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How the Ulster players rated during surprise victory over Scarlets

By Jonathan Bradley

It was a win that took many by surprise but just who were the key players as Ulster earned a 27-20 success over Scarlets?

Jonathan Bradley gives his view on all the individual performances.

Louis Ludik 7

Some nice touches and a great cross-kick catch late in the first half and stood out several more times after that until leaving injured.

Andrew Trimble 6

A quiet enough opening 40 minutes though there was plenty of endeavour. Was badly skinned for Jonathan Davies’ try though.

Luke Marshall 7

Early penalties didn’t help or an early missed tackle though he nearly scored too. Knuckled down for a stronger second half.

Stuart McCloskey 8

The usual directness and some great off-loading in contact to help create both tries. He even won man of the match.

Jacob Stockdale 8

When space needed finding he seemed to be in the right place and it was no surprise that he was there to take Reidy’s scoring pass.

Christian Leali’ifano 8

Some lovely passing and even a neat cross-kick for Stockdale. Took a late hit from Parkes but recovered and slotted two kicks.

John Cooney 7

Again some very tidy work and another pretty good return from the tee as well. Won’t have enjoyed being sacked at a maul though.

Kyle McCall 7

Carried hard and scrummaged well enough, he never shirked putting himself about the park and making the hits when he could.

Rob Herring 6

There was greater accuracy to his basics but some spilled passes didn’t look great. Even so he toiled away as best he could.

Wiehahn Herbst 6

Did his primary job reasonably well but will not be pleased with his knock-on early in the second half and a scrum penalty too.

Kieran Treadwell 6

Tried to make things happen and was visible around the park before being called ashore for Robbie Diack in the second half.

Alan O’Connor 7

As usual he rolled up his sleeves and got on with the unseen stuff. He managed plenty of carries and tackles. A workhorse.

Mattie Rea 7

Was turned over on one charge towards the line but kept his head and came back into the game and even managed double figures in carries.

Chris Henry 6

Got turned over in midfield on one occasion but the skipper rallied the troops for a grandstand finish though he had departed for it.

Sean Reidy 7

With no Deysel he became the primary ball-carrier but made a great run and pass to create Stockdale’s try which helped Ulster believe.

Replacements

Tommy Bowe (for Ludik 52mins): Showed his class with great burst for Andrew’s try. 7

John Andrew (for Herring 57): Took the winning try so well.7

Robbie Diack (for Treadwell 58): Made a big impression.7

Clive Ross (for Henry 66): There to turn things around. 6

Paul Marshall (for Cooney 69): Crucially involved in the winning score. 6

Peter Nelson (for Stockdale 72): Only on for eight minutes but was certainly part of winning effort. 5

Rodney Ah You (for Herbst 72): Helped turn things for Ulster.5

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