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Four-try McBurney nails it for 'A' side

Ulster 'A' 27 Hartpury College 19

By Michael Sadlier

It's a rare thing to see a game where six of the seven tries were from lineout mauls while also rather unusual that all four Ulster touchdowns came from one player and a front row one at that.

Hooker Adam McBurney was on the end of Ulster's maul tries in a game, at a wintry Eaton Park, which was for purists only.

The result allowed Ulster take two wins, and the maximum 10 points, from their back to back games with Hartpury College.

It put Kieran Campbell's squad second in Pool Five with two games remaining - at home to leaders Cornish Pirates and away at the Scarlets - and in with a real shout of qualifying.

"I think that is the first and probably the last time, but hopefully not," said McBurney of his four-try haul.

"The pack fronted up really well and I was just lucky to get on the end of them."

"The two five-pointers in the back to back games were huge for us and that is going to give us confidence for the games in January," he added.

"It was an arm wrestle," admitted head coach Campbell.

"But you have to credit the forwards and Willie Anderson (assistant coach) for that as they really had to dig in.

"We're very pleased and that gives us a nice position to kick-on from in the New Year," he added.

Ulster led 17-12 at the break after McBurney had rumbled over three times.

He claimed the bonus point six minutes into the second half and Johnny McPhillips put Ulster in a secure spot with his 58th minute penalty.

It wasn't pleasing on the eye - the conditions saw to that - but there were strong performances from flanker Clive Ross and winger Angus Kernohan as well as prop Tom O'Toole who soldiered on with an early rib injury to claim the man of the match award.

Ulster A: R Lyttle, A Kernohan, J Owens, B Herron, D Busby J McPhillips, J Stewart, T O'Hagan, A McBurney, T O'Toole, P Browne, M Dalton, C Ross, A Hall, G Jones (capt). Subs: Z McCall, E O'Sullivan, C Montgomery, M Agnew, D Shanahan, S Moore, A Cairns

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