Ireland duo Jordi Murphy and John Cooney pressed their Guinness Six Nations claims with a try each as Ulster saw off Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup.
Flanker Murphy – who suffered a rib injury during the World Cup – powered over from the back of a driving maul, while scrum-half Cooney produced some individual brilliance to finish off his own chip.
Ulster emerged 18-13 winners and are now the only side with a 100 per cent record in Pool B, with the away side struggling to break down a stubborn defence.
John Cooney that is magic! 😍
A massive try last week vs Bath, and he’s only gone and done it again vs Clermont!
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 22, 2019
Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw scored two penalties, while their only other points came via a penalty try.
Elsewhere in the Challenge Cup, Wales’ Johnny McNicholl once again underlined his potential but Scarlets slipped to a 17-16 defeat to Toulon in the Challenge Cup, which Anthony Belleau kicking a last-gasp conversion of a try from France colleague Charles Ollivon for the home side.
McNicholl could be set for his international debut against the Barbarians next week after being selected by new head coach Wayne Pivac, and he scored Scarlets’ only try in France.
Blair Kinghorn once again did the business for Edinburgh, but they were held to a 16-16 draw by Bordeaux-Bègles.
Kinghorn – who scored Scotland’s first Championship hat-trick in 30 years against Italy in February – grabbed Edinburgh’s only try here, but they were frustrated by a stubborn Bordeaux side that had fly-half Matthieu Jalibert to thank.
The 21-year-old France international kicked three penalties and converted Semi Radradra’s second-half try to ensure his side left unbeaten.