With the first two rounds of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup having been successfully completed, the draw for the third round took place at Kingspan Stadium last Friday. The draw was made by Ulster Branch President, Bobby Stewart, and Richard Caldwell, representing Danske Bank. With the top eight seeded teams entering the competition at this stage there was tremendous interest in the draw and the outcome did not disappoint!
Paddy Jackson's boot made the difference for Ulster tonight at Kingspan Stadium, dispatching a last-gasp penalty to see off a combative Dragons side and nudge the province above the Scarlets and Connacht to the top of the Guinness PRO12.
An eight-try demolition of Oyonnax this afternoon at the Kingspan Stadium gave Ulster their best possible chance of progress into the last eight of the European Rugby Champions Cup, with the victory, four-try bonus point and final pool points differential of 60 applying intense pressure on their Round Six rivals.
Pete Browne says that Dragons will be boosted by their win over Leinster at the weekend, but he is confident that a high tempo gameplan and vocal home support will help Ulster to a third successive win.
Speaking to URTV, Assistant Coach Allen Clarke welcomed the return of Stuart Olding to the Ulster XV, outlined the importance of giving opportunities to Hughes Insurance Academy players Lorcan Dow and Jacob Stockdale, and said the team is expecting a tricky test against Treviso on Saturday.