Published Saturday, 02 November 2013
Ruan Pienaar scored Ulster's points. (© Pacemaker)
A try from George Earle and three Aled Thomas penalties helped the home side to a well-earned victory at Park y Scarlets on Saturday evening.
Ulster, with eight changes since the Cardiff win, struggled amid windy weather in west Wales as they fell to the better side despite three penalties from Ruan Pienaar.
They leave empty handed with a defeat which ends their four-game winning run in the Pro12.
Pienarr opened the scoring for Ulster on eight minutes but the Scarlets dominated possession and responded by piling on the pressure.
The home side got a penalty on 22 minutes and Steven Shingler squared the scores at three-all.
Scarlets continued to press forward and took the lead for the first time nine minutes later with a try from George Earle - however the conversion attempt was hampered by the wind.
Another chance came after Ulster gave the ball away allowing Gareth Maule to break, but it proved a let off after it was knocked forward.
Just before half time the Scarlets stretched their lead to 11-3 with another Thomas penalty.
Ulster had the wind to their backs in the second period and got the first score through Pienaar whose brilliant kick narrowed the gap to five points.
But Thomas scored another kick on 64 minutes to cancel it out after replacement David McIlwaine was yellow-carded for not releasing, making it 14-6.
Pienaar scored his third kick but then missed one from right in front of the posts.
A third penalty from Thomas with three minutes to go completed the 17-9 victory as Ulster's winning streak came to an end, with no bonus point.
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