Anscombe delight as Ulster get job done against Dragons

Tommy Bowe runs in his second try of the night
Tommy Bowe runs in his second try of the night

Head coach Mark Anscombe declared Friday night’s victory over Newport Gwent Dragons as ‘job done’ as a first-half try blitz blew the Welsh visitors away at Ravenhill.

Ulster had their try-scoring bonus point secured by the interval and went on to win 38-8 to secure third place in the table.

Tommy Bowe scored a brace on his return to playing after a three-month lay-off with injury, while Ruan Pienaar and Sean Doyle also crossed as well as a penalty try award.

Ulster had come into the game on the back of two narrow wins when the performance had displeased the coaching staff.

But last night Anscombe lauded his squad for getting through their block of fixtures during the Six Nations with three wins.

He said: “At the start of this window we set our targets and we have achieved those, so that is really pleasing.

“It is probably a little annoying that we have a break coming up and then a game again. It stops us getting momentum. We have to make sure we get above it. We have a big job in two weeks time against Scarlets and we do not want to hiccup then.

“The guys get a couple of days rest now, but after that there is no rest to the end of the season. We clearly know what we have to do to go forward and achieve what we want to.

“We scored some nice tries and played some good football. It may have been a little disappointing in the second not to have carried it on (Ulster had led 31-3 at the break) but we were probably hindered by the fact that we had to have two loose forwards on the wings towards the end.

“However, overall it was a pleasing performance, a good result and the squad responded well to some criticism from the previous two games.”