Monday 5 December 2016

Ulster 'A' face uphill battle after Bedford loss

Bedford 27 Ulster 'A' 18

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

In a game in which Ulster were only in front once, Bedford after leading 17-12 at the interval ran in three tries to their opponents’ two but the main difference was the kicking ability of Sharp with all three conversions and two penalties
In a game in which Ulster were only in front once, Bedford after leading 17-12 at the interval ran in three tries to their opponents’ two but the main difference was the kicking ability of Sharp with all three conversions and two penalties

Games can be won or lost by the ability of the kicker and if Ulster's Sam Windsor had been as accurate as Bedford's Jake Sharp the result of this British and Irish Cup tie at Goldington Road could well have been reversed.

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The English team, following their previous 35-6 success over Scarlets Select, are now the Pool 2 leaders while Ulster have a lot of work to do, especially after their promising opening start against Bristol (30-5).

Bedford are the favourites to win the Pool as they should be far too strong for the West Country team. In a game in which Ulster were only in front once, Bedford after leading 17-12 at the interval ran in three tries to their opponents' two but the main difference was the kicking ability of Sharp with all three conversions and two penalties.

Bedford - P O'Connor; D Adamson, M Le Bourgeois, O Dodge, J Pritchard; J Sharp, J Burns; A Lundberg, S James, C Parilli-Ocampo, M Howard (c), H Wells, J Blanchet, J Buggea, J Conlon. Replacements: C Clare, J Culverhouse, M Flanagan, N Fenton-Wells, P White, M Dorrian, S Jones.

Ulster 'A' - J McPhillips; R Scholes, S Arnold, L Marshall, R Lyttle; S Windsor, D Shanahan; A Warwick, J Andrew, J Simpson, L Stevenson, P Browne, C Ross. W Faloon (c), S Reidy. Replacements: J Murphy, R Murphy, B Ross, A O'Connor, S Mulholland, P Rowley, C Patterson.

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