Ulster pass Bristol test with straight A's
Ulster A 30 Bristol 5
Ulster 'A' opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a resounding win over Bristol at a bitterly cold Kingspan Stadium last night to give coach Alex Codling's squad the ideal start ahead.
A first-half try from flanker Clive Ross along with second-half efforts courtesy of centres Callum Patterson and Mark Best, along with the 15 points that came from the accurate boot of out-half Sam Windsor, saw Ulster home but they may yet rue missing out on a fourth touchdown and a bonus point.
It was the English Championship leaders - minus their star players for this game - who took an early lead after flanker Max Crumpton got on the end of a driving maul though Callum Sheedy failed to add the conversion. The home side responded when Windsor slotted a penalty to cut Bristol's lead to two points.
Prop Bronson Ross was soon sent to the sin-binning, but Ulster A still managed to get the next score with Windsor kicking his second penalty. Then, just on half-time Clive Ross crashed over with Windsor's conversion giving them a 13-5 lead as the teams trooped off.
The second half saw Ulster A up the pressure on the visitors which yielded a Windsor penalty in the 55th minute before tries either side of the hour from centres Patterson and Best - both converted by Windsor.