Codling's boys make flying start
Ulster A 30-5 Bristol
Ulster A opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a resounding win over Bristol at a bitterly cold Kingspan Stadium last night to give coach Alex Codling's squad the ideal start ahead of next weekend's second pool game at Bedford Blues.
A first half try from flanker Clive Ross along with second half efforts courtesy of centres Callum Patterson and Mark Best, and 15 points coming from the accurate boot of out-half Sam Windsor, saw Ulster home but they may yet rue missing out on a fourth touchdown and a bonus point.
It was the English Championship leaders - minus their star players for this game - who took an early lead after flanker Max Crumpton got on the end of a driving maul though Callum Sheedy failed to add the conversion.
Stung by the eighth minute score, the home side responded just before the end of the first quarter when Windsor slotted a penalty to cut Bristol's lead to two points.
The prospect of further revival seemed to have come to a halt following prop Bronson Ross's sin-binning, but Ulster A still managed to get the next score with Windsor kicking his second penalty as the hosts took a 6-5 lead.
Then, just on half-time Clive Ross crashed over with Windsor's conversion giving them a 13-5 lead as the teams trooped off.
The second half saw Ulster A up the pressure on the visitors which yielded a Windsor penalty in the 55th minute before tries either side of the hour from centres Patterson and Best - both converted by Windsor.