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Last Updated: Friday, 17 October, 2003, 19:33 GMT 20:33 UK
Ulster edge out Warriors
Winger Tyrone Howe scored a first half try for Ulster
Ulster (10) 26
Tries: Howe, B Cunningham
Cons: Larkin (2)
Pens: Larkin (4)
Warriors (8) 20
Try: E Lewis
Pens: Jenkins (5)
Att: 6,625
Ulster 26-20 Celtic Warriors

Ulster maintained their strong League challenge with an exciting win over the Celtic Warriors at Ravenhill on Friday.

The victory made it four wins out of five in the Celtic League for Alan Solomons' side while it was a third defeat in the campaign for the Welsh team.

The first score of the game did not come until the 28th minute when Ulster flyhalf Adam Larkin landed a penalty.

Two minutes later the sides were level as Neil Jenkins replied with a penalty for the Dragons.

In first half stoppage time winger Tyrone Howe's pace brought Ulster the opening try in the left corner and Larkin did well to add the touchline conversion.

However, there was still time for the Welsh outfit to get a try of their own before the interval, full-back Emyr Lewis punishing some ineffective Ulster tackling to go over on the right.

Jenkins was just off target with the conversion to leave Ulster 13-11 ahead at the break.

Larkin and Jenkins exchanged penalties early in the second half before Ulster scored another try through Bryn Cunningham on 48 minutes.

It followed a great break by James Topping, carried on by Kieran Campbell and finished by the supporting Ulster full-back.

Jenkins then landed his third penalty of the game to leave Ulster 20-14 in front.

Jenkins and Larkins both kicked two more penalties to leave the Irish province with a six-point margin of victory.

Ulster: B Cunningham, S Young, S Mallon, S Stewart, T Howe, A Larkin, K Campbell, R McCormack, P Shields, R Moore, M Mustchin, M McCullough, A Ward (capt), N Best, T McWhirter.
Replacements: B Young, M Sexton, R Frost, R Wilson, R Spee, R Constable, J Topping.

Warriors: E Lewis; G Wyatt, S James, J Bryant, R Mustoe; N Jenkins, A Chilten; P Booth, M Rees, C Horsman, D Jones, N Budgett, R Parks, C Harris, R Bryan (capt).
Replacements: R James, G Morris, R Jones, M Lewis, P John, M Nutthall, G Cull.

Referee: David Changleng (Scotland).



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