Celtic Cup: Round 3 Wrap

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Luke Pollock becomes the latest youngster to be blooded in this exciting Ulster A side.

Ulster A picked up another bonus point win on Friday afternoon, beating their Connacht counterparts 33 – 13 at Ballymena RFC.

Peter Cooper continued his remarkable season with a brace of tries in the second half to secure the bonus point win for Ulster after David McCann, Conor Rankin and Ross Adair crossed in the first. Bruce Houston continued his good kicking form adding four conversions.

You can view the Ulster A v Connacht Eagles match report and gallery here. 

The Ulster A scorers over the three matches to date are shown below.

Bruce Huston0105035
Peter Cooper300015
Azur Allison200010
Conor Rankin200010
David McCann200010
Ross Adair200010
Callum Reid10005
Hayden Hyde10005

The Celtic Cup now looks like being a two horse race between Ulster A and Leinster A who happen to meet this coming weekend and, following this weekend’s results, they are the only unbeaten sides left in the competition. The results from week 3 are as follows with tries scored shown in brackets.

Ulster A33 (5)13 (1)Connacht A
Munster A21 (3)47 (7)Leinster A
Scarlets A55 (8)14 (2)Ospreys A
Cardiff Blues A40 (6)31 (5)Dragons A
2019 Celtic Cup Round 3 Results

There were 37 tries scored this week, the highest total by some margin. The average points scored per game has zoomed up from 44 for last weeks games to 64 for this week which is also the highest weekly total.

Plugging all the information we could gather on the matches gives us a FRU ORIGINAL Celtic Cup League Table  as follows.

Leinster A33083315
Ulster A33050315
Connacht A320619
Dragons A3101237
Scarlets A310037
Cardiff Blues A310(37)26
Munster A301(52)02
Ospreys A301(62)02
2019 Celtic Cup standings after Round 3

Nothing will be decided this weekend as Ulster make the short jaunt down the M1 to play Leinster at  Energia Park, Donnybrook, but I suspect it’ll be cracking game and it’d be nice to see a good crowd of Ulster supporters make the trip.

This is a hard working team that’s worth the support and I’d guess it’ll be a much better game than what was served up at Ravenhill on Saturday.

Ulster A remaining fixtures.

  • Leinster v Ulster A – Saturday 14th September, 3.00pm at Donnybrook
  • Dragons v Ulster A – Saturday 21st September, 2.30pm at Venue TBC
  • Ulster A v Ospreys – Friday 27th September, 5.00pm at Malone RFC
  • Ulster A v Munster – Friday 4th October, 5.00pm at Shawsbridge

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