(Photo: Ulster/Dickson Digital)
In the second tour game the Australian Schools and Under18 Team had a touch of reality when, after fluctuating scores made any outcome look possible, Ulster Under 18’s scored a converted try close to full time to take the lead at the critical stage of the game
The Australians started strongly with almost all of the possession for the first twenty minutes, but the Ulster defence held them out. The Aussie scrum was again dominant, but this did not bring the expected rewards.
The sides went into half-time tied up 10-10 and Ulster took a quick lead after the break, putting the Aussies on the back foot.
In the second half, a good level of possession was frittered away with kicking and handling errors.
Ulster was able to keep possession for long periods with good handling. The Aussies showed dominance in several strong midfield drives, but again these came to nothing when possession was wasted.
A converted try put the Aussies back in front with 15 minutes to go but it wasn't to be, with a converted try denying them the victory.
The loss gives them a 1-1 record on their Northern Hemisphere tour so far after beating Munster's U19s 34-15 last weekend.
Australia will take on Ireland's U19s this weekend in their first fully-fledged international of the tour this coming Saturday.