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Strong Saracens side prove too much for Ulster in European Champions Cup clash

Ulster 9 - 27 Saracens

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 20/11/2015

Chris Wyles (R) of Saracens goes over for a try during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium between Ulster and Saracens. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Chris Wyles (R) of Saracens goes over for a try during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium between Ulster and Saracens. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Ulster's Iain Henderson on a charge against Saracens during Friday's European Champions Cup clash at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Ulster's Iain Henderson and Saracens' Ako Vunipola during Friday's European Champions Cup clash at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Ulster's Iain Henderson takes the ball during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens' Chris Ashton is challenged by Ulster's Craig Gilroy during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens' George Kruis is challenged during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Ulster's Paddy Jackson is challenged by Saracens' Jacques Burger during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens' Schalk Brits (centre) is challenged by Ulster's Franco van der Merwe during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Stuart McCloskey (R) of Ulster and Alex Goode (L) of Saracens during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Ruan Pienaar (R) of Ulster and Owen Farrell (L) of Saracens during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Saracens' Maro Itoje is challenged by Ulster's Darren Cave during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens' Chris Wyles scores a try during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens' Chris Wyles scores a try during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens' Chris Ashton (centre) is challenged by Ulster's Darren Cave during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Ulster's Paddy Jackson kicks a drop goal against Saracens during Friday night's European Champions Cup clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster's Nick Williams battles against Saracens Duncan Taylor and Maro Itoje during Friday's European Champions Cup clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Saracens' Schalk Brits is challenged by Ulster's Franco van der Merwe during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Ulster's Iain Henderson challenges Saracens' Billy Vunipola during the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Players and fans observe a minutes silence for the Paris Attacks and in memory of Jonah Lomu who passed away this week, before the European Champions Cup match at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Saracens during a minute silence before the European Champions Cup clash against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Saracens' Jacques Burger during warm before the European Champions Cup clash against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Saracens' Owen Farrell before the European Champions Cup clash against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Ulster's Allen Clarke and Sarcens' Mark McCall before the European Champions Cup clash against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Ulster's Iain Henderson and Saracens' Michael Rhodes during Friday's European Champions clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.
Ulster's Craig Gilroy and Saracens' Mako Vunipola during Friday's European Champions clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.

Ulster surrendered five points to a strong Saracens outfit at a wet and windy Kingspan Stadium after a 27-9 defeat.

The hosts had led 9-0 but could not score for the game's final 55 minutes while Saracens ran in three second-half scores having crossed once before the turn.

The bonus-point win came despite the Premiership champions playing 20 minutes with 14 men thanks to yellow cards for Michael Rhodes and Billy Vunipola.

With their European campaign starting on the sourest of notes, Ulster must regroup quickly to take on Leinster in the Pro12 next Friday.

Read the full match report in tomorrow's Belfast Telegraph.

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