Ulster head coach Dan McFarland satisfied with maximum double over Scarlets in Champions Cup

Sport360 staff 09:28 15/12/2018
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Ulster coach Dan McFarland praised his side after the Irish province went level with leaders Racing 92 in Heineken Champions Cup Pool Four after their bonus point 30-15 win over the Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium.

It was a result which brought the Irish province maximum points from both back-to-back games and their third win from four rounds came off the back of 15 points, a try, two conversions and two penalties from John Cooney as well as two Iain Henderson tries and a score from Jacob Stockdale.

The defeat ensured that the Scarlets cannot qualify from the group after making last season’s Champions Cup semi-finals.

Their points came from tries by Jonathan Davies and Tom Prydie, with Rhys Patchell kicking a conversion and a penalty.

“I’m really satisfied with the result, obviously five points and 10 points from two games against the Scarlets is a situation which any team would be pleased with due to the quality of opposition they are,” said McFarland.

“In terms of the performance there was lots in that that we’d be very happy with.

“We were a little bit disappointing going in at half-time (Ulster led 10-3) in the fact that we hadn’t pushed the game on so there was an intensity in our defence which wasn’t quite at the level we wanted it to be.”

McFarland also praised man of the match Billy Burns who provided an assist for Ulster’s second score from Stockdale and was accurate with his tactical kicking.

“Yes it was very good,” said McFarland of Burns’ kicking from hand.

“We went into the first game talking about being able to play a good kicking strategy against them and there aren’t many players better at it than Billy.

“It’s just a question of the decision making around that and I thought Billy was really good and played really well.”

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