Almost three weeks after the fixtures for the Aviva Premiership and TOP14 were released, the Guinness PRO14 fixtures have finally been revealed and with it confirmation that Ulster will face last season’s finalists, Scarlets, in the opening match of the 2018-19 campaign at Kingspan Stadium.
As reported in the Belfast Telegraph on Friday, a home match against Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh follows before a double header in South Africa on the 16th and 21st September.
Attention turns to the inter-provincial matches in rounds five and six as Ulster travel to Munster before hosting Connacht at Kingspan Stadium before the league takes a two-week break as Ulster kick off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign.
Ulster return to league action with matches at home to Dragons and away to Treviso. A tough festive period begins with an away trip to Scarlets on 23rd November before facing Cardiff and Munster at home and Connacht and Leinster away.
Ulster only achieved 12 match points in those five game weeks last season and against this year’s opposition they won just one match.
The matches during the Six Nations were a disaster with losses to Edinburgh at Kingspan, Scarlets and finally Cardiff. This year they take a trip to Swansea to play Ospreys, face Zebre at home and play Dragons in Newport. Ulster should post a better score this year during the Six Nations.
Last year Ulster concluded the season with wins over Edinburgh, Ospreys and Glasgow as well as a draw against Munster. This year it is no easier as Ulster travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh in the first two weekends of April before finishing with an inter-pro match against Leinster at Kingspan.
Now all we have to wait for is confirmation on the European fixtures which should be out within the next couple of weeks.