Saturday 19 October 2019

Ulster's bonus-point win in Wales

A hat-trick from centre Ross Adair in a magnificent game of 10 tries steered the Ulstermen to a fourth win in five matches. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
A hat-trick from centre Ross Adair in a magnificent game of 10 tries steered the Ulstermen to a fourth win in five matches. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ulster A remain on course for a Celtic Cup final shoot-out with reigning champions Leinster A after picking up a bonus-point 43-31 win over Dragons A in Wales.

A hat-trick from centre Ross Adair in a magnificent game of 10 tries steered the Ulstermen to a fourth win in five matches to remain in second place behind Leinster A. The top two teams will contest this season's final.

With home games against Ospreys Development and Munster A to come, their destiny is in their own hands as they attempt to wrestle the title off Leinster.

The bonus-point win came despite the visitors trailing 17-12 to a Dragons side that had hammered Munster A earlier in the tournament.

The second half contained six tries, with Adair adding two and others from Graham Curtis and Luke Pollock.

Outside half Bruce Houston converted five and kicked a late penalty for a match tally of 13 points to underline his importance to his side.

Scorers: Dragons A: Tries: D Buckland, Pen Try, A Owen, W Talbot-Davies; Cons: A Robson 2, J Botica; Pen: A Robson. Ulster A: Tries: R Adair 3, A Hall, G Curtis, L Pollock; Cons: B Houston 5; Pen: B Houston.

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