools Select Sides playing at U16 and U17 level, as opposed to Club Select previously, and at U18 level the Club Select Side replaced the Schools team. 

Ulster U18 Women continued their build up for the upcoming  U18 Interprovincial Series with a second outing against Ontario Blues U18 Women. 

The results from the four matches were as follows. 

Ulster Schools U16 22 22 Ontario Blues U16
Ulster Schools U17 17 12 Ontario Blues U17
Ulster Club U18 17 31 Ontario Blues U18
Ulster Women U18 7 12 Ontario Blues Women U18

It was another good work out for the Ulster sides against physically imposing sides who brought power and pace in abundance. The coaches had a good look at their charges before the boys interprovincial series kicks off this week and the girls the week after. 

The matches were entertaining and competitive and could have went either way, the Club U18 boys game being decided by a late breakaway by Ontario as Ulster were pushing for an equalising score. 

Good rugby, competitive games and a bit of vocal support form the Canadian parents, what’s not to like. 

It was also a chance for TeamFRU to look at our squad before the season starts and we’re pleased to announce that Vicky Irwin will be joining Beth Cregan as a match photographer after her successful outing in the first two matches of the afternoon. 🙂 

You can view Vicky and Beth’s photo’s below alongside those from our veteran star forward Bob Given

2018-08-15 Ulster U18 Women v Ontario U18 Women

Photo credit – Bob Given and John McMurtry.

2018-08-15 Ulster Schools U16 v Ontario Blues U16

Photo credit – Bob Given, Beth Cregan and Vicky Irwin

2018-08-15 Ulster Schools U17 v Ontario Blues U18

Photo credit – Bob Given, Beth Cregan and Vicky Irwin

2018-08-15 Ulster Club U18 v Ontario Blues U18

Photo credit – Bob Given and John McMurtry.

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