Ulster A made it five wins from six matches with a hard fought win against Ospreys Development on Friday evening at Malone RFC in the sixth round of the Celtic Cup. 

You can view the match report and a stack of photos here Ulster A v Ospreys Development. 

It was far from the high scoring classic that we were expecting from this group of players, who seem to have lost some of their mojo in recent weeks.

We’d hit on that subject in our preview last week, and, great player that he is, there did seem to be a disproportionate amount of pictures of Angus Curtis in our photo feeds, indicating the amount of possession that passed through his hands. Unfortunately, the rest of the team weren’t finding the timing for the support lines off him so it was left to the forwards to find the try line with Peter Cooper bagging a brace before the backs found some fluency in the closing minutes to send Hayden Hyde over out wide. 

Coop’s return to his deadly form, from 2m out, puts him back into the Top 3 in our Ulster A Scorers Table in this competition where it’s a race between him and Ross Adair for top try scorer, though captain David McCann is only one score behind. 

ULSTER A SCORERS
PLAYER T C P DG PTS
Bruce Huston 0 19 6 0 56
Peter Cooper 5 0 0 0 25
Ross Adair 5 0 0 0 25
David McCann 4 0 0 0 20
Azur Allison 2 0 0 0 10
Conor Rankin 2 0 0 0 10
Hayden Hyde 2 0 0 0 10
Aaron Hall 1 0 0 0 5
Callum Reid 1 0 0 0 5
Graham Curtis 1 0 0 0 5
Luke Pollock 1 0 0 0 5
Marcus Rea 1 0 0 0 5
Tommy O’Hagan 1 0 0 0 5
Totals 26 19 6 0 186

Ulster’s failure to pick up a bonus point gave third placed Connacht the opportunity to make up some ground and they took full advantage with a bonus point win away to Cardiff, the results from the weekend as follows:

2019 Celtic Cup Round 6
Ulster A 19 (3) 3 (0) Ospreys A
Scarlets A 46 (6) 28 (4) Munster A
Cardiff Blues A 12 (2) 42 (5) Connacht A
Leinster A 55 (9) 17 (3) Dragons A

The results left the FRUOFFICIAL* Celtic Cup League Table as follows.

CELTIC CUP CURRENT STANDINGS
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB PTS
Leinster A 6 6 0 0 308 126 182 47 20 6 0 30
Ulster A 6 5 0 1 186 139 47 26 19 5 0 25
Connacht A 6 5 0 1 177 126 51 21 17 3 0 23
Scarlets A 6 3 0 3 201 182 19 27 26 4 2 18
Dragons A 6 1 0 5 169 212 -43 26 30 4 2 10
Munster A 6 1 1 4 134 194 -60 18 28 2 0 8
Ospreys A 6 1 1 4 109 193 -84 15 28 1 0 7
Cardiff Blues A 6 1 0 5 97 209 -112 15 27 2 0 6

*Other tables are available, it looks like Munster have been doing one as well.  


It seems, since the opening rounds of this competition, that it as been heading towards a Leinster v Ulster final and that still seem’s to be the case. On paper though, Irish rivals, Connacht, and to a lesser degree Munster, still have a say.

Connacht entertain Leinster in the final weekend of league matches and Ulster host Munster at Shawsbridge on Friday night. It is a weekend that could be heavily influenced by the individual provinces’ selection policies, given that it’s the first weekend of the “all new” Energia AIL.

However Ulster and Leinster should have enough strength in depth to get the job done fairly comfortably. 

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