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Ulster smashed as Scarlets claim bonus point win in Wales

Ulster's Stuart McCloskey scored his side's try after two minutes. INPHO/Kevin Barnes
Ulster's Stuart McCloskey scored his side's try after two minutes. INPHO/Kevin Barnes

Ulster surrendered a half-time lead to lose by 24 points at Scarlets on Saturday evening.

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Jonno Gibbes' side led 7-3 at the break but conceded four second half tries to lose 34-10.

Ulster are now five points behind third placed Edinburgh in the Pro 14 Conference B table.

Ulster had opened the scoring just two minutes in as Stuart McCloskey went over the line. Wing Tommy Bowe intercepted a kick and burst down the left before setting up McCloskey, who threw a fake pass to go clear.

John Cooney added the extras before a Dan Jones penalty reduced the deficit to four at 7-3.

Ulster could have been further clear on the half-hour when Nick Timoney scored but his try was disallowed by the TMO for an obstruction in the build-up.

Just three minutes into the second half, Scarlets were ahead as Ioan Nicholas finished off in the corner, Jones converting impressively for 10-3.

Cooney had Ulster level but that proved brief as a Jones' penalty restored the three point advantage. From there, Scarlets didn't look back.

His boot was busy again just three minutes later to convert Ryan Conbeer's try as Scarlets took a commanding 20-10 advantage. Conbeer ran from his own half, weaving through the defence to score.

Paul Asquith finished off his side's third try after Jones chipped a pass through, the fly-half duly converting again.

Another Nicholas try was ruled out before the hosts did bag a bonus point score through Tash Bierne, again converted for 34-10.

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