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November 09, 2020

Ulster 40 - 15 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Kingspan on Monday November 9th 2020 | No comments

Grant Stewart scored Glasgow's second try
Glasgow Warriors went down to a third consecutive PRO14 defeat as Ulster proved too powerful at the Kingspan Stadium.

Warriors went ahead through TJ Ioane but Ulster came back to secure the bonus point before half-time with tries from John Andrew, Marcell Coetzee, Sam Carter and John Cooney.

Sean Reidy and Matt Faddes increased the hosts' lead before Grant Stewart responded for Glasgow.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson paid tribute to the spirit shown by his team but a side missing 18 players due to injury or international commitments was ultimately overpowered by the Irish province

"Credit to Ulster, because they were clinical tonight," said Wilson.

"We conceded some soft tries to be brutally honest, but I cannot fault the effort of our players tonight. The amount of fight and spirit they showed for each other and for Glasgow Warriors was hugely commendable. We were just outdone tonight by a better side.

"If you look at the group that was out there for us tonight, we had boys from the FOSROC Super6, Scotland 7s, some players that had two days training this week - it was a real mix of players.

"We'll look back and look at the lessons from tonight, those boys will learn those lessons, and we'll move on."

Glasgow's preparations - already disrupted by the absence of the aforementioned 18 players - suffered a further blow in the warm-up, with Jamie Dobie forced with withdraw with a shoulder injury. Sean Kennedy's performance at scrum-half was one of the positives for Wilson, who also handed Stirling County's Caleb Korteweg a debut following the eleventh-hour reshuffle.

"For Sean to step in at that short notice tonight and play as well as he did - I thought he was outstanding tonight," said Wilson.

"Caleb's only been with us for a couple of days too, and I thought he looked sharp when he came off the bench.

"I'm proud of the effort of everyone. We've still got some lessons to learn, but the non-negotiable for us is that players turn up and give their all for the jersey. They did that tonight."

With next weekend's meeting with the Dragons having been postponed, Wilson's men now have a fortnight to prepare for the visit of Munster to Scotstoun on Monday 23 November. It's a period that the Glasgow Head Coach believes will allow his side to continue to gel as a unit, as the Warriors continue to blood new talent and combinations.

"It's important that this group gets together and spends more time training together as units," said Wilson.

"With all the bumps along the way, training time is massively important for this group of players. We'll be without a lot of our players because of the Scotland call-ups, so this group will come together and get tighter as a unit, and they'll keep showing that spirit we saw tonight."

Referee Nigel Owens (Wales)
Attendance 0
Aki Seiuli
Grant Stewart
Enrique Pieretto
Robert Harley
Kiran McDonald
Ryan Wilson
Tom Gordon
TJ Ioane
Sean Kennedy
Peter Horne
Nikola Matawalu
Stafford McDowall
Robbie Fergusson
Ratu Tagive
Glenn Bryce
Johnny Matthews
Alex Allan
D'arcy Rae
Lewis Bean
Hamish Bain
Fotu Lokotui
Caleb Korteweg
Brandon Thomson
Match Substitutions
Off On
Stafford McDowall Brandon Thomson
Off On
Kiran McDonald Lewis Bean
Off On
Enrique Pieretto D'arcy Rae
Off On
TJ Ioane Fotu Lokotui
Off On
Aki Seiuli Alex Allan
Off On
Grant Stewart Johnny Matthews
Off On
Sean Kennedy Caleb Korteweg
Off On
Robert Harley Hamish Bain
TJ Ioane Try 
Peter Horne Conversion
Peter Horne Penalty
Grant Stewart Try