Ulster triumph in Wales against Dragons

Dragons 19 - 46 Ulster
Published Friday, 26 October 2012
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Ulster maintained their lead at the top of the PRO12 with an impressive bonus-point win over Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday.

Ulster triumph in Wales against Dragons
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar scored two penalties against Newport Gwent Dragons. (© Presseye)

The Ulstermen made it eight wins from eight this season to pile the misery on the struggling Dragons, who still have just Zebre beneath them in the table.

The hosts had a formidable records against Ulster, who had won just once on their travels to Newport since 2006.

But the Ulstermen made the most of their final chance to impress before several players join up with the rest of the Ireland squad next week, ahead of the start of the Autumn International series.

Prop Tom Court made the most of the opportunity, displaying superb handling skills to pick up Ruan Pienaar's offload for the game's opening try.

After Andy Tuilagi had responded for the hosts, Ulster hit back with a further two tries before the break, the first coming from rampaging number eight Nick Williams.

That was followed by a wonderfully opportunistic score from Pienaar, who chased his own kick before charging down the attempted return and nipping in to touch down.

After two Pienaar penalties had extended the lead, Darren Cave secured the bonus point with a fourth try early in the second half, but Ulster weren't finished.

Andrew Trimble intercepted a loose pass before sprinting for the line for Ulster's fifth of the evening, and Jared Payne completed the rout when he went over after a great disguised pass from Paddy Jackson.

Pienaar's conversion wrapped up the comprehensive 27-point victory for the Ulstermen who remain unbeaten this season.

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