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Sunday 22 September 2019

Resilient Ulster grind out victory

Ulster A 24 Scarlets Select 18

An Aaron Cairns try saw the start of an Ulster comeback. Photo: Graham Stuart/Sportsfile
An Aaron Cairns try saw the start of an Ulster comeback. Photo: Graham Stuart/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Thirteen points in arrears at the end of the first quarter, Ulster rallied to defeat Scarlets Select at Banbridge.

It was a disappointing start for the home team who held their opponents out for the first ten minutes but then suddenly conceded two tries and a Rhys Jones penalty.

The first came when winger Tom Prydie burst through to score in the corner and two minutes later No 8 Jack Condy was driven over.

Ulster were jolted into action and within six minutes they managed to cross their opponents' line twice. Good work by Joe Dunleavy and captain Ross Kane led to an Aaron Cairns score which Jonny McPhillips goaled.

He was again on target four minutes later after Dunleavy managed to stretch over the visitors' line. After 34 minutes McPhillips completed the home fightback with a penalty from the 10-metre line to make the interval score 17-13.

After such an exciting first period, play became rather dull between two equally-balanced teams. A converted Jack Owens try gave Ulster a 24-13 advantage but Scarlets wanted at least a losing bonus point and this they deservedly achieved when Josh Helps crossed right at the end.

Ulster A - J Owens; D Busby; C Patterson, R Butler, A Kernohan; J McPhillips, A Cairns; A Warwick, A McBurney, R Kane (c), J Regan, P Browne, C Montgomery, A Hall, J Dunleavy. Reps: Z McCall, M Cromie, M Dalton, G Jones, J Stewart, B Herron, M Lowry

Scarlets Select - M Williams; T Prydie, I Nicholas, S Hughes (c), R Conbeer; R Jones, D Smith; R Fawcett, E Yardley, J Sebastian, J Helps, J Jones, S Worrall, S Evans, J Condy. Reps: M Moore, S Thomas, L Ellis-Jones, D Davis, A Schwartz, J Maynard, M McBryde.

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