Pro14: Ulster see off Southern Kings 42-17
|Pro14: Southern Kings v Ulster|
|Southern Kings (10) 17|
|Tries: Kruger, Fortuin Cons: Catrakilis, Jackson Pen: Catrakilis|
|Ulster (35) 42|
|Tries: Cooney 2, Marshall, Herring, Faddes, Reidy Cons: Cooney 6|
Ulster got their Pro14 campaign back on track with a bonus-point win over Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.
The Irish province were rocked by the nine-try Cheetahs last week but looked clinical in Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, scoring six of their own.
John Cooney scored twice with Luke Marshall, Rob Herring, Matt Faddes, and Sean Reidy adding further tries.
Tertius Kruger and Aston Fortuin scored for the hosts but it was not enough on a dominant day for Ulster.
Cooney scored first, darting over from close range and converting his own try.
Centre Marshall then ran onto a flat pass from Billy Burns to race untouched to the Kings line for the second try.
Ulster capitalised again after charging down a loose Kings clearance. Backs and forwards combined at tempo as quick hands from Louis Ludik and Alan O'Connor put hooker Herring away for a great team try.
The visitors secured their bonus point before half-time, as new signing Faddes fielded a Burns cross-field kick and touched down, despite pressure from team-mate Gilroy who also had his eyes on the ball.
South African international Marcel Coetzee looked powerful on his return from injury, finding space with a side-step and gaining ground before releasing scrum-half Cooney for his second try. Cooney, flawless off the tee, converted again.
After a period of pressure, Kruger escaped a Burns tackle to score a close-range try for the Kings just before the break, but the 35-10 half-time lead for the visitors looked ominous.
The game was more disjointed after the break, as the Kings managed to limit Ulster's attack. Sean Reidy scored from a maul and Aston Fortuin responded for the Kings but all Ulster had to do was hold on.
Southern Kings: Banda; Twum-Boafo, Kruger, Jackson, Winnaar; Catrakilis, Ungerer; Schoeman, van Rooyen, de Klerk, Sexton, Fortuin, Badiyana (capt), Burger, Lerm.
Replacements: du Toit, Tshakweni, Scholtz, Astle, de Wee, Allderman, Sithole, Louw
Ulster: Faddes, Gilroy, Marshall, McCloskey, Ludik, Burns, Cooney; O'Sullivan, Herring (capt), O'Toole, O'Connor, Carter, Matthew Rea, Reidy, Coetzee
Replacements: McBurney, McCall, Kane, Treadwell, Jones, Shanahan, Curtis, Hume.