In the third match of the Cara Cup, the New England Free Jacks lost to Ulster A 43-15 on Sunday, March 24 at Union Point Sports Complex in Weymouth, MA.
In the first match, the Connacht Eagles defeated the New England Free Jacks 38-7. The second had the Connacht Eagles beating the Ulster Ravens 44-21.
Ulster will return to Ireland and the Free Jacks will wait to face Munster A on April 6 at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA.
Ulster struck first in the 10th minute with a try from hooker Zack McCall, who was named Man of the Match bu Ulster. The Free Jacks slotted a penalty by Tadhg Leader to cut the lead to 5-3. Ulster answered back with a try from Ben Power, which was converted by Bruce Houston. The Free Jacks Pago Haini then crossed the line, with Leader converting to narrow the lead to 12-10. Just prior to the break, Stewart Moore added a try to push the lead to 17-10 at the break.
Ulster added a try by scrum-half Graham Curtis and another conversion by Houston to lead 24-10. Then Erik Tompson scored to cut the lead to 24-15.
Ulster proved to have the stronger bench with ties by Jack Owens, Charlie Clarke, and Iwan Hughes, with Houston adding two more conversions for a final score of 43-15.
Squads with Player Article Links & Match Preview
New England Free Jacks: 1 Anthony Purpura 2 Steve Hinshaw 3 Dolph Botha 4 Jackson Thiebes 5 Conor Kindregan 6 Owen Hundt 7 Jon Kokinda 8 Pago Haini 9 Erik Thompson 10 Tadhg Leader (C) 11 Steve Dazzo 12 Owen Collins 13 Ahmad Harajly 14 Christian Adams 15 Danny Collins 16 Diego Maquieira 17 Simon Courcoul18 Quentin Newcomer 19 Aaron Cummings 20 Ronan McCusker 21 Oliver Engelhart 22 Bryan Ptomey 23 Peceli Rinakama
ULSTER A SQUAD: 1 Callum Reid 2 Zack McCall 3 Corrie Barrett 4 JJ McKee 5 Jack Regan 6 David McCann 7 Marcus Rea (C) 8 Joe Dunleavy 9 Graham Curtis 10 Bruce Houston 11 Ben McCaughey 12 Ben Power 13 Stewart Moore 14 Iwan Hughes 15 Jack Owens 16 Claytan Milligan 17 Caleb Montgomery 18 Bradley Luney 19 Lewis Finlay 20 Charlie Clarke 21 Michael Stronge
CARA CUP FIXTURES
(All times EST)
Free Jacks v Munster A
Saturday 6th April, 4.00pm
Irish Cultural Centre, Canton MA
Munster A v Leinster A
Wednesday 10th April, 7.00pm
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA
Free Jacks v Leinster A
Sunday 14th April, 5.00pm
Harvard Mignone Field, Boston MA