October 01, 2010
Ulster 19 - 17 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Ravenhill on Friday October 1st 2010 | 4 comments
DTH van der Merwe grabbed the Glasgow try Glasgow were edged out 19-17 by Ulster tonight but the Warriors will know they missed an opportunity for a much needed win.
Big money South African recruit Ruan Pienaar scored all Ulster's 19 points. The Springbok scrum-half, on his debut, crossed for a try, which he converted, in addition to landing four penalties, to see the Ravenhill side home in a game which saw the lead change hands several times.
The outcome was in the balance right up until the final whistle which consigned the Warriors to their fourth straight defeat.
After Pienaar failed with an early penalty attempt from inside his own half, the Warriors took control of the game with two rapid scores arriving in the ninth and 10th minutes.
Firstly Duncan Weir slotted a penalty after Bryan Young was penalised in the tackle zone, and then DTH Van der Merwe got on the end of a pass from Max Evans and made the left corner after Andrew Trimble spilled a high ball just inside his own half.
Weir failed to add the extras and Ulster narrowed the margin with Pienaar's first points for the province when the Springbok saw his penalty come in off the left upright after Glasgow were penalised at a scrum. he soon added another penalty.
Ulster's new signing got on the scoresheet again when, in the 23rd minute, Ulster drove a lineout near the Warriors' line and Rory Best, on his 100th appearance, peeled off on the blind side and put Pienaar in at the right corner.
The odds were against the South African converting his own score, but he nailed it with a perfect kick to give Ulster a 13-8 lead.
Two minutes later, Weir's second penalty narrowed Ulster's lead to two points and then, after Dan Tuohy was penalised for taking out Van der Merwe, Glasgow launched an attack on Ulster's line that led to another Weir penalty which put the Warriors ahead by a point at half-time.
Pienaar put Ulster back in the lead with a 44th-minute penalty which bounced in off the crossbar, but that was cancelled out five minutes later by Weir who put the Warriors back in front.
Glasgow number eight Richie Vernon was then curiously not shown the yellow card after he took Trimble out - though both the Ulster winger and Paddy Wallace appeared to have knocked on in a rare Ulster attack - and from the resulting penalty Pienaar wastefully put the kick wide.
Weir fired wide with a 65-metre effort and then, with Ulster turning the screw, Pienaar kicked a fourth successful penalty to put Ulster 19-17 in front.
He sent another straightforward-looking kick against the upright, and this time it stayed out, making for a tense finale, but Ulster clung on for four points.
thought Glasgow were really poor last night. While their defence was immense and a big improvement on the last couple of weeks, attacking they were really really poor. It was all pretty laboured and too much ball was kicked away. The new rules make it imperative to hold on to the ball if not playing for territory and Glasgow didn't.
To me the defining moment of the game was about the 60th minute mark. Glasgow had controlled the 2nd half and were applying pressure in the Ulster half, in the space of a couple of minutes Glasgow had kicked aimlessly on 4 occasions which gave the ball to Ulster and they basically didn't give it back until it was too late.
Hi You got it right .Kicking possession away just gives the opposition the chance to keep coming and eventually the wall is breached .Why kick it away? Possibly because at present without Beattie ,Kellock etc we do not have the bulk/experience etc to take it up thro the forwards etc.The young guys are still learning and there is no Parks now to put the high kicks up /we gotto learn quickly with the cup matches next or it will be difficult .Lets not forget that against a very experienced Ulster lot we performed creditably .Lineen is working hard to bring a new crop through but I dont think the harvest is quite ready just yet
As I said on the forum I was impressed by the performance, we are on an upwards curve. The bookies had us losing by 11 points and we easily beat that. The youngsters in the pack (i.e. all of them) stood up well to a very physical and experienced Ulster 8.
Now, to beat the Dragons.
Edged out. Three out of 5 ML games this year have been lost by 3-points.This was a feature similar to last year which led up to run of wins which put us in the play-offs. It is encouraging as we have no Dan Parks or Kelly Brown now, and Sean's new boys are clearly matching up at this level. But why the close defeats often sealed late in the game? Is the edge fitness, lack of experience, determination or what? This pattern should be attracting Sean's attention.
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