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Ulster’s Rory Best is tackled by Scarlets duo Rob McCusker, left, and Aaron Shingler during last night’s Pro12 play-off

Ulster’s Rory Best is tackled by Scarlets duo Rob McCusker, left, and Aaron Shingler during last night’s Pro12 play-off

Ulster’s Rory Best is tackled by Scarlets duo Rob McCusker, left, and Aaron Shingler during last night’s Pro12 play-off

Ulster sent out a chilling message to Leinster or Glasgow Warriors with a 28-17 domination of The Scarlets in the PRO12 League semi-final at a raucous Ravenhill last night.

Scarlet Owen Williams stepped in at fly-half for late withdrawal Rhys Priestland to post a fifth-minute penalty off wing Andy Fenby's counter from deep, soon wiped out by Ruan Pienaar's immediate reply.

Jared Payne sparked an Ulster surge which was soon followed by an altercation between Liam Williams and Andrew Trimble, both seeing yellow from referee Alain Rolland.

It took the cool heads of Pienaar and Tommy Bowe to make the break, the latter stepping inside George North for a fine try, converted by Pienaar in the 26th minute.

Ulster's insistence on going for the corner, instead of points, paid off when Robbie Diack rumbled over at the rear of a maul and Pienaar struck for three to stretch it out to 18-3 at the interval.

The game was put to bed when prop Tom Court picked from the base of a ruck and powered over for seven points, before replacement Gareth Davies sliced Ulster open to hand Owen Williams a simple conversion.

Any prospect of a comeback was quickly quelled when Pienaar shot three after lock Joe Snyman took Trimble out without the ball.

The Welsh started to get their hands on the ball. It eventually told when replacement Sione Timani burst over from a tap penalty for Owen Williams to close out the match.


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