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Saturday, 5 October, 2002, 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK
Ulster hammer Caerphilly
Tony McWhirter won a Heineken Cup medal with Ulster in 1999
Tony McWhirter's try was set up by Shane Stewart
Celtic League Pool A
Caerphilly 15-67 Ulster

Ulster hammered Caerphilly 67-15 in Saturday's Celtic League clash at Virginia Park.

The Irish province earned a bonus point thanks to this eight-try victory which moved them ahead of Llanelli in the Celtic League table.

Ulster will meet Llanelli in their remaining group match at Ravenhill in three weeks with the winner guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Alan Solomons' side were always in control of Saturday's match.

Two early David Humphreys penalties put Alan Solomons' side 6-0 ahead after 10 minutes and a Tony McWhirter try then helped extend the visitors' lead to 17 points.

David Humphreys had another fine game for Ulster
David Humphreys: 27 Ulster points

Substitute centre Shane Stewart had set up McWhirter's score and the replacement himself added Ulster's second first half try.

Five Humphreys penalties and a conversion from the Irish fly-half left Ulster 27-8 ahead at the break with Caerphilly's scores having been a Allen Chiltern try and Fionn McLaughlin penalty.

Ulster's dominance increased after the break with replacement Neil Best scoring an immediate try.

Further second half tries were scored by Warren Brosnihan, Jonathan Bell, Matt Sexton, Tyrone Howe and Best once more.

  Match details:
Ulster 67 (27)
Tries: N Best 2, Howe, Brosnihan, McWhirter, Stewart, Bell, Sexton
Pens: Humphreys 5
Cons: Humphreys 6
Caerphilly 15 (8)
Tries: Chiltern 2
Pens: McLaughlin 1
Cons: McLaughlin 1

With victory assured, Ulster eased off in the closing stages and Caerphilly had the last word through Chiltern's second try although it scarcely served as a consolation.

David Humphreys finished with 27 points for Ulster.

The Irish star acknowledged afterwards that it had been a comfortable victory.

"We were never in any trouble because we got off to a good start," said Humphreys.

"In a couple of games recently, we made slow starts but today we started with a bang, getting a couple of kicks and a couple of tries.

"Caerphilly heads seemed to drop after that and it was fairly comfortable for us".


Caerphilly: J Thomas, O Ashman, S Cox, R Boobyer, T Taufahema, F McLaughlin, A Chiltern, L Manning, C Ferris (capt), R Skuse, N Watkins, N Rouse, G Jones, J El-Abd, M Workman
Replacements: S Headington, J Murphy, D Sweet, F Vunipola, P Jones, A Williams, G Liddon / R Bilton

Ulster: B Cunningham; S Young; R Constable, J Bell, T Howe; D Humphreys, N Doak; J Fitzpatrick, M Sexton, R Kempson, G Longwell, J Davidson (capt), W Brosnihan, N McMillan, T McWhirter
Replacements: S Best, P Shields, M Blair, N Best, K Campbell, A Larkin, S Stewart

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