In an entertaining encounter at the Kingspan Stadium, a superb late try by replacement hooker John Andrew earned the home side a hard-earned 27-20 win.
With the scores locked at 2o points apiece with only four minutes to go, the Ulstermen launched an attack from their own 10m line through centre Luke Marshall. Marshall shipped it on to his midfield partner Stuart McCloskey who, with two defenders on him, slipped a beautiful offload to veteran winger Tommy Bowe who crossed the halfway line and after beating one man and floating a lovely inside pass to the supporting Paul Marshall.
Marshall took Ulster up into the Scarlets 22, stepping Steff Evans before being hauled down. With the Scarlets defence at sixes and sevens, the ball was quickly recycled. And with a huge gap out to the right, Luke Marshall checked before floating a lovely long pass to Andrew who crossed unopposed with two men outside him, for a superb try.
They’re celebrating again.
? @UlsterRugby score a crucial try against Scarlets
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Missing important men such as Marcell Coetzee, Jean Deysel, Charles Piutau and Craig Gilroy, the home side showed real character to twice come from behind in a cracking second-half, after leading 9-3 at the break.
Reigning champions Scarlets scored two tries through former Crusaders flyer Johnny McNicholl and Jonathan Davies, with the returning Davies’ try a superb team effort and new signing Leigh Halfpenny contributed eight points with the boot for Wayne Pivac’s men.
However, Jacob Stockdale’s try and Ryan’s late effort allied with four John Cooney penalties, and a penalty and conversion by Australian Christian Lealiifano, ensured that Les Kiss’ men continued their winning start to the season.
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