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- Guinness PRO12
- 28th Sep 2012
- KO 19:05
- Ground: Cardiff Arms Park
- Att: 8,217
Ulster crush off-colour Blues
Fourth straight victory for Irish side
Ulster maintained their unbeaten start to the RaboDirect PRO12 season with an impressive 48-19 bonus-point win over Cardiff Blues.
The Irish province ran in seven tries to rack up their fourth straight victory on an emotional night at the Cardiff Arms Park.
A moment's silence was perfectly observed before kick-off in memory of Nevin Spence, the Ulster centre who tragically passed away earlier this month.
The hosts started brightly, with debutant Jason Tovey kicking two early penalties and captain Sam Warburton knocking on with the tryline at his mercy.
But Ulster began to grow into their game, largely due to a dominant scrum, which won a penalty in front of the posts that allowed Paddy Jackson to get them off the mark.
Things got even better for the visitors on 14 minutes when a quick tap by Nick Williams resulted in centre Michael Allen scoring the first try, before then departing injured.
Tovey narrowed the gap with his third penalty but Cardiff's defensive frailties were again exposed on 29 minutes when great work down the blindside by Paul Marshall sent No 8 Williams crashing over.
Cardiff lost Tovey to injury before the interval, when they trailed 17-9, and things got worse in the second half when Tommy Bowe marked his return to Ulster with a try.
A superb chip and chase by Jared Payne secured the bonus point for Ulster, with Bowe grabbing his second minutes later.
Harry Robinson dived over on the hour mark to give Cardiff hope, but further scores from Williams and Andrew Trimble capped a fine Ulster performance.RaboDirect Pro 12. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 4th April|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|12:45||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 9th May|
|15:00||Scarlets vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Zebre|
|Friday 6th March|
|Cardiff Blues 18 - 17 Connacht|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Friday 20th February|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 7th February|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 43 Leicester|
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