Dan McFarland hailed Ulsterâ€™s grit and graft after they returned to United Rugby Championship action with a hard fought 27-15 home victory over the Scarlets.
he result, which also brought Ulster a needed bonus point after suffering two defeats from their last league outings, was described by Dan McFarland as â€œan arm-wrestle.â€
Angus Curtis, Sam Carter, Gareth Milasinovich and Craig Gilroy crossed the line for Ulster with Nathan Doak kicking two conversions and a penalty in a clash which saw the sides locked together at 10-10 at the break.
â€œWe worked really hard and contained them for a lot of time and just couldnâ€™t really get anything going in our attack through a combination of their physicality and a little bit of us in terms of decision making on where the space was,â€ said McFarland.
â€œBut we expected that with some of the young guys, the inexperienced guys who were playing in the backs there, thatâ€™s going to happen for us over the next number of weeks.
â€œWeâ€™ll look at that, work on that and pat them on the back for some really hard work and doing really well to come out with a bonus point win.
â€œIt was very much an arm-wrestle,â€ he added.