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Ulster top table after Dragons defeat

Ulster went back to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table with a thumping 31-5 bonus-point victory over Newport Gwent Dragons which was also the perfect response to last weekend's disappointing Heineken Cup quarter-final exit.

Ulster scored four tries against a disappointing Dragons outfit to get back on course to secure a home semi-final in their pursuit of the league title with their elevation back to the top of the table being assisted by Glasgow Warriors' defeat at the Scarlets.

Ireland winger Tommy Bowe marked his return to the starting line-up after being out with injury with the opening try and Ulster then added to that with scores from the impressive Stuart Olding, Darren Cave and Paul Marshall while Ruan Pienaar - who started at out half - kicked all the conversions and added a penalty for an unblemished night from the tee.

Tom Prydie crossed over late on for Newport's only score of the game.

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