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Ulster Ravens finally take flight

Ulster Ravens 25 - Aberavon 12

By Michael Sadlier

Well, they saved the best to last in the sense that after five straight defeats, ensuring elimination in yet another year of failure to make the British and Irish Cup knockout stages, the Ulster Ravens actually managed to finally dig themselves out a win.

In doing so, they also avoided finishing their B&I Cup involvement by propping up Pool Two and instead overtook Aberavon to end up in third.

And yet the gulf between the Ravens and second-placed Yorkshire Carnegie turned out to be a massive 15 points while pool winners Rotherham Titans finished 17 ahead of the Ulster side.

So, plenty of food for thought for Kieran Campbell and for those who may be involved for next season's campaign.

The home side managed to outscore their opponents by three tries to two at Deramore on Saturday with tries from Ricky Andrew, Ronald Raaymakers and Sam Arnold all coming in the first half.

Peter Nelson added two conversions and a penalty to give the Ravens a 22-12 lead at the break with their focus then being on protecting their lead.

And protect they did with the only points in the second half arriving courtesy of a Nelson penalty though the chances of the Ravens making their forward dominance pay were undermined by the scrums having to go uncontested.

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