August 31, 2012
Ulster 18 - 10 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Ravenhill on Friday August 31st 2012 | No comments
Nice work from Ruaridh Jackson put Tommy Seymour in for Glasgow's try Glasgow didn't get the PRO12 start they wanted at Ravenhill and will be doubly frustrated that many of their problems were self-inflicted.
Glasgow started brightly but were let down by sloppy play and it was Ulster opened their account with an O'Connor penalty with the former Connacht player's first touch after he replaced the injured Paddy Jackson.
The Warriors evened matters up 10 minutes later with a Duncan Weir penalty after Nick Williams was penalised at the breakdown. Ulster then came close when Williams lost the ball over the line before O'Connor hit an upright with a 27th-minute penalty.
The fly-half then missed again with a similar chance on the half-hour but Ulster again responded through their pack and one driving maul for the Warriors' line resulted in Glasgow winger - and former Ulster player - Tommy Seymour being sin-binned for dragging the maul down.
The net result was a series of scrums near Glasgow's line and ultimately Williams drove off the base, linked with Stevenson and Jared Payne's pass put Allen in at Seymour's corner for a score which O'Connor could not convert.
The half ended with Weir attempting a drop goal which sailed left of the posts and Ulster went in leading 8-3.
The Warriors started the second half strongly but their good work was ruined when Gilroy intercepted Weir's pass and ran all the way in under the posts from just outside his own 22, with O'Connor this time making no mistake with the extras to put Ulster 15-3 to the good.
The game then became disjointed as the benches were emptied and then just after the hour, Glasgow replacement Ruaridh Jackson's 63rd-minute penalty hit an upright.
Glasgow did get over the whitewash when Jackson worked Seymour clear and the winger rounded two defenders to score before Jackson then added the conversion to narrow Ulster's lead to 15-10.
O'Connor was again wide with a 72nd-minute penalty attempt but did hit one in the last minute to deny the Warriors a bonus point.