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Saturday 24 March 2018

Ayr cut loose with try blitz to leave Ravens grounded at foot of table

Ayr 41 Ulster Ravens 22

Ulster's James McKinney
Ulster's James McKinney

Ulster hopes of reaching the play-off stages took a dive when they were well beaten by Ayr at Millbrae. They are now at the bottom of the Pool 6 table after the Scottish team recorded their first win.

Ulster took the lead with a Stuart McCloskey try converted by James McKinney, but Ayr equalised when out-half Finn Russell converted his own try. McKinney added a late penalty, but it was the home team who were 15-10 in front at the half-way stage.

Ulster levelled with a Conor Joyce try, but Ayr dominated most of the remainder of play, with their speedy centre Ross Curle scoring twice. A try from Adam Liddell reduced arrears, but Ayr added another to bring their total to six for a warranted victory.

Cornish Pirates now have a nine-point lead in the table, with three bonus point wins. Jersey are in second with six, Ayr on five and Ulster on four. Ulster can make some amends when they face Ayr at Deramore Park on Friday.

Ayr – G Anderson (capt), R Dalgleish, R Curle, R Fergusson, B McGuigan, F Russell, M McConnell, G Hunter, F Scott, D Rae, C Templeton, S Sutherland, J Eddie, A Dunlop, P McCallum. Reps: F Gillies, G Reid, N Cox, G Williamson, P Jericebich, S Wright, K Gossman.

Ulster Ravens – R Andrew, R Adair, S McCloskey, P Wallace (capt), P Nelson, J McKinney, M Heaney, K McCall, J Murphy, R Lutton, M Campbell, M Rea, C Joyce, F Taggart, A Hamilton. Reps: P Jackson, A Macklin, J Atkinson, L Dow, D Shanahan, D Busby, A Liddell.

REF – A Jackson (RFU)

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