Ulster v Dragons Match Report
The match saw senior Dragons debuts made by George Gasson, Owain Leonard, Gerard Ellis, Max Willams, Robson Blake and on loan centre Thretton Palamo after Head Coach Bernard Jackman made 13 changes to the team that beat Connacht last weekend at Rodney Parade.
Ulster opened their account early with a try as Stuart McCloskey dove over with just 2 minutes gone. A penalty kick from fly-half Dorian Jones saw him narrow the gap to 5-3, but it didn’t stay that way for long. As Ulster’s second try saw fly-half Peter Nelson sneak through a gap in the defence to go over, with him converting.
Dorian Jones’ boot kicked another successful penalty to reduce the gap to 12-6,
The hosts made the most of the Dragons being a man down as two tries followed, with number 8 Nick Timoney going over as did Weihahn Herbst soon after. Both conversions were kicked to see the score at 33-6, with 30 minutes on the clock.
The Dragons responded with their own try when hooker Rhys Buckley dotted down from the driving maul and Jones converted.
Half Time: Ulster Rugby 33 – Dragons 13
As the second half got underway, Ulster still looked hungry as they forced the Welsh Region back into dangerous territory. With Jacob Stockdale forcing on loan centre, Thretton Palamo, to lose concentration and not dot the ball down over his own line and Stockdale taking the opportunity to do so himself.
With 50 minutes gone, another Timoney
The Dragons managed to get back onto the scoreboard with a neat try from on-loan scrum-half Dane
However, Dragons replacement Will Talbot-Davies scored a lovely try after he ran the length of the pitch thanks to some good work after the scrum by Blacker, but they were unable to convert.
Full Time: Ulster 52 – Dragons 25
Referee: Dan Jones