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Ulster got their RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign off to a flying start with an easy victory over Glasgow at Ravenhill on Friday night. Despite the wind and rain,the home side were always the better team and deserved their victory.
The hosts started the game well and had the bulk of the early possession but were stunned when Nathan crossed over the try line and gave Glasgow the lead against the run of play. Weir missed the conversion but the visitors led 5-0. Ian Humphries then hit a penalty to narrow the gap for Ulster, before Darren Cave intercepted to score a fine breakaway try for the home side. Humphries converted the score and Ulster led for the first time in the game.
Half an hour into the match Ulster were the dominant team but once again Weir popped up with a penalty to reduce the lead. However, the Ulster response was almost instant and scrumhalf Paul Marshall crossed over to score a try for the hosts. Humphries missed the difficult conversion and left the game 15-8 to Ulster. That man Weir had the final say of the half, kicking a monster penalty to leave it 15-11 at the break.
Weir made it a three point game soon after the restart when Ulster were penalised under their own posts. At 15-14, Ulster were in a game. As the rain poured down, Humphries kicked a penalty to restore the home sides four point advantage. The same player then fired a huge three pointer into the wind and rain to make it 21-14. Ulster captain Chris Henry crossed over under the posts with five minutes remaining to give his side a 26-14 lead and Humphries converted to leave it 28-14.
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