Pro14: Ulster ease to bonus-point 29-5 win over Scarlets
Ulster eased over Scarlets in Belfast into a 29-5 bonus-point win to lower their deficit in the very top of Pro14 Conference A to 3 points to Leinster.
Ulster had the point from the bag prior to the mark with attempts from John Cooney, Matt Faddes, Matthew Rea and Robert Baloucoune.
The Scarlets improved in replacement Jac Morgan and the second half scored a late consolation try.
But Faddes dived over for his second try in the final minute of the match.
For Scarlets it was only a conquer seven Pro14 matches this season as Edinburgh moved over them at Thomond Park and they fall to third place at Conference B.
Brad Mooar’s negative were nine players that are a part of the Wales squad to face the Barbarians on Saturday, plus a variety of the others out.
As Ulster made it five wins from seven states in the contest, in addition Cooney transformed just two of the tries of his side.
The Irish province extend their unbeaten streak into 16 matches, a sequence 14 weeks, stretching back.
A scrum set the platform for those hosts’ opening touchdown in the fifth second, Stuart McCloskey’s chip on the visiting defence setting up center Faddes to earth the ball before it went on the line.
Three minutes after fly-half Bill Johnston’s cross-field kick was collected by Baloucoune and Cooney who went over in the corner was set up by his surge.
Rea barged over from a rolling maul after Alan O’Connor won a line-out and a second line-out set up the remarkable Baloucoune to indicate his first start of the season by crossing the whitewash.
Scarlets’ issues were compounded when flanker Uzair Cassiem was sin-binned for illegally pulling down a maul to the attempt of Baloucoune.
The visitors came to the match more after the rest and when Gilroy received a yellow card for a flailing arm 10 minutes in the time Morgan took advantage of his team’s numerical advantage by dotting down in the corner after latching onto a long pass from Ryan Lamb.
Replacement Angus Curtis provided the pass to Faddes to breach that the Scarlets’ defence one time in the final moments and condemn them to an 11th reduction on land.
Ulster will now aim to build in their two opening wins in the European Champions Cup if they play Harlequins house and off over another few weeks in Pool One.
Scarlets confront a double-header against ensemble Bayonne from the European Challenge Cup.
Ulster: Ludik; Baloucoune, Faddes, McCloskey, Gilroy; Johnston, Cooney; O’Sullivan, Herring, Moore; A O’Connor, Treadwell; Reidy, Matthew Rea, Coetzee.
Replacements: McBurney O’Toole, D O’Connor, Timoney Curtis, Kernohan.
Scarlets: S Evans; Baldwin, S Hughes (capt), Asquith, M Williams; D Jones, Hardy; P Price, Elias, Lee, Rawlins, Lousi, Cassiem, Macleod, Thomson.
Replacements: Conbeer, M Jones, D Evans Cummins, J Morgan, J Evans, Lamb.