RUGBY UNION: Ulster A labour to win over Jersey

Ulster's Jonny Philips in action
Ulster's Jonny Philips in action

Ulster began their British and Irish Cup campaign with a laboured 19-6 victory over Jersey at Shaw’s Bridge.

Full back Jonny McPhillips kicked 14 points and centre Sam Winsor scored the only try of the game.

McPhillips opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a penalty after a good driving maul by the forwards.

The English Championship side were level four minutes later when Ulster hooker John Andrew was punished for not releasing the ball in the tackle and Jersey out-half Sam Katz slotted over the resulting penalty.

Katz missed the chance to give the visitors the lead on 18 minutes when he was off target with a penalty.

The visitors did take the lead two minutes later when they forced a scrum penalty and Katz slotted over the resulting kick.

McPhillips levelled the scores on 31 minutes with a simple penalty from in front of the posts.

Ulster A went into the break with a 9-6 lead as McPhillips landed his third penalty with the final kick of the first half.

The Irish U20 star was on target again four minutes after the restart with another penalty following a sustained period pressure in the 22.

Then Ulster A got their try on 51 minutes.

From a poor kick out of the Jersey defence Tommy Bowe ran the ball back, it was quickly recycled and Windsor scored with McPhillips converting.

McPhillips missed a late penalty and Ulster A nearly scored again with the final play when they kicked a penalty to the corner but were penalise.

Ulster A: J McPhillips, T Bowe, S Windsor, M Best, A Cairns, B Herron, D Shanahan;

J Simpson, J Andrew, R Lutton, D Tuohy, K Treadwell, S Mulholland, C Joyce, L Dow;

Replacements: J Murphy, T O’Hagan, J Donnan, N Timoney, A Lloyd, C Smith, C Kelly

Jersey Reds: J Cuthbert, G Watkins, J Davies, G Eastwell, R Adair, S Katz, J Dudley

S McCarthy, J Macfarlane, M Tampin, N Campbell, J Voss, J Freeman, J Doyle, N Haining;

Replacements: N Selway, J Woolmore, J Armstrong, U Kolo’ofa’i, M Argyle; S Fisilau, L Robling.