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Tuohy in fresh injury concern after 'A' team's battling defeat

London Scottish 34 Ulster A 29

New worry: Dan Tuohy went off early with a leg injury
New worry: Dan Tuohy went off early with a leg injury

By Michael Sadlier

Though they still managed to come away with two points from London Scottish, this first defeat for Ulster 'A' still hurt deeply as the hosts only snatched the result - and maximum points - in the dying minutes of the contest.

As such, Scottish are still leading in Pool One having gathered up 10 points, while Ulster 'A' are one place and four points behind with a couple of games gone.

But the frustration doubtless felt by coaches Kieran Campbell and Willie Anderson will only have been added to as Dan Tuohy - playing his third game for the 'A' side in his comeback from 10 months out with an ankle issue - picked up an injury early on.

Though the severity of the problem shipped by the Ulster and Ireland second row was still unclear, the fact that, on Saturday night, Les Kiss mentioned the possibility of a jarred ankle or knee was clearly of some added concern.

As for Wiehahn Herbst, who was involved in his first action since last January, the South African tight-head prop presumably came through his shift at the Athletic Ground reasonably unscathed.

Ulster 'A' scored four tries with hooker John Andrew managing a brace, while Rob Lyttle and Lorcan Dow also crossed the Scottish line which, though impressive, will not have greatly pleased the team's coaches as they coughed up five scores to their opponents.

After trailing 12-0, the 'A' team admirably battled back to draw level and then with Scottish leading 22-12 they hauled their way into the game again to narrow the home side's lead to 22-19 at the break.

The second half saw Ulster take the lead through Andrew's bonus point try and a penalty and conversion from Johnny McPhillips, but then two late touchdowns denied them victory.

Still, they did return with those two points courtesy of their four tries and for the narrowness of the losing margin.

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