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Ulster miss out on bonus

Ulster got their new Pro12 League campaign up and running in workman-like fashion with a deserved victory over Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill last night.

However, they will be a little disappointed that they failed to boost that win with a bonus point after Darren Cave and Paul Marshall scored tries in the opening half and skipper Chris Henry grabbed a third late on.

The boot of Ian Humphreys did the rest of the damage as he contributed 13 points in an assured performance. Dan Tuohy, making his first start since last January, had an outstanding game both in the line-out and in open play. Interestingly, Brian McLaughlin only used one replacement the whole game, with Nigel Brady replacing hooker Andi Kyriacou.

Glasgow were first off the mark in the 11th minute after former Connacht star Troy Nathan barged over the line and was given the thumbs-up after a TMO decision.

Ulster responded with a Humphreys penalty and they went ahead two minutes later when Cave intercepted a loose pass and raced 35 metres to the line. Humphreys added the extras.

Ulster were in the ascendancy midway through the opening half and after Duncan Weir knocked over a penalty for Glasgow, Nevin Spence created havoc at the restart and after two great carries by lock Tuohy, the ever-alert Marshall darted around the unguarded blindside to touch down.

Weir hit two penalties either side of half-time but Humphreys responded with two of his own.

It was all Ulster in the final quarter and but they never really threatened the line, while Humphreys missed a fairly easy penalty.

However, with a minute of normal time remaining Ulster almost nabbed a bonus. After a long spell camped on the Glasgow line, they were rewarded when workaholic skipper Henry barged over at the posts with Humphreys adding the extras.

There was nearly a repeat into injury-time but a dropped pass spoiled any chance of a five-pointer.

Ulster -- A D'Arcy; C Gilroy, D Cave, N Spence, I Whitten; I Humphreys, P Marshall; P McAllister, A Kyriacou (Brady 71), J Cronin, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, P Wannenburg, W Faloon, C Henry (capt).

Glasgow -- S Hogg; T Seymour (Horne 56), R Dewey (Pyrgos 66), T Nathan, C Shaw (Aramburu 73); D Weir, C Gregor; J Welsh (Grant 14), P MacArthur (Gillies 79), M Cusack (Kalman 53), T Ryder, R Harley (capt), J Eadie (Campbell 70), C Fusaro, R Wilson.

Ref -- L Hodges (WRU).

Irish Independent