Warriors Under 18s fought valiantly but went down 25-14 to a strong Leinster Under 19 side at St Mary’s College, Dublin on Wednesday.
The youngsters found themselves 25-0 down just after the break but battled back with tries for Will Butler and George Amphlett, both converted by Ollie Allsopp.
Academy Manager Mark Hewitt said: “We had a slow start but played really well in the second-half.
“We were up against a side that had a number of Ireland Under 20 internationals so it was a proud performance and a significant improvement on the previous week.
“Will Butler (centre), Zac Xiourouppa (flanker) and Joe Morris (tighthead) all had outstanding games.
“We want to keep this fixture on our calendar because it’s a great test for the boys and one which they learn a great deal from against a talented side.”