This one slipped past us earlier in the week, amongst all the doom and groom surrounding the seniors but Ulster A recorded their third win in the Celtic Cup with a 19 – 39 win against the Ospreys Development at Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend.

Bruce Houston opened the scoring with a penalty before Ireland U20 2017 alumni Peter Cooper, Jonny Stewart and Marcus Rea all crossed. Rodney Ah You also grabbed a try before being red carded and, inevitably the schoolboy speed machine, Aaron Sexton. gabbed his fourth try in three games. Houston completed the scoring with four conversions and a drop goal.

The full results for Round 5 are shown below.

Fri  05 Oct  Ospreys  19-39 Ulster Bridgend
Fri  05 Oct  Munster 40-29  Scarlets Irish Independent Park
Sat  06 Oct Dragons 29-48 Leinster CCSE Ystrad Mynach
Sat  06 Oct  Connacht  12-26 Cardiff Sportsground


Round 5 completed the four rounds of inter conference matches and they now complete the league stage with games in their own conference.  Sadly for Ulster their recent run, which should continue on Sunday against Connacht, will count for nothing as Leinster and Munster have been so dominant in this competition that Ulster were effectively out of contention after the opening round.

The Conference standings after Round 5 are as follows.

Irish Conference
Leinster 5 5 0 0 133 4 24
Munster 5 5 0 0 82 4 24
Ulster 5 3 2 0 -13 2 14
Connacht 5 0 5 0 -58 2 2


Welsh Conference
Scarlets 5 2 2 0 24 6 14
Cardiff 5 2 3 0 -22 5 13
Ospreys 5 2 2 0 -101 2 10
Dragons 4 1 2 0 -26 1 5


The complete and utter dominance of Leinster and Munster in this competition has ensured that the conference system hasn’t worked, in the inaugural season, and a rethink is needed for next year. There has been little coverage and it’s been increasingly difficult to get reliable stats each week.

The competition will be effectively decided a week ahead of schedule with the winner of the Leinster v Munster match at Donnybrook on Friday evening the overwhelming favourites to beat whichever Welsh team they come up against in the final.

Three of the Welsh sides can still in theory progress to the final but Scarlets have to be favourites with a home tie against the Dragons on Saturday afternoon.

The fixtures for the final week of conference matches are as follows.

Fri 12 Oct  2018 17:00 Leinster  v Munster Donnybrook
Sat 13 Oct 2018 14:00 Scarlets v Dragons Church Bank
Sat 13 Oct 2018 14:30 Cardiff  v Ospreys Cardiff Arms Park
Sun 14 Oct 2018 15:30 Connacht  v Ulster Sportsground