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May 04, 2008

Ulster 24 - 35 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Ravenhill on Saturday May 3rd 2008 | 4 comments

Lome Fa'atau went over for Glasgow's opening try
Glasgow skipper Dan Parks scored 15 points with the boot as the Warriors fought back for a bonus-point victory thanks to two late penalties and a converted try despite having two players sent to the sin bin in the last quarter.

In the process Ulster fell to their first home defeat under coach Matt Williams in an entertaining eight-try clash.

Both sides finished with try bonuses as the defences struggled.

Playing into a swirling wind, Glasgow opened Ulster up after just six minutes when, from turnover ball in their own 22, Warriors centre Max Evans chipped and gathered before drawing two defenders and beautifully offloading to winger Lome Fa'atau who ran in from just over 50 metres.

Parks' conversion was a formality even in the difficult conditions, and the Scot then slotted a penalty four minutes later after some Neil Best backchat saw Ulster retreat a further 10 metres after being penalised at a ruck.

Ulster needed to respond and did so two minutes later when Wallace kicked for the corner, instead of the posts, setting up the field position which ultimately led to Isaac Boss scrambling over after a period of sustained pressure on Glasgow's line.

Wallace's conversion narrowed the visitors' lead to three points and then Ulster took the lead when Wallace again kicked for the corner from a penalty, allowing his pack secure the lineout and drive Roger Wilson over the line after 21 minutes.

Wallace failed to add the extras but Glasgow again showed their enterprise and opportunism when Graeme Morrison's line break and feed put number eight John Beattie through near the posts.

Parks failed to judge the wind for the conversion but the Warriors led 15-12 at the interval.

They quickly stretched their lead two minutes after the restart when a Boss clearance from Ulster's 22 was collected by Parks whose flat pass to Evans saw the centre break a raft of weak Ulster tackles to make it over and give Parks a straightforward conversion to make it 22-12 to the Warriors.

All seemed comfortable for Sean Lineen's side until prop Moray Low was sent to the bin two minutes before the hour for pulling down a driving maul near the Glasgow line. It was to prove costly as by the time he returned his team-mates had shipped 12 points to give Ulster the lead.

First up was Simon Danielli who barged over in the left corner and then, two minutes after the hour mark, Ulster grabbed their bonus-point try when Tommy Bowe gathered a Boss kick and danced up the touchline and under the posts to give Wallace the conversion and Ulster a 24-22 lead.

Parks' second penalty gave Glasgow the lead again after 66 minutes and with the visitors now back at full strength, Thom Evans burst through from a Beattie pass to score near the posts to give Glasgow their try bonus.

Parks added the conversion before flanker John Barclay also received a late yellow card.

Even so, the Warriors had the wherewithal to score again through another Parks penalty in the 78th minute giving the Warriors a well-earned victory.

Referee T Hayes (Wales)
Attendance 6,592
Man of the Match Dan Parks
Team
1
Justin Va'a
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Opeta Palepoi
5
Dan Turner
6
Kelly Brown
7
John Barclay
8
John Beattie
9
Colin Gregor
10
Dan Parks
11
Thom Evans
12
Graeme Morrison
13
Max Evans
14
Lome Fa'atau
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Eric Milligan
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Andy Newman
Sub
James Eddie
Sub
Sam Pinder
Sub
Scott Barrow
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Justin Va'a Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Opeta Palepoi Andy Newman
Off On
Lome Fa'atau Scott Barrow
Off On
Dougie Hall Eric Milligan
Scorers
Lome Fa'atau Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
John Beattie Try 
Max Evans Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Thom Evans Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Gallery
    Comments
    Posted by Alistair on May 4, 2008 08:24 PM | Reply to this comment

    Great result.

    now, if only Glasgow could cut out their regular bouts of mid-season gashness.

    Posted by sunday5 on May 4, 2008 09:17 PM | Reply to this comment

    If only!

    Sounds like a superb game. Great to see Max Evans storming the Centers, he's seen there is the chance of more starts at 13 no doubt and if he can keep this up we'll be seeing a lot more of him.

    Well done Warriors!!!

    Posted by vicki on May 4, 2008 10:41 PM | Reply to this comment

    What a fan-bloody-tastic game!!! I'm still recovering from trauma and excitement! Bring on Cork!

    Posted by copnei on May 4, 2008 09:27 PM | Reply to this comment

    I'm looking forward to going to Cork next week now. A similar result next week could see us up to tying for third I think.

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