The much anticipated Cara Cup kicked off last weekend. The Free jacks play host to all four of the Irish provinces ‘A sides’ as they prepare to join the MLR next season.
The opening game took place last Saturday as the Free jacks played host to the Connacht Eagles.
Connacht Eagles had settled in well to the Boston area having participated in the Boston St. Patrick’s day parade but after that, it was very much down to business.
The eagles started off the game in fantastic fashion with center Sean O’Brien pouncing onto an intercept to score early on. A further try was scored by number 8 Neal Moylett to leave the score at 12-0 at half time.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Connacht dominating particularly in the set pieces. Connacht exerted enough pressure often enough on the scrum to force the referee to sin-bin Free Jacks and Eagles prop Anthony Purpura. The game ended with Connacht running out convincing winners 38-7.
Connacht V Ulster
The second game of the Cara Cup saw Connacht Eagles take on Ulster A. Connacht would have been a bit more familiar with the Ulster team than their previous game against the Free Jacks and it showed. Connacht’s defence stifled the Ulster attack well throughout the game and kept Ulster off the score sheet going into halftime. Connacht led going into the second half 22-0.
Ulster started the second half with more purpose and intensity but Connacht were not backing down either and responded through our player to watch Sean O’Brien scoring and then the Irish capped Robin Copeland added another try to leave the score 39-21 to Connacht on the 65th minute.
The game finished at 44-21 with the Eagles making it 2 from 2 in Boston before returning home. Ulster take on the Free Jack on Sunday at 6.30pm at the Union Point Sports Complex in South Weymouth.
See here for the remaining fixture list.