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Match Report

On a cold Ravenhill evening the Dragons failed to bring home any points in the bag despite playing the better rugby for many phases of the game.

By Joe Crocker

On a cold Ravenhill evening the Dragons failed to bring home any points in the bag despite playing the better rugby for many phases of the game.

Despite a scrappy first 10 minutes the home team took control between two Jason Tovey penalties to score two tries.  The first came from Robbie Diack who juggled a well-moved short lineout to score in the right hand corner whilst Ruan Pienaar scored under the posts following some strong midfield running and slick passing.  

A penalty each by Tovey and Pienaar brought an even first half to an end with the score 15-9.

Early second half commitment, control and pressure resulted in another Tovey penalty to reduce the deficit to 3 points but a cracking finish by Craig Gilroy immediately from the restart extended Ulster's advantage and gave them a sniff of the bonus point.

Even with a player in the bin for 10 minutes Ulster looked the stronger team and kept the Dragons deep in their own half although never really threatened to score.

Steve Jones, who was making his 160th appearance in a Dragons' shirt left the field after 62 minutes whilst the Dragons were having their best part of the game, keeping the home team well within their own 22 even ignoring a couple of kickable penalties in an effort to get more on the board.

Within the last 5 minutes Ulster were reduced to 14 men again when Ian Whitten was binned for a professional foul but hey kept their cool and kicked another penalty to effectively end any hopes of even a bonus point for the Dragons.

Former Osprey, Steffan Terblanche, put the final nail the coffin for the Dragons with an Ulster bonus-point try, converted by Pienaar.

Full time:
Ulster 30 - Dragons 12

T C D P Ulster V Dragons T C D P
Substituted Callum Black 1 Nathan Williams Substituted
Substituted Andy Kyriacou 2 Steve Jones Substituted
(C) John Afoa 3 Nathan Buck Substituted
Substituted Lewis Stevenson 4 Adam Jones Substituted
Dan Tuohy 5 Rob Sidoli
Mike McComish 6 Jevon Groves
Yellow card Substituted Willie Faloon 7 Darren Waters Substituted
1 Robbie Diack 8 Gavin Thomas
1 2 2 Ruan Pienaar 9 Wayne Evans Substituted
Substituted Ian Humphreys 10 Jason Tovey 4
1 Stefan Terblanche 11 Aled Brew
Nevin Spence 12 Ashley Smith (C)
Yellow card Ian Whitten 13 Adam Hughes
1 Craig Gilroy 14 Jamie Smith Substituted
Substituted Adam D'Arcy 15 Martyn Thomas
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Nigel Brady 16 Rhys Buckley Substitution
Substitution Paddy McAllister 17 Phil Price Substitution
Adam Macklin 18 Dan Way Substitution
Substitution Tim Barker 19 Hugo Ellis Substitution
Substitution Ali Birch 20 Tom Brown Substitution
Substitution Paul Marshall 21 Joe Bedford Substitution
Mike Allen 22 Andy Tuilagi Substitution
Substitution Simon Danielli 23 Lewis Robling

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