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.