Thursday 24 January 2019

Ross fires Ulster 'A' ahead

Scarlets 13 Ulster 'A' 24

Man of the match Clive Ross. Photo: John Dickson / Sportsfile
Man of the match Clive Ross. Photo: John Dickson / Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Ulster 'A' have finished top of Section 1 in the British and Irish Cup after a comfortable victory over Scarlets on Saturday.

However, they were fifth best overall so they face an away quarter-final at Bedford Blues, who had a try bonus against Nottingham to secure a home draw, along with Ealing, Leinster 'A' and Jersey.

At Llandovery, Ulster were 10 points ahead after as many minutes. Following a scrum, second row forward Clive Ross, the Man of the Match, charged over for Peter Nelson to convert. Nelson then added a penalty, but six minutes later a grubber kick led to Corey Baldwin scoring Scarlets' only try for Jacob Botica to convert.

Despite being reduced to 14, the home side levelled with a Botica penalty, but Ulster bagged a penalty try on the half-hour to go 17-10 up.

On the hour Ulster wrapped things up as captain John Andrew crossed for Nelson to convert.

Scarlets - D Evans, E Phillips, J Sebastian, J Helps, C Long, L Ellis-Jones, S Worrall, J Condy, J Evans, J Botica, R Conbeer, R Jones, C Baldwin, M Griffiths, T Rodgers. Reps: T Davies, S Thomas, S Gardiner, D Davis, A Schwartz, J Maynard, S Lloyd
Ulster 'A' - T O'Hagan, J Andrew, T O'Toole, P Browne, C Ross, C Montgomery, M Agnew, M Rea, J Stewart, P Nelson, A Cairns, C Patterson, L Marshall, A Kernohan, J Owens. Reps: Z McCall, E O'Sullivan, M Dalton, A Hall, G Jones, M Stronge, R Butler

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