September 02, 2011
Ulster 28 - 14 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Ravenhill on Friday September 2nd 2011 | No comments
Troy Nathan went over for the Glasgow try Glasgow went down to defeat to Ulster in the opening round of the RaboDirect Pro12 season and despite playing some good stuff the Warriors contributed to their own downfall at Ravenhill.
Trouble in the set-piece - in particular a malfunctioning lineout - meant Glasgow just didn't have the platform to put consistent pressure on an experienced but unspectacular Ulster team.
Glasgow started the better and opened the scoring after 10 minutes when new signing Troy Nathan barged over the line near the posts, but Duncan Weir missed the straightforward conversion.
Ulster hit back with a Humphreys penalty before Darren Cave intercepted a Colin Gregor pass to touchdown.
Weir landed his first kick with a penalty to cut Ulster's lead to 10-8. but the Ravenhill men stretched their lead to 15-8 when Paul Marshall exploited a lack of Glasgow cover at a ruck to go in at the corner.
Weir kicked a long-range penalty after Ulster failed to roll away in the tackle and the half ended with Ulster's lead cut to 15-11.
Glasgow had Ulster under pressure in the opening minutes of the second period and there was just one point in it when Weir slotted over another penalty from close in, but that was to be the visitors' last score.
Humphreys immediately struck a long-range reply to put his side 18-14 up and then, just before the hour mark, landed a penalty from halfway to give Ulster some breathing space.
Ulster applied some late pressure and got their reward when Henry barged through some weak tackling to go over near the posts in the 78th minute with Humphreys adding the extras to put Ulster clear.
There were positives for Glasgow with Michael Cusack looking solid on the tighthead and teenager Stuart Hogg putting in an assured display at full-back but the Warriors will be awaiting news on the knocks that saw Jon Welsh and Tommy Seymour limp off.