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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 20:41 GMT
Ulster too good for Blues
CELTIC LEAGUE
Ulster's Bryn Cunningham shows a clean pair of heels to the opposition
Ulster (24) 32
Tries: Cunningham 2, Howe, Shields
Cons: Larkin (3)
Pens: Larkin (2)
Blues (0) 7
Try: Powell
Cons: N Robinson
Att: 5,625

Ulster 32-7 Blues

Ulster maintained their advantage at the top of the Celtic League thanks to a comfortable win over the Blues.

Two tries by Bryn Cunningham and further touchdowns from Tyrone Howe and Paul Shields kept Ulster well on track.

The home side took the game to the Blues and after a period of pressure, Cunningham gave them the lead after nine minutes with Adam Larkin converting.

Larkin added another penalty after 20 minutes and two minutes later, Ulster went further ahead through Cunningham.

The full-back ran onto a grubber kick to go over for his second try of the night and Larkin was again on target to add the extras.

The Blues almost came back into the game just after the half-hour mark when they made it to just short of the Ulster line but the ball slipped free just short of the line.

Tyrone Howe seized his opportunity and used his speed to race almost the full length of the pitch and score under the posts with Larkin on target again.

On 56 minutes, substitute prop Paul Shields capitalised on some slackness in the Cardiff defence to go over and secure the try and a bonus point but this time Larkin missed the conversion.

Seven minutes later, Cardiff scrum-half Brian Powell grabbed his side's first points of the game, going over under the post with Nick Robinson converting.

But the comeback was short-lived and with three minutes to go, Larkin added another penalty to complete another solid display by Ulster.


Ulster: Cunningham, Topping, Constable, Stewart, Howe, Larkin, Campbell, B. Young, Sexton, Moore, Mustchin, McCullough, Ward, N. Best, McWhirter.

Blues: Morgan, Walne, J. Robinson, Allen, Abdul, N. Robinson, Powell, Fourie, Williams, Evans, Quinnell, A. Moore, Appleyard, Baugh, N. Thomas.

Referee: Malcolm Changleng (England)


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