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Rollercoaster for McBurney as 'A' team boost their Cup hopes

Ulster 'A' 19 Ospreys Development 3

Mixed night: Adam McBurney had a yellow card and a try
Mixed night: Adam McBurney had a yellow card and a try
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Despite an error-strewn performance, Ulster 'A' ensured their Celtic Cup destiny remains in their own hands with a comfortable 19-3 victory over the Ospreys Development side at Gibson Park in Belfast.

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A hat-trick of forward tries from Peter Cooper, Adam McBurney and Marcus Rea ensured Kieran Campbell's side secured a win that never looked in much doubt.

The result also means that as long as Ulster 'A' win their final match next Friday against their Munster counterparts then they will reach the final, where their likely opponents will be runaway unbeaten leaders Leinster 'A'.

The hosts had to weather a storm when McBurney saw yellow for a no-arms clear-out at a ruck, and Ospreys' Josh Thomas hit what proved their only score with a 21st-minute penalty.

Having seen out McBurney's sin-bin, Ulster took the lead on the half-hour mark when Cooper barrelled his way over from close range. However, they left a great chance out on the pitch just before the interval after spending a long period in the Ospreys' '22'.

After the restart, Ulster extended their lead whenever McBurney got his score, Ospreys full-back Phil Jones sent to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on and the hooker taking full advantage by crossing for the try.

The Ospreys gave a brief reminder that they weren't out of the game when centre Callum Carson intercepted a pass from Bruce Houston and was only denied a breakaway try by a quick chase back by Graham Curtis.

The scoring was completed with virtually the last play of the game when some nice hands sent replacement Rea over.

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