GUINNESS PRO12 RUGBY: Ulster were ‘satisfied’ to come away with win in Newport: Allen Clarke

Ulster's Jared Payne scores his side's second try during the win over Dragons
Ulster's Jared Payne scores his side's second try during the win over Dragons
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Ulster continued their push for the Guinness PRO12 play-offs with a late rally to secure a 27-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday night.

The match was finely poised at 17-17 with 10 minutes to go, but a Paddy Jackson penalty and John Andrew try, converted by Jackson, saw the visitors surge clear and condemn the Dragons to an eighth straight loss.

Ulster's Luke Marshall runs onto the pitch for his 100th appearance

Ulster's Luke Marshall runs onto the pitch for his 100th appearance

Wing Craig Gilroy - who was sin-binned early in the second half - and fullback Jared Payne had earlier touched down for the Irish province, who clinched four precious points to keep them ahead of the Scarlets in the tussle for fourth place, although they suffered a blow in the closing stages when prop Rodney Ah You was red-carded for a dangerous tackle.

Historically Ulster have struggled away to Dragons and assistant coach, Allen Clarke, admitted the players had to dig deep to get the victory.

Clarke said: “We started fantastically, got a score early on. But we allowed them back in the game and it became scrappy for long periods.

“Obviously with the yellow card and the red card we had to dig deep.

Ulster's Craig Gilroy celebrates his try with team mates

Ulster's Craig Gilroy celebrates his try with team mates

“We are just satisfied to get away with a ‘W’ at the end of the day.

“Six wins from six is not a bad return and to get a win at this ground which has not been easy for us in the past, we have to be happy with the win.”