Ulster ran out deserved winners in the British & Irish cup at the Arms Park
The visitors had all the early pressure but despite having all the ball they couldn’t open the scoring. Joe Griffin had the first attempt at goal after a break by Will Thomas, that though drifted wide. Niall O’Connor was wide with his first attempt but he was on target second time round. That lead was doubled two minutes later following a ruck offence.
The first try of the game came just before half time when winger Ricky Andrew was put over following a deft pass b y Ali Birch, O’Connor adding the extras to give the Ulster Ravens a 13-0 advantage.
The second half saw Ulster take control of the game. Niall Annet scooted in under the posts. Adam Macklin was next of the score sheet from a rolling maul as the Ravens spurned a kickable penalty to go for the corner instead, O’Connor converting both.
And they gained the bonus point when Birch was again in the right place to put fullback Adam D’Arcy over. Cardiff did get a consolation try when Rory Watts-Jones crashed over from short range, but it was all too late as Ulster set up a pool decider with Bristol in January.