PRO12 RUGBY: Strong start in league was important says Allen Clarke

Ulster double try scorer Robert Lyttle (right) and Jacob Stockdale
Ulster double try scorer Robert Lyttle (right) and Jacob Stockdale

Assistant coach, Allen Clarke, hailed the patience and character of the Ulster players on Friday night as they secured a bonus point win in their opening Guinness PRO12 game against Newport Gwent Dragons.

A brace of tries from replacement winger Robert Lyttle - on his competitive debut - and one apiece from Ruan Pienaar, Jacob Stockdale and captain Rob Herring, with two conversions from Pienaar, secured a 29-8 win.

Ulster had found themselves 8-0 down after 10 minutes, but they picked up strongly from the second quarter.

Clarke said: “Really important for us to start well, get a win and build an innings within that and come up with the bonus point victory

“Being 8-0 down, the boys showed a lot of character. There was good leadership from Rob Herring and we took our chances.

“We really dominated after half-time and got ourselves into a decent position in the second half. It was a spirited performance but we know there is still work to do.”