Typical, we big up the Ulster A team and state what a classic encounter it should be at Donnybrook and the go and swap the team around and get an absolute stuffing by Leinster A in the 4th Round of the Celtic Cup.
It did lead to some amusing texts from the photographer I’d encouraged to go along to the game with the, “It should be an absolute classic”, encouragement. I received a somewhat differing assessment with the halftime report that Ulster were trailing 38 – 0 as the teams changed ends! 😀
Ulster A did end up scoring four tries in the second half with Marcus Rea, David McCann (2) and Tommy O’Hagan all crossing, Bruce Houston converting two.
This leaves the Ulster A scorers table as follows.
Although Ulster A suffered an ego bruising defeat it still looks like it will be a rematch between Leinster and Ulster come the final, such has been these two teams dominance of the competition who remain first and second in the league. Connacht did make up some ground with a bonus point win against Munster, but it’s hard to see Leinster or Ulster dropping any points over the final three fixtures.
The results, to the best of our knowledge, over the weekend were as follows, tries scored in brackets;
|Leinster A||55 (9)||24 (4)||Ulster A|
|Connacht A||38 (5)||27 (3)||Munster A|
|Ospreys A||29 (3)||5 (1)||Cardiff Blues A|
|Dragons A||35 (5)||40 (6)||Scarlets A|
This leaves The FRU OFFICIAL Celtic Cup League standings as follows.
|Cardiff Blues A||4||1||0||(61)||2||6|
Ulster A Remaining Fixtures
It looks like Ulster’s toughest remaining fixture will be this weekend away to the Dragons who have been on the wrong side of the score line in a few high scoring encounters. However, if Ulster A regroup to their previous form they should have enough firepower to come through unscathed.
- Dragons v Ulster A – Saturday 21st September, 2.30pm at CCBC Centre for Sporting Excellence
- Ulster A v Ospreys – Friday 27th September, 5.00pm at Malone RFC
- Ulster A v Munster – Friday 4th October, 5.00pm at Shawsbridge