Ulster A get on the road this week as they still search for their first win in the newly formed Celtic Cup. They travel to Wales where they face Cardiff Blues A at Cardiff Arms in this third round match.
The Round 3 fixtures are shown below.
|Fri 21 Sep||15:00||Connacht||v||Ospreys||Corinthian Park|
|Fri 21 Sep||17:30||Munster||v||Dragons||Irish Independent Park|
|Sat 22 Sep||14:30||Cardiff||v||Ulster||Cardiff Arms|
|Sat 22 Sep||14:30||Scarlets||v||Leinster||Parc Y Scarlets|
I think it would be fair to say that Ulster A have yielded a poor return from their first two matches on home soil, with a try bonus point thier only return. How they will fare against Cardiff is anyone’s guess.
The Blues recorded a win against the Dragons A side in the opening round but received a bit of a hammering by Leinster A last weekend. Ulster in contrast put up a better fight against Leinster A in the opening week, but still went down heavily, and they received a hammering of their own against Scarlets A last week.
Worryingly, Leinster and Munster look to be running away with the Irish Conference with results a bit more even in the Welsh one.
|Irish Conference||Welsh Conference|
Ulster have largely stuck with their back line from last week but have brought in Tommy O’Hagan at loose head and Zac McCall at hooker alongside the returning Rodney Ah You. Clive Ross moves from the back row to second row alongside Bradley Luney and Aaron Hall gets the nod in the back row ahead of Matthew Agnew.
Academy players Paul McGookin and David McCann join the squad for the first time this season.
At the end of the day this competition is all about gaining experience and it’s not a question of how you start but how you finish. Ulster A are all but out of the knockout stages already but I’d guess they are targeting 3 wins from their remaining four games. They are a better side than their results to date have shown and this would be a good weekend to show it.
|Cardiff A||Ulster A|
|Dan Fish||15||Iwan Hughes|
|Tom Williams||14||Robert Baloucoune|
|Harri Millard||13||Jack Owens|
|Ben Thomas||12||James Hume|
|Tom James||11||Aaron Sexton|
|Ben Jones||10||Michael Lowry|
|Dane Blacker||9||Michael Stronge|
|Fraser Young||1||Tommy O’Hagan|
|Liam Belcher||2||Zac McCall|
|Keiron Assiratti||3||Rodney Ah You|
|Shane Lewis-Hughes||4||Clive Ross|
|James Down||5||Bradley Luney|
|Sion Bennett||6||Marcus Rea|
|Cai Devine||7||Aaron Hall|
|Alun Lawrence||8||Joe Dunleavy|
|Ethan Lewis/Iestyn Harris||16||Peter Cromie|
|Garyn Phillips/Ben Warren||17||Peter Cooper|
|Will Davies King||18||Paul McGookin|
|Luke Crocker||19||Matthew Dalton|
|Ioan Rhys Davies||20||David McCann|
|Lewis Jones||21||Graham Curtis|
|Max Llewellin||22||Matthew Agnew|
|Ioan Davies||23||Bruce Houston|