Saturday 24 August 2019

Ulster find no answer to Glasgow power surge

Glasgow Warriors 30 Ulster 7

Jonathan Hogg, right, and Pete Horn of Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Ross Parker/Sportsfile
Jonathan Hogg, right, and Pete Horn of Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Ross Parker/Sportsfile

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Ulster failed to atone for their narrow defeat to Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals when losing heavily to an inspired Glasgow side that was able to put behind them the nightmare of their own Cup quarter-final loss to Saracens.

The result means that the pressure is now on Ulster in the Guinness Pro14 Conference B as the chasing sides see a chance of overtaking the Belfast side.

It was Ulster who struck first with a powerful drive from a five-metre lineout that ended with hooker Rob Herring bursting from the forward huddle before crashing over the line, leaving John Cooney with a relatively simple conversion kick.

To emphasise how evenly matched the two sides were, Glasgow replied with exactly the same kind of score, hooker Fraser Brown finishing off a driving maul and Adam Hastings adding the extras.

Glasgow quickly took the lead, this time adept handling by the backs and a powerful run by Kyle Steyn in midfield setting up a try for Hastings, who then saw his conversion kick rebound off the near upright.

A penalty goal by Hastings put Warriors 15-7 ahead but it seemed Ulster would regain ground from a five-metre lineout, but it produced nothing. Glasgow quickly gained ground at the other end and with the clock in red Tommy Seymour finished off excellent handling to give the home side a 20-7 interval advantage.

Jonathan Hogg of Glasgow Warriors is tackled by Jacob Stockdale of Ulster. Photo: Ross Parker/Sportsfile
Jonathan Hogg of Glasgow Warriors is tackled by Jacob Stockdale of Ulster. Photo: Ross Parker/Sportsfile

If Glasgow had lifted their fans just before half-time then the Scotstoun crowd were ecstatic when Warriors claimed their bonus-point try just after the break when Zander Fagerson powered over from close range at the end of patient build-up by the home side.

Hastings added the conversion for a 27-7 lead that should have been reduced when Jacob Stockdale put Luke Marshall on course for a try, only for the returning centre to be tackled by Seymour causing a knock-on and giving Glasgow instant relief.

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Glasgow's positive play produced further points with a second penalty goal by Hastings to put Warriors ahead by 30-7.

Ulster seemed to have gained some solace when Rob Lyttle latched on to loose ball before sprinting up field for what seemed a certain try.

Jacob Stockdale of Ulster, left, is tackled by Kyle Steyn of Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Ross Parker/Sportsfile
Jacob Stockdale of Ulster, left, is tackled by Kyle Steyn of Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Ross Parker/Sportsfile

But a huge defensive effort by Seymour denied the Ulster full-back his moment of glory, even though he was millimetres short of the line, to leave Glasgow with a simple job of running down the clock against a demoralised Ulster.

Glasgow Warriors - S Hogg; T Seymour (R Nairn 72), K Steyn, S Johnson, N Matawalu; A Hastings (P Horne 71), A Price (G Horne 72); O Kebble (J Bhattie 33), F Brown (G Stewart 65), Z Fagerson (S Halanukonuka 65), R Harley, J Gray, A Ashe (S Cummings 60), C Fusaro (T Tameilau 70), M Fagerson.

Ulster - M Lowry (A Kernohan 20); R Lyttle, L Marshall (D Cave 52), S McCloskey, J Stockdale; B Burns (D Shanahan 66), J Cooney; E O'Sullivan (A Warwick 45), R Herring (J Andrew 43), M Moore (T O'Toole 62), A O'Connor, K Treadwell (I Nagle 52), S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee.(M Rea 72)

Ref - S Berry (SAFU)

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