Wednesday 18 September 2019

Holders hit Scarlets 'A' for half century

Celtic Cup round-up

Leinster's Jack Kelly goes over to score his side's first try. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Leinster's Jack Kelly goes over to score his side's first try. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

All three of the Irish provinces involved in Celtic Cup action on Saturday clinched bonus-point victories over Welsh opposition.

Holders Leinster ‘A’ welcomed Scarlets ‘A’ to Energia Park where they powered to an eight-try 50-12 win in relentless fashion.

Jack Kelly opened the scoring in the third minute after half-back duo Paddy Patterson and Harry Byrne combined well to create space for him to touch down.

Mark Hernan and Niall Comerford added further tries, both converted by Byrne, for a 21-0 advantage at the break.

Kelly, Comerford, Michael Milne, Paddy McKenzie and Ronan Foley all added tries before the end.

Ulster banked another five points on the table with a resounding 32-5 win against Cardiff Blues ‘A’.

They held a slightly flattering 11-0 lead at the interval but improved considerably thereafter with tries from Azur Allison, Conor Rankin and Hayden Hyde.

Ireland U-20 Grand Slam winner Dylan Tierney-Martin made a major statement in his first outing for Connacht Eagles in the Celtic Cup this season as he crossed for two of his side’s five tries at Bridgend.

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Out-half Conor Dean also shone as he kicked 15 points to take his tally to 29 in two games and his battle with Ulster’s Bruce Houston next week will be one to watch.

Niall Murray, Hugh Lane and Mikey Wilson were also on the score sheet in the bonus point win against Ospreys Development squad that ended 40-19.

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