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Bowe delivers a solid display as Ulster 'A' hit the ground running

Ulster 'A' 19 Jersey Reds 6

By Michael Sadler

It was never easy on the eye, but that wasn't really the point as Ulster 'A' opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a 19-6 win over Jersey Reds.

That there was only the one try in the game says it all and though he did his level best to get it, the chance didn't fall Tommy Bowe's way though he put in several strong runs and made some incisive kicks throughout his 80 minutes at Shaws Bridge.

Instead the crucial score fell to Sam Windsor, which actually came after Bowe had kicked long in the second half and Jersey had sliced the return. Windsor collected his own grubber kick to slide over in the 50th minute.

Jonny McPhillips' excellent conversion - he had a sound game at full-back and kicked 14 points - made it 19-6 and that proved enough.

Other players to shine included Dan Tuohy, who stole two crucial lineouts, while winger Aaron Cairns looked sharp.

Ulster put the nightmare of last weekend's tanking in the friendly at Leinster 'A' firmly behind them, though only by upping their tempo in the second half - they led 9-6 at the break - did Kieran Campbell's side secure the four points.

The opening 40 minutes proved a pretty grim affair with three penalties from McPhillips and two from Jersey out-half Sam Katz being the only scores of the opening period.

Ulster came charging out of the blocks on the resumption by launching a huge series of pick and drives.

The end result was a 44th-minute penalty which McPhillips converted to take Ulster's lead to 12-6 and six minutes later Windsor's skill and opportunism, along with McPhillips' conversion, took the result beyond doubt.

Ulster A: J McPhillips, T Bowe, S Windsor, M Best, A Cairns, B Herron, D Shanahan; J Simpson, J Andrew, R Lutton, D Tuohy (Capt), K Treadwell, S Mulholland, C Joyce, Lorcan Dow;

Replacements: J Murphy, T O'Hagan, J Donnan, N Timoney, A Lloyd, C Smith, C Kelly.

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