RUGBY: Ulster ‘A’ hold out against Canada ‘A’ in 13 try feast at Kingspan

Aaron  Cairns scores a try for Ulster 'A'
Aaron Cairns scores a try for Ulster 'A'
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ULSTER ‘A’ 48 CANADA ‘A’ 38

Ulster A survived strong second half fight back by Canada A to win a 13 try thiller at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster A took the lead with a fourth minute penalty thought out half Johnny McPhillips. Canada A took the lead on 14 minutes with their first sortie into the home’s 22, from a scrum No8 Admir Cejvanovic made a break the ball was worked through a couple of phases before lock Conor Keys powered over from close range but Gordon McRorie missed the conversion. Ulster A took the lead 22 minutes when winger Aaron Cairns raced onto a kick behind the defence to touch down in the corner for an unconverted try. Ulster got their second try on the half hour mark, they kicked a penalty to touch and from the lineout they set up a rolling maul and hooker Zac McCall crashed over with McPhillips converting. The home side extended their lead two minutes before the break when Rory Butler made a surging run through midfield, he offloaded to Conor Kelly and he put winger Conor Field over in the corner with McPhillips converting. The Irish U20 out half score Ulster A’s fourth try in first half injury time and his conversion gave the home side a 29-5 lead at the interval. Canada A struck immediately after the break with winger Kanioa Lloyd going over in the corner for an unconverted try.From the restart the visitors struck again as Cejvanovic broke through the Ulster defence before popping the ball to McRorie to go under the posts and the out half converted his own try. Craig Trenier was next to cross for the home time on 49 minutes, the tight head prop powered over from close range after a good break by centre mark Best ith Andy McGrath converting.. Canada A responded with two tries in three minutes with Cejvanovic and McRorie dotting down and Robbie Povey converted both. Eric Howards converted try put the visitors in front bt Ulster sealed victory with tries from Nick Timoney and Adam McBurney.

lster A David  Busby evades the  Canada A  defence

lster A David Busby evades the Canada A defence