Monday 24 July 2017

Jones' late try gives battling Ulster a bad case of the Blues

Ulster A 17 Bedford Blues 22

After the restart winger Sam Blanchet put a foot in touch when closing in on the Ulster line and then Steffan Jones was just wide with an attempted drop-goal (Stock image)
After the restart winger Sam Blanchet put a foot in touch when closing in on the Ulster line and then Steffan Jones was just wide with an attempted drop-goal (Stock image)

Ulster were eliminated from the British and Irish Cup after a third defeat in five games when Bedford repeated their recent home 27-18 success with another at Deramore Park, Belfast.

A much-changed Blues team were soon in front when Phil Boulton crossed in the corner.

Ulster then took the lead for the only time with an excellent try by winger Jacob Stockdale. John McPhillips added the conversion.

Play swung to the other end when a break by Harry Wells led to winger Dean Adamson touching down and this time Jake Sharp was successful with the conversion. Just before the interval, home out-half McPhillips added a penalty to reduce the arrears to 10-12.

After the restart winger Sam Blanchet put a foot in touch when closing in on the Ulster line and then Steffan Jones was just wide with an attempted drop-goal.

Another good visiting move followed with Tom Griffiths sending Henry Staff over for the third.

Ulster came back again and levelled with a converted Mark Best try. They continued to look the better team but against the run of play Bedford broke away and earned their bonus point with a try by Jones.

Ulster A - R McBurney, R Lyttle, M Best, S Windsor, J Stockdale, J McPhillips, D Shanahan, L Dow, N Timoney, C Joyce, P Browne, J Donnan, B Ross, J Andrew, A Warwick. Reps: J Murphy, R Murphy, J Simpson, A Thompson, C Young, P Rowley, A Magrath.

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