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Ulster go top

Ulster took over from Cardiff Blues at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 table after recording a 20-3 win - their third straight league victory of the campaign - in a far-from-memorable encounter at Ravenhill.

Two first-half tries from Darren Cave, who retired injured at half-time, helped seal the win for Brian McLaughlin's side.

Former Auckland Blues player Jared Payne was handed an Ulster debut and showed some nice touches. He nearly scored at the death, but overall it was a poor game played in occasional driving rain and filled with errors.

As for the Blues, their first League reverse came off the back of a dismal effort as they hardly ever threatened the Ulster line.


From Belfast Telegraph