Northampton run in nine tries past ragged Ulster
Northampton.....................55 Ulster ...................................15
Ulster’s final pre-season friendly ended in ignominious defeat for Les Kiss’s squad as Northampton Saints ran in nine tries at Franklin’s Gardens with seven being scored after half-time.
For Ulster, who begin their Pro14 campaign next week at home to the Cheetahs it proved to be a highly forgettable evening after last week’s home defeat to Wasps.
The Saints scorched the Irish province in the second half by racking up 43 points to ruin John Cooney’s debut for his new team after joining Ulster in the wake of Ruan Pienaar’s controversial departure. Cooney did get on the scoresheet though with one penalty early in the second half while Charles Piutau and Dave Shanahan crossed for the visitors’ only tries in a deeply disappointing effort which saw Callum Black and Chris Henry binned in either half.
The Saints led 12-5 at half-time after early tries from Ben Foden and Kieran Brookes but then after Cooney’s second half penalty made it 12-8 they turned on the power.
Tom Collins, Alex Mitchell and Michael Paterson crossed twice while James Grayson got one try and converted three, while Harry Mallinder managed one conversion.