Northamp­ton run in nine tries past ragged Ul­ster

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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.

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