Tuesday 25 July 2017

Gilroy shines for Ulster

Benetton Treviso 9 Ulster 19

ULSTER made it two successive wins on the road, succeeding where Leinster and Connacht had failed. Benetton Treviso drew first blood courtesy of a superbly struck penalty by Tobias Botes.

Ulster struck back when a Tim Barker set up Ian Humphreys, who cleverly chipped it in behind the hosts, enabling Craig Gilroy -- winning only his second cap -- to score his third Ulster try. Humphreys then added the extras.

Botes was on target with a cheaply conceded penalty in the 28th minute, but Ulster rose to the fresh challenge that presented by bagging a second try. Their other wing, Simon Danielli, got it, with the outstanding Paul Marshall's box-kick giving the big Scot the chance to outjump Botes and then beat a would-be tackler before sliding home in the left corner.

The conversion looked almost impossible for a left-footed kicker but Humphreys made it two from two, his gem putting Ulster in the driving seat with a 14-6 half-time lead.

Ulster scored their third try five minutes after the resumption. Barker's again-exemplary line-out take after Paddy Wallace had put a penalty into touch on the hosts' 22 saw Nigel Brady and then Pedrie Wannenburg set up the move which finished with Humphreys producing a cross-kick, to which Gilroy again applied the finish.

Benetton Treviso -- K Burton; L Nitoglia, A Pratichetti, G Garcia, J Maddock; W De Waal, T Botes; I Fernandez Rouyet, E Ceccato, P Di Santo; A Pavanello (capt), C Van Zyl; F Minton, V Bernabo, M Filippuci. Reps: F Sbaraglini, M Muccignat, A Allori, E Pavanell, G Padro, B De Jager, F Semenzato, M Sepe.

Ulster -- A D'Arcy; C Gilroy, D Cave, P Wallace, S Danielli; I Humphreys, P Marshall; B Young, N Brady, BJ Botha; T Barker, D Tuohy; P Wannenburg, W Faloon, C Henry (capt). Reps: A Kyriacou, P McAllister, J Cronin, N McComb, A Birch, I Porter, I Whitten, N Spence.

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