Captain Roger Wilson left frustrated as bonus point eludes Ulster

Nick Williams goes on the attack against Scarlets
Nick Williams goes on the attack against Scarlets

Ulster captain and Guinness man of the match, Roger Wilson, was happy to have taken a 25-20 win over Scarlets on Friday night at the Kingspan Stadium – but admitted there was some disappointment at not having secured a bonus point.

Having trailed 13-6 at the break, Ulster scored three quick tries in the second half through Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall and Ruan Pienaar to leave them 25-13 ahead.

The fourth try was to elude them, however, and it was the Scarlets who picked up a losing bonus point after scoring a try with the last play of the game.

Number eight Wilson said: “It was disappointing not to get the bonus point because we had massive momentum in the game in the second half. We had a couple of opportunities and could not finish them off.

“But at the same time we have got the win and that is important and we are still happy enough to have done that.

“At half time we spoke about our discipline, which was better from last week and about the breakdown, which was much better tonight. We upped the intensity in the second half and got our rewards off it.

“Our scrum went well and it has been a big weapon for us all year and the pack worked their socks off and put a lot of effort into it. Scarlets have a pretty tricky scrum and we had a few issues with it in the game over there at the start of the season.”

“It certainly was a big weapon for us tonight.”

“The score at the end (for Scarlets) was a bit disappointing. I think though at that stage of the game we had been putting it to them in their ‘22’ and we were exhausted. Credit to them, they took their score well.”

Ulster go to Newport on Sunday week to face Dragons looking to complete four from four during this period and Wilson said that was the target.

“Our goal was to get four from four and we have now got three. We said we wanted to be in the top four after week one, top two after week three and then keep it there.

“Newport is a tough place to go and our away form has not been great, so we have to front up and make sure we go out and deliver another big performance and sign off with a win going into the break.”