Ulster rugby’s poor start to the season continued at Ravenhill when a late try from James Eddie which Stuart Hogg converted condemned Mark Anscombe’s men to their second defeat in two games.
Up to that point the game appeared to developing into a contest between the kickers as Stuart Hogg and Paddy Jackson, recovering from last weeks disappointing display, swapped blows before the Warriors ran out 12-13 winners.
Glasgow drew first blood in the the 6th minute when Hogg kicked three points following a Johann Muller high tackle. Paddy Jackson responded with a penalty for Ulster before Ulster’s forward power produce two more penalties for Jackson to convert, the second coming from 45 metres out. Hogg responded with a difficult kick out wide for the Warriors. Again Ulster’s high tempo caused problems for the visiting team giving Jackson another opportunity to give the home team a 12-6 lead at halftime. Hogg was agonisingly close to closing the gap to just three before the break.
Ulster continued to exert pressure on the visitors in the second half but their failure to finish would come back to haunt them. Ian Marshall was culpable on one occasion after being given a clear run in by Jackson only to fumble the ball at the worst time possible. The Warriors displayed great resolve in surviving the onslaught from the Ulster men only coughing up one penalty which Jackson uncharacteristically missed. Reduced to 14 men for the final ten minutes the Warriors finally breached the Ulster line following great work by Van Der Merwe with the replacement James Eddie, only on the field for 12 minutes, getting the try and Hogg held his nerve to secure the win.
Mark Anscombe must be happier with an improved performance, in particular from out half Paddy Jackson, but will be scratching his head has to how his team lost this game. The Glasgow Warriors will be delighted with the away win and the fortitude displayed in keeping Ulster at bay and taking their chance when it appeared.
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