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Ulster defeated as Scarlets take bonus point win

Kieron Fonotia was among the try scorers for Scarlets against Ulster. Credit: INPHO
  • Scarlets 29 - 12 Ulster

Ulster may have taken the early lead in their Pro14 game against Scarlets, but their hosts scored four unanswered tries on their way to a 29-12 bonus point win on Friday night.

The result at Parc y Scarlets extends Scarlets’ winning run to 25 games, with prop Werner Kruger, scrum-half Kieran Hardy, centre Kieron Fonotia and wing Tom Prydie all crossing.

It took 15 minutes to break the deadlock, but a delayed pass by Louis Ludik - making his first start of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury - freed wing Henry Speight out wide.

He fed Shanahan on the inside, leaving the scrum-half a free run to the line, and Billy Burns converted to make it 7-0.

Billy Burns in action for Ulster against Scarlets. Credit: INPHO

But Scarlets responded four minutes later with a 40-metre penalty for Jones, after Ulster had been caught failing to roll away from a ruck.

And that sparked the home side into life as they scored three tries in the space of 14 minutes.

The bonus-point try eventually came when Scarlets abandoned continued forward forays towards the line in favour of spreading it - and it worked as Prydie squeezed over in the right corner and Jones converted to make it 29-7 after 61 minutes.

A late try from replacement scrum-half Jonny Stuart proved only a consolation for Ulster.

The result means Scarlets move above Ulster into second place in Conference B.

Scarlets took the bonus point win over Ulster on home turf. Credit: INPHO