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Sunday 20 October 2019

Ulster rock Scarlets for bonus point win

Scarlets 24 Ulster 25

Will Addison dives over to score Ulster's third try during the match against Scarlets. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Will Addison dives over to score Ulster's third try during the match against Scarlets. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ulster showed all the hustle and skill to scuttle Scarlets for a bonus-point win in Wales last night.

The result catapulted them right back into the argument in Pool 4 before Racing 92 host Leicester tomorrow.

Ulster had to survive a nervous finish, having been eight points up with seconds left on the clock.

Rhys Patchell and John Cooney exchanged penalties early on before a spectacular try from Jacob Stockdale (pictured) put Ulster 8-3 ahead in the 10th minute.

But then Scarlets winger Steff Evans exploited the short side for Patchell's conversion to nudge the hosts 10-8 in front.

A lightning Ulster attack, initiated by Rory Best, was finished by Henry Speight for a 13-10 advantage at the break.

A lovely late line by Will Addison from Cooney's pass brought the centre his side's third try in the 50th minute, with Cooney's conversion making it 20-10.

Johnny MacNicholl's hands set Evans away for a try converted by Patchell in the 62nd minute to reduce the gap to three again.

Marcell Coetzee dives over to score Ulster's fourth try against Scarlets at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Marcell Coetzee dives over to score Ulster's fourth try against Scarlets at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ulster kicked on again, Nick Timoney sparking an attack for Marcell Coetzee to find the corner for the bonus-point try and an eight-point lead.

Scarlets still weren't done. Dan Davies' try and Dan Jones' conversion on the stroke of full-time led to a nail-biting period of added-time for the visitors, but they survived for a hugely satisfying result.

Jacob Stockdalecelebrates after scoring Ulster's first. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Jacob Stockdalecelebrates after scoring Ulster's first. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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