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Olding is back on song but Bristol have the last laugh

Bristol 47-13 Ulster

By Dom Booth

Published 23/01/2016

Ulster Outside Centre Stuart Olding (captain) is tackled by Bristol Rugby Fly-Half Matthew Morgan
Ulster Outside Centre Stuart Olding (captain) is tackled by Bristol Rugby Fly-Half Matthew Morgan

Ireland international Stuart Olding failed to inspire Ulster 'A' to victory at Bristol on his comeback from injury.

Olding, returning after nine months on the sidelines with cruciate ligament damage, scored an eye-catching first-half try but could not prevent his side succumbing to defeat.

The versatile three-quarter played 64 minutes of this British & Irish cup dead rubber, before being replaced by Andrew Magrath.

Tries from Charlie Amesbury, Matthew Morgan, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Max Crumpton, Ross McMillan and Ben Glynn secured Bristol's bonus-point win.

Morgan, who scored 22 points, started with a 40-yard penalty to put the home side 3-0 up.

Lorcan Dow hit straight back for Ulster 'A', crashing over in the corner after quick hands from Olding.

Outside-half Jonny McPhillips then traded penalties with Morgan to take the score to 8-6.

Ulster 'A' were caught napping midway through the half when Bristol wing Amesbury completed a brisk breakaway in the corner.

That left the Ulstermen trailing and in need of some hope and inspiration.

It immediately came from Olding who exploited the narrowest of gaps in the Bristol defence for a fine try.

That prompted a Bristol resurgence, as the hosts battered the visitors with phase after phase of attack.

There was no stopping the dancing feet of Morgan, who slalomed through the defence for a try he converted himself, to edge the hosts 18-13 ahead at the break.

Little was seen of the diminutive Olding after the interval, as the home team asserted their dominance.

Morgan booted another three points, before Olding was withdrawn 16 minutes from time.

His exit seemed to signal the opening of the floodgates, as Bristol ran riot and Ulster's young charges folded in the face of some free-flowing rugby.

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