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2020-21 Cardiff Blues PRO14 Provincial Rugby Men Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Cardiff v Ulster

It’s been a while since I’ve had to do an Ulster match preview as I’ve been concentrating on our Club and Schools output in recent seasons. However, our regular contributor for the PRO14 is unavailable this week so here goes. This season has a feel of “marking time” to me as the pandemic continues to…

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2020-21 Connacht Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Connacht 26 Ulster 21

Ulster’s first game back was not a good one as they fell to a five point defeat at the hands of a well drilled Connacht side, leaving Dan McFarland questioning the mindset of his players. McFarland’s side looked so rusty I’m surprised they didn’t turn to powder when tackled by the Connacht players. I expected…

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 35 Connacht 3

A clinical performance from Ulster saw Ulster run in five tries against Andy Friend’s Connacht side. Alan O’Connor opened the Ulster account while Billy Burns added a second try midway through the first half. Robert Baloucoune and Rob Herring secured the bonus point after 50 minutes while a late Nick Timoney effort added some gloss…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 21 Connacht 13

Ulster march on in the Guinness PRO14 with a hard fought 21-13 win over Connacht at the Kingspan Stadium this evening. An early try from Nick Timoney set the tempo while Marcell Coetzee secured the victory two minutes before the end of the match. The home side stifled Connacht, restricting the away side to just…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 15 Connacht 22

Connacht ended 58 years of hurt against Ulster with a 22-15 victory in Belfast tonight. Jacob Stockdale and Nick Timoney were Ulster’s try scorers but Ulster were unable to overcome a 12 point gap and a man light in the second half Like last week, Ulster endured a tough start. Tiernan O’Halloran crossed after just…

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2018-19 Friendly

Friendly: Ulster 17 Gloucester 29

Ulster were narrowly edged out by Gloucester despite tries from Marcus Rea and Nick Timoney in the first half as well as James Hume in the first of two pre-season friendlies. Despite a fast tempo start from both sides it took until the 28th minute for the deadlock to be broken with Gerbrandt Grobler crossing…

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2017-18 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 36 Glasgow 15

A late Nick Timoney try secured the bonus point for Ulster over Glasgow Warriors and keep the slim hopes of a Guinness PRO14 playoff spot alive. John Cooney opened the scoring while Timoney grabbed a brace. Sean Reidy was Ulster’s other try scorer. It took Ulster until the last minute to make the breakthrough last…

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2017-18 ERCC

ERCC: Ulster 20 La Rochelle 13

Ulster defeat La Rochelle but miss out on a bonus point in a tightly fought affair that ended 20-13. Ulster outscored their visitors with Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale getting on the scoreboard in the first half while Nick Timoney added a third at the start of the second. Alexis Bales was La Rochelle’s sole…

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2017-18 Ulster Rugby

The Coetzee Conundrum

As Ulster prepare for their opening match in this season’s European campaign, it has been confirmed that Marcell Coetzee is back in South Africa to seek medical advice on a reoccurring knee injury. The former Natal Sharks star picked up an injury in training after the opening game against the Cheetahs and was unavailable for…

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2017-18 Ireland Men Sevens

Ireland Men Sevens European Grand Prix

They have been operating somewhat under our radar, but Ireland Men Sevens side take part in the final leg of the 2017 Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series this weekend in Exeter. With three legs already completed the series has been an outstanding success for Ireland men who won the competitions in Moscow and Clermont-Ferrand and…

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2016-17 PRO14

Pienaar and Wilson depart on a win.

Ulster Rugby (10) 17 TRY: Roger Wilson, Andrew Trimble. CON: Paddy Jackson (2). PEN: Paddy Jackson. Leinster Rugby (6) 13 TRY: Penalty try. CON: Joey Carbery. PEN: Joey Carbery (2). Ulster Rugby came out on top 17 – 13 against Leinster in an emotionally charged PRO12 match at Ravenhill on Saturday afternoon. As I was…

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2016-17 PRO14

Ulster Rugby’s playoff hopes end in Swansea

Ospreys Rugby (17) 24 TRY: Tom Habberfield, Tyler Ardron, Brendon Leonard. CON: Dan Biggar (3). PEN: Dan Biggar Ulster Rugby (3) 10 TRY: Jacob Stockdale. CON: Paddy Jackson. PEN: Paddy Jackson. Ulster Rugby’s playoff hopes took a fatal hit on Saturday afternoon with a 24 – 10 defeat by Ospreys Rugby at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Ospreys v Ulster

The teams have been announced for the PRO12 match between Ospreys and Ulster Rugby which takes place on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Kick off 3:00 pm live on BBCNI. We have opted for three changes with Craig Gilroy, Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Diack joining the starting line up at fullback, inside centre and No. 8…

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2016-17 PRO14

Cardiff dampen Ulster Rugby’s top four charge!

Ulster Rugby (14) 24 TRY: Paddy Jackson, Penalty Try, Luke Marshall. CON: Paddy Jackson (3). PEN: Paddy Jackson. Cardiff Blues (10) 24 TRY: Sam Warburton, Rey Lee-Lo (2). CON: Gareth Anscombe (3). PEN: Gareth Anscombe. Ulster Rugby’s chances of a Guinness PRO12 play of place suffered an almost fatal blow following Friday night’s 24 all draw…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Ulster Rugby v Cardiff Blues

Teams are up for Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster Rugby and Cardiff Blues which takes place at Ravenhill. Kick off 19:35, live on BBCNI. Ulster welcome back Rory Best and Paddy Jackson to the starting line up with Stuart Olding moving from out half to inside centre to accommodate Jackson. Roger Wilson replaces…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Teams up for Munster Ulster B&I Cup Quarter Final.

The teams have been announced for the B&I Cup Quarter Final between Munster A and Ulster A which takes part at Musgrave Park, Cork on Saturday afternoon.  Ulster A everpresent Mark Best captains the Ulster side from centre where he partners Jack Owens.  Aaron Cairns returns from injury to take up his place on the wing.…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I Cup: Cardiff Blues PS 27 Ulster A 30

Cardiff Blues Premier Select (17) 27 TRY: Cam Dolan, Gareth Thompson, Ben Jones. CON: Gareth Thompson (3). PEN: Gareth Thompson (2). Ulster A (13) 30 TRY: Lorcan Dow, Brett Herron, Philip Cooper. CON: Johnny McPhillips (3). PEN: Johnny McPhillips (3). Ulster A continued their positive progression in the British and Irish Cup with a 30 – 27 win against Cardiff…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I Cup: Teams up for Cardiff Blues PS v Ulster A.

There are a handful of changes on both sides for this return leg of the British and Irish Cup match which takes place on Saturday afternoon at Sardis Road, Pontypridd. Kick off 2:30 pm.  Ulster have made four changes in the back line, the most noteworthy being Johnny McPhillips starting at 10 ahead of Brett…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I CUP: Ulster A 16 Cardiff Blues PS 10

Ulster A (9) 16  TRY: Jack Owens. CON: Johnny McPhillips. PEN: Johnny McPhillips. Cardiff Blues Premiership Select (7) 10 TRY: Kyle Evans. CON: Gareth Thompson. PEN: Gareth Thompson. The boot of Johnny McPhillps was the difference between the teams when Ulster A entertained Cardiff Blues Premiership Select at Ballymena RFC on Friday evening.  The result,…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I Cup: Teams up for Ulster A v Cardiff Blues PS

The teams have been announced for Ulster A’s British and Irish Cup third round match against Cardiff Blues Premiership Select which takes place at Ballymena RFC on Friday evening. Kick off 7:00 pm. Im pleased to see that there is a degree of continuity in these Ulster sides this season with eleven of the squad…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I Cup: London Scottish 34 Ulster A 29

London Scottish (22) 34 TRY: Alec Coombes (2), Robbie Fergusson (2), Ally Miller. CON: Harry Sheppard (2), Craig Holland. PEN: Harry Sheppard. Ulster A (19) 29 TRY: Rob Lyttle, Lorcan Dow, John Andrew (2). CON: Johnny McPhillips (3). PEN: Johnny McPhillips Despite bagging four tries Ulster A came out on the wrong side of the scoreline, slipping…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I Cup: Teams up for London Scottish v Ulster A

The teams are up for Ulster A’s British and Irish Cup match away to London Scottish at Athletic Ground tomorrow afternoon, kick off 2:30pm.  The big news is that the team features Wiehahn Herbst who makes his first competitive appearance since January, the introduction of the prop is one of six changes to the side from last…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

B&I CUP: Ulster A 19 Jersey Reds 6

Ulster ‘A’ (9) 19 TRY: Sam Windsor. CON: Johnny McPhillips. PEN: Johnny McPhillips (4). Jersey Reds PEN: Sam Katz (2) Don”t have much time for a write up this week, but this was a good win for Ulster A nonetheless and it is good to see that they now appear to be taking this competition seriously. Sam Windsor…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Academy: Munster 21 Ulster 18

Munster Academy (0) 21 TRY: Colm Hogan (2), Gavin Coombes. CON: Conor Fitzgerald. Ulster Academy (18) 18 TRY: Aaron Cairns, Adam McBurney. PEN: Johnny McPhillips (2). CON: Johnny McPhillips. Ulster Academy raced to an 0 – 18 lead at halftime against their Munster counterparts. Unfortunately another second half capitulation saw them concede 21 unanswered points…