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SCAR­LETS A re­turned to win­ning ways in the Celtic Cup with a 35-19 de­feat of Con­nacht Ea­gles at Car­marthen Park.

Jonny Mur­phy’s try put Con­nacht in front early on, con­verted by Conor Fitzger­ald, but it wasn’t long be­fore Mor­gan Williams was over for the Scar­lets fol­low­ing good work from cen­tre Corey Bald­win. Dan Jones con­verted. Fitzger­ald was then over again for Con­nacht be­fore Stu­art Wor­rell touched down for a con­verted try on half time to level it up 14-14.

Williams scored again af­ter the break along with tries from Dafydd Hughes and St­eff Hughes while Jones ended with five con­ver­sions.

Cian Hux­ford added a third try for Con­nacht.

Cardiff Blues A pro­duced a grand­stand fin­ish but it was not enough to pre­vent a nar­row 33-32 de­feat by Mun­ster A at the Arms Park.

Re­place­ment for­ward Cal­lum Brad­bury and re­place­ment backs Harri Mil­lard and Dan Fish all grabbed tries in the last 10 min­utes of play.

It was ul­ti­mately not enough to top­ple the un­beaten Ir­ish­men al­though home full-back Tom Williams tried an au­da­cious penalty at­tempt from 55 me­tres in the fi­nal minute to snatch vic­tory but the ball fell well short.

The home side’s other points came from a try by hooker Ethan Lewis, two penal­ties and a con­ver­sion from Steven Shin­gler and two con­ver­sions from Williams.

Mun­ster A’s points came from a penalty try, tries from Sean French, Key­nan Knox and Alex McHenry.

Skip­per Bill John­ston kicked three penal­ties and a con­ver­sion.

Ospreys’ de­vel­op­ment side were given a harsh les­son by their Le­in­ster A coun­ter­parts in south Dublin as they crashed to a 53-7 de­feat. Head­ing into this en­counter, Richard Fus­sell’s young side had found them­selves at the sum­mit of the Welsh group but they were no match for the hosts.

A break­away five-pointer from scrumhalf Reuben Mor­gan-Williams, con­verted by Josh Thomas, was as good as it got for Ospreys who trailed 34-7 at the break.

Le­in­ster were in­spired by flanker Scott Penny’s hat-trick with hooker Brain Byrne at the dou­ble while Jimmy O’Brien, Ro­nan Fo­ley and Adam Byrne also dot­ted down.

Else­where Dragons A were beaten 27-19 by Ul­ster A in Bal­ly­mena.

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