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Ardee’s Tess lines out in narrow Leinster loss

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Tess Meade photographed at Ardee RFC. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Rugby Club’s Tess Meade played a starring role for Leinster’s Under 18 girls side on Saturday afternoon but she couldn’t prevent her side from slipping to a narrow 17-14 defeat against Munster.

The meeting was part of the first round of the annual Interprovincial series and Niall Neville’s team will have a chance to bounce back this coming Saturday when they face Ulster at North Kildare RFC’S Kilcock grounds.

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Meade, from Lobinstown, went close to running the try line in the early stages for Leinster but she and teammate Ali Miley were denied by some strong Munster defending. After a quick tap penalty, a converted try did put the visitors in front. Despite Munster replying, Megan Burns’ try was converted Natasha Behan to hand Leinster a 14-7 lead at the break.

As the rain fell, Meade – who lined out at number 8 in the back row – helped repel Munster’s charge but it couldn’t last. They scored a try and conversion before Ciara Clancy’s late penalty proved the difference. Dundalk RFC’s Meadbh O’Callaghan and Zoe Valentine were also involved for Leinster at the weekend.

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