Report | Ulster 35 Glasgow Warriors 29

Report | Ulster 35 Glasgow Warriors 29

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Ulster started their United Rugby Championship campaign in winning fashion, defeating Glasgow Warriors in a scintillating game of rugby at Kingspan Stadium on Friday evening.

Ulster came out with a bang; in the opening exchanges, Stuart McCloskey made the break and offloaded to Robert Baloucoune who raced down the wing but was tackled just short of the line. Ulster got a penalty and looked to make use of their maul from the line-out. They then changed tack and went to move the ball wide, but Glasgow’s Cole Forbes impeded and saw yellow for a deliberate knock-on and referee Ben Whitehouse awarded the penalty try.

Glasgow gradually gained some territory with a spell in the middle of the field. Centre Sione Tuipulotu went on a strong run down the short side to offload to George Horne who darted over. Duncan Weir was unable to convert.

Ulster’s second score came through a trademark maul after a period of building territory. Brad Roberts peeled away from the Ulster maul to barge over. John Cooney slotted the extras.  The visitors quickly earned a penalty, with Duncan Weir obliging for the points.

The Warriors grew into the game and looked to test Ulster’s defences which remained unbroken until the clock went deep into the red for the first half, when Johnny Matthews eventually muscled through. Ross Thompson added the two to take the lead going into the break.

Glasgow’s lead didn’t last long; Ulster making a real statement by applying waves of pressure from the get-go. They went on the pick-and-go and Marty Moore did really well to dodge the Glasgow defender to twist around and score. Nathan Doak – who came on to replace John Cooney – took over the kicking duties and landed the conversion.

Just five minutes later, Ulster pounced again. Billy Burns showed great vision to chip the ball over for Jacob Stockdale to make the tip-on to Nick Timoney, who raced over for the bonus-point try. Doak made no mistake with the conversion.

Glasgow’s Rufus McLean looked certain to score until Jacob Stockdale and James Hume intervened with last-gasp tackles, however after a TMO check, referee Ben Whitehouse deemed Hume’s tackle to be illegal and so awarded the penalty try and sent Hume to the bin.

Ulster dealt with the player number disadvantage well. Will Addison was introduced to the game and was soon involved in Ulster’s fifth score. He charged down a Glasgow kick, then grubbered the ball through and did really well to collect. Although he was brought down just shy of the line, he saw the support of Nathan Doak on his shoulder and made the offload for the scrum-half to score his first Senior Ulster try. He also fired over the conversion to convert his score.

The visiting side reduced the gap through Jamie Dobie collecting Ross Thompson’s offload to score on 64 minutes. They continued to apply a barrage of pressure on the Ulster men, but their superb defence kept Glasgow out for the final few minutes to see out the game.

Full-time score: Ulster 35 Glasgow Warriors 29

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Tries: Penalty try, Brad Roberts, Marty Moore, Nick Timoney, Nathan Doak

Cons: John Cooney, Nathan Doak (3)


Tries: George Horne, Johnny Matthews, penalty try, Jamie Dobie

Cons: Ross Thompson (2)

Pens: Duncan Weir

Line Ups


(15-9) Ethan McIlroy, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Brad Roberts, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter (CAPT), Greg Jones, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Mick Kearney, Matty Rea, Nathan Doak, Mike Lowry, Will Addison.

Glasgow Warriors

(15-9) Cole Forbes, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean, Duncan Weir, George Horne;

(1-8) Brad Thyer, Johnny Matthews, Simon Berghan, Scott Cummings, Richie Gray, Ryan Wilson (CAPT), Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, Murray McCallum, Lewis Bean, Rob Harley, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson, Ollie Smith

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