Ulster Ravens clocked up an impressive result on the road with a 32 point to 12 win against Swansea in the opening round of the British and Irish Cup.

Ulster opened the scoring with a penalty kick from scrum half Ian Porter with Jonny Shiels crossing the line for a try 10 minutes later. Porter added the conversion.

The Anderson formerly known as TJ, and now just plain Thomas, crossed on the half hour mark for the Ravens second try also converted by Porter.

A few minutes later captain Nigel Brady went over for Ulster’s third try but the half ended on a disappointing note with Alan Whitten being yellow carded with Ulster leading by 22 points to nil.

Swansea made the most of Ulster being a man down with two quick tries at the start of the second half taking the score along to 12 – 22 but Porter steadied the ship with his second penalty on the 60 minute mark.

Conor Gaston scored ten minutes later for a deserved bonus point for the Ravens and with Porter converting the game finished with Ulster winning 12 – 32.

Ulster Ravens: (15-9) Conor Gaston; Mark McCrea, Jonny Shiels, Luke Marshall, Tommy Seymour; Patrick Jackson, Ian Porter (1-8) Conor Carey, Nigel Brady (Captain), Alan Whitten, Neil McComb, Ryan Caldwell, Thomas Anderson, Willie Faloon, Scott LaValla

Replacements (16-22) Niall Annett, Kyle McCall, Gerry Cronin, Paul Pritchard, Blane McIlroy, Michael Allen, Chris Cochrane

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