Ulster kept the pressure on league leaders Glasgow Warriors with a 36-17 bonus point triumph over the Cardiff Blues at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.
Early tries from Craig Gilroy and Louis Ludik set the Ulstermen on their way before Ludik’s late second and a Paul Marshall score at the death secured all five points.
The hosts welcomed back Paddy Jackson and Chris Henry from injury, however another returnee Stuart Olding was stretchered off after just four minutes with a leg injury.
Ulster v Wales Part III, coming to stadiums in Belfast this Friday…
Well, that’s what it feels like considering this is our third consecutive game against Welsh opposition, despite them being several weeks apart. And what a few weeks it has been too as we watched Ireland sneak a Six Nations retention on what was a thrilling day of rugby last Saturday – and what could be more pleasing than not only seeing Ireland win but also seeing England throw it away at the last minute?
Ulster missed the chance to go second in the Guinness Pro12 after losing 26-22 to the Newport-Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Sunday afternoon.
It also marks a clean sweep for the Welsh regions over the Irish provinces this weekend with tries from Rhys Buckley, Jonathan Evans and Carl Meyer securing the four points for the Dragons, with Tom Prydie and Dorian Jones providing 11 points between them.
Ulster were particularly lacklustre on the day and were lucky to leave with a bonus point from...
And so our luck continues!
Or maybe you could make the case that it hasn’t – did we get a good comeback win or did we spurn a bonus point? Two sides to a coin that was flipped last Friday night, and although we seemingly had the Scarlets where we wanted them with twenty minutes to go, we couldn’t deliver the killer blow that would have taken us top of the Guinness Pro12 heading into this weekend.
No, instead we are third and, although we are level with Glasgow in second and only one...
Ulster produced a strong second half comeback to defeat the Scarlets 25-20 at the Kingspan Stadium in Friday night’s Guinness Pro12 clash.
Neil Doak saw his side fall 13-6 behind at the break due to a John Barclay try, but after the restart scores from Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall and Ruan Pienaar made sure of the victory for the hosts.
Kristian Phillips’ late try rescued a losing bonus point for Wayne Pivac and the Scarlets, but Ulster will be disappointed that they didn’t get a try...
We seem to be in one of those moods.
You know one of those moods where we always grind out the victory even though we play like drains for the entire game? Yeah, I think we’re in one of those. First Treviso were subject to a late flurry of tries that put the gloss on what up to then was a poor performance, and then last week we somehow managed to cling on against a hapless Edinburgh side despite being down to thirteen men. It’s nerve wracking, if not convincing.
Still, in spite of our...