Ulster A get on the road this week as they still search for their first win in the newly formed Celtic Cup. They travel to Wales where they face Cardiff Blues A at Cardiff Arms in this third round match.

The Round 3 fixtures are shown below.

Fri  21 Sep 15:00 Connacht  v Ospreys Corinthian Park
Fri  21 Sep 17:30 Munster v Dragons Irish Independent Park
Sat  22 Sep 14:30 Cardiff  v  Ulster Cardiff Arms
Sat  22 Sep 14:30 Scarlets v Leinster Parc Y Scarlets


I think it would be fair to say that Ulster A have yielded a poor return from their first two matches on home soil, with a try bonus point thier only return. How they will fare against Cardiff is anyone’s guess.

The Blues recorded a win against the Dragons A side in the opening round but received a bit of a hammering by Leinster A last weekend. Ulster in contrast put up a better fight against Leinster A in the opening week, but still went down heavily, and they received a hammering of their own against Scarlets A last week.

Worryingly, Leinster and Munster look to be running away with the Irish Conference with results a bit more even in the Welsh one.

Irish Conference Welsh Conference
Leinster 2 2 10 Scarlets 2 2 7
Munster 2 1 9 Dragons 2 1 5
Connacht 2 1 1 Cardiff 2 1 5
Ulster 2 1 1 Ospreys 2 1 5


Ulster have largely stuck with their back line from last week but have brought in Tommy O’Hagan at loose head and Zac McCall at hooker alongside the returning Rodney Ah You. Clive Ross moves from the back row to second row alongside Bradley Luney and Aaron Hall gets the nod in the back row ahead of Matthew Agnew.

Academy players Paul McGookin and David McCann join the squad for the first time this season.

At the end of the day this competition is all about gaining  experience and it’s not a question of how you start but how you finish. Ulster A are all but out of the knockout stages already but I’d guess they are targeting 3 wins from their remaining four games. They are a better side than their results to date have shown and this would be a good weekend to show it.

Cardiff A Ulster A 
Dan Fish 15 Iwan Hughes
Tom Williams 14 Robert Baloucoune
Harri Millard 13 Jack Owens
Ben Thomas 12 James Hume
Tom James 11 Aaron Sexton
Ben Jones 10 Michael Lowry
Dane Blacker 9 Michael Stronge
Fraser Young 1 Tommy O’Hagan
Liam Belcher 2 Zac McCall
Keiron Assiratti 3 Rodney Ah You
Shane Lewis-Hughes 4 Clive Ross
James Down 5 Bradley Luney
Sion Bennett 6 Marcus Rea
Cai Devine 7 Aaron Hall
Alun Lawrence 8 Joe Dunleavy
Ethan Lewis/Iestyn Harris 16 Peter Cromie
Garyn Phillips/Ben Warren 17 Peter Cooper
Will Davies King 18 Paul McGookin
Luke Crocker 19 Matthew Dalton
Ioan Rhys Davies 20 David McCann
Lewis Jones 21 Graham Curtis
Max Llewellin 22 Matthew Agnew
Ioan Davies 23 Bruce Houston