Tom Stewart hat-trick powers Ulster past Dragons
Dragons scored tries through Angus O’Brien, Elliot Dee and Rhodri Williams.
John Cooney converted from a difficult angle and the Irish province were up and running.
Just before the half hour, a series of penalties resulted in Ulster mauling over the line with Stewart dotting down.
Stewart was over again from another maul in the closing minutes after Elliot Dee was yellow carded. Cooney added the two points this time to put the hosts 19-7 in front which is how the opening half ended.
Ulster secured their bonus point on 48 minutes and again it came from Stewart after a line break by Ethan McIlroy and assist from Stockdale.
But the visitors came right back into the game when Dee crashed through from a lineout, Will Reed converting and then two minutes later skipper Rhodri Williams sprinted clear though the conversion was wide.
With just over 10 minutes to go, and from a lineout move Nick Timoney hit a strong line which propelled him over the line for try number five for Ulster.
Cooney added his fourth conversion and it now stood at 33-19 to the northern province and in the 79th minute it became 40-19 after a penalty try was awarded.
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