Ulster let Warriors snatch victory at Ravenhill
Province lose second Rabo Direct Pro 12 game after dominating
Ulster’s Nick Williams is tackled by Jonny Gray of Glasgow Warriors during last night’s Rabo Direct Pro 12 game at Ravenhill. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Ulster 12 Glasgow Warriors 13 : Two games and two defeats, but this was one Ulster contrived to lose after dominating. Glasgow’s James Eddie stole in to score near the posts off the last move of the game which, in turn, allowed Stuart Hogg’s conversion bring the Warriors their second successive victory in this campaign.
Ulster were left to rue a hatful of fluffed try-scoring opportunities, while Moray Low’s sin-binning in the 68th minute should also have inspired them to close this one out.
On a night when the new-look Ravenhill paid tribute to the late Nevin Spence, all Mark Anscombe’s men took from the occasion was another losing bonus point and a failure to score in the second half when Paddy Jackson missed his only shot at goal.
Hogg started it all by landing a fifth-minute penalty but Jackson replied two minutes later. He landed another just before the end of the first quarter after great offloading from Roger Wilson and Nick Williams.
Jackson was again on target after 20 minutes to put Ulster 9-3 up which came close to being totally wiped out when DTH van der Merwe just failed to gather Ruaridh Jackson’s clever chip over the top.
The Warriors had to make do with a Hogg’s second penalty after Ulster strayed offside from a high kick.
Jackson landed another penalty on 31 minutes after the Warriors overthrew at a lineout and Williams earned the kick, which left Ulster leading 12-6 at the break.
After the break, Michael Allen and, more glaringly, Luke Marshall, failed to hold scoring passes.
But that wasn’t all as David McIlwaine was held up over the Warriors’ line after a neat inside pass from Jared Payne .
With time running out, the tide suddenly turned. Ulster had successfully defended a five-metre scrum, but then DTH van der Merwe got clear only for Iain Henderson to haul him down but there was no stopping Eddie from a tap penalty nor indeed Hogg bisecting the posts.
ULSTER: J Payne; D McIlwaine, D Cave, L Marshall, M Allen; P Jackson, I Porter; C Black, R Herring, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, R Wilson, S Doyle, N Williams. Replacements: P Marshall for Porter , I Henderson for Muller (both 55mins), T Court for Black, C Henry for Doyle, R Lutton for Fitzpatrick (all 58mins).
GLASGOW WARRIORS : S Hogg; T Seymour, S Lamont, M Bennett, Dth van der Merwe; R Jackson, H Pyrgos (capt); R Grant, P MacArthur, E Kalman, T Swinson, J Gray, R Harley, T Holmes, J Strauss. Replacements: D Hall for MacArthur, R Vernon for Strauss, C Fusaro for Holmes, G Ascarate for Lamont (all 53mins); M Low for Kalman (55mins), C Cusiter for Pyrgos (61mins), G Reid for Grant (65mins); J Eddie for Harley (68mins), Kalman for Swinson (69 mins). Yellow cards: M Low 68 mins.
Referee: I Davies (WRU)