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April 16, 2010

Glasgow Warriors 25 - 18 Ulster

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday April 16th 2010 | No comments

Graeme Morrison went over for Glasgow's try
Glasgow Warriors stayed in the hunt for a Magners League play-off place after a hard-fought 25-18 win over Ulster at Firhill.

Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks scored 20 points including four vital second-half drop-goals as the Warriors blasted back from a poor first half.

Paul Marshall's fine breakaway try put Ulster ahead but Parks reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a 13th-minute penalty and that is the way it remained until the interval.

Ian Humphreys' boot matched Parks and helped Ulster re-establish their five-point cushion at 11-6 but a Graeme Morrison try and three further drop-goals from Parks put the hosts in control.

Jamie Smith crossed for a late consolation try for the visitors but it was not enough to prevent a fourth consecutive loss.

Kevin Tkachuk and John Beattie put Glasgow within sniffing distance of the Ulster line in the opening minutes, but it was the visitors who put the first points on the board.

Ulster scrum-half Marshall spotted the ball on the fringe of a ruck and his three hacks took the ball 80 yards before he touched down.

It took Glasgow 10 minutes to get their heads back up but finally a 50-metre break by Max Evans gave them their first threatening position and, when Ulster offended, Parks slotted the penalty.

That should have lifted Glasgow but they were getting nowhere against an Ulster defence which took full advantage of referee Peter Allan's lenient interpretation of the offside law.

After a Fergus Thomson break, another spilled ball saw Ulster hack again to the Glasgow line and only desperate cover kept the home line intact.

Parks had a chance to put the home team ahead but his penalty drifted wide and, with Chris Henry and David Pollock keeping Glasgow quiet round the fringes, the game limped to half-time with Ulster two points up.

Glasgow's frustration manifested itself in a bust-up between Al Kellock and Chris Henry at the start of the second half before the Scottish side found a more positive direction in which to channel their energies.

Colin Shaw and Bernie Stortoni got Glasgow into the red zone and Parks put them ahead with his first drop-goal.

Ulster hit back immediately with a Humphreys penalty and stretched their lead to five points after Moray Low was punished for illegal handling.

Stortoni again got in among the Ulster defence and won the penalty for Parks to pull the margin back to two points and again it was the full-back who surged into the heart of the Ulster defence to set up Parks for drop-goal number two.

John Beattie and Dougie Hall then combined to put Morrison away and the big centre burst through two tackles to go over and give Parks the simplest of conversions.

Ulster were now tiring, their second match in four days clearly taking its toll. It was all they could do to keep Glasgow at bay but they could not prevent Parks dropping two more goals.

They produced a late push which saw Simon Danielli put Smith over for a final try, with Humphreys' conversion salvaging a vital bonus point for Ulster.

Referee Peter Allen (SRU)
Attendance 3766
Man of the Match Dan Parks
Kevin Tkachuk
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Tim Barker
Alastair Kellock
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Mark McMillan
Dan Parks
DTH van der Merwe
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Colin Shaw
Bernardo Stortoni
Dougie Hall
Ed Kalman
Dan Turner
Calum Forrester
Chris Cusiter
Ruaridh Jackson
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
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Mark McMillan Chris Cusiter
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Fergus Thomson Dougie Hall
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Tim Barker Dan Turner
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John Barclay Calum Forrester
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Kevin Tkachuk Ed Kalman
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Dan Parks Ruaridh Jackson
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Ruaridh Jackson Hefin O'Hare
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
Graeme Morrison Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Drop
Dan Parks Drop

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