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PRO14 – Ulster outscore Kings to take bonus point win

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Ulster recovered well from last week lost against the Cheetahs when they beat the Kings 42-17 scoring six tries to two of the Kings.

The defence was poor from the Kings in that first half and finishing in the second half lacking. Ulster was brilliant in that first half, just a step above the Kings.

Ulster could not have asked for a better start to the match when they controlled the ball brilliantly through the phases to send John Cooney over for the first try of the match.

That gave them a 7-0 lead after just 2 minutes.

The Kings got some ball in hand and actually looked very good getting over the advantage line with some good straight running. With a penalty for a high tackle the Kings got on the board to reduce the lead to 7-3.

Ulster was testing the Kings defence as they kept ball in hand very well and resulted in two quick tries from Luke Marshall and Rob Herring taking their score to 21-3 after 19 minutes.

Two further quick tries took them to 35-3 and running away with the match.

The Kings did manage to get their first try just before halftime when Tertius Kruger got over to make the score 35-10.

The second half was a much closer affair with the Kings with the better field possession but they just could not get through the brilliant defence from Ulster.

After all that pressure on Ulster line the Kings let them back and it was Sean Reidy who was at the end of a drive from the lineout to give Ulster their 6th try of the match.

The Kings finally got reward for their second half effort when Aston Fortuin went over in the corner to make the score 42-17.

This was the last score in the match although the Kings pressed really hard to get another in the last minutes in the game.

They will be very disappointed in the game having had the better of the ball and territory but could not finish. The game was really lost in that poor first half from the Kings not being able to defend their line

Scorers:

Southern Kings: Tries – Tertius Kruger, Aston Fortuin Conversions – Demetri Catrakilis, JT Jackson Penalties – Demetri Catrakilis

Ulster: Tries – John Cooney(2), Luke Marshall, Rob Herring, Matt Faddes, Sean Reidy Conversions – John Cooney(6)