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Wednesday 25 November 2015

Magners League: Leinster v Ulster player ratings

By Michael Sadlier

Published 18/04/2011

<b>Adam D'Arcy - 4</b><br />
There was no hiding place as he made horrible defensive errors for Leinster's first two tries and then went too high on Horgan in an admittedly more difficult situation as Leinster got their third score.
Adam D'Arcy - 4
There was no hiding place as he made horrible defensive errors for Leinster's first two tries and then went too high on Horgan in an admittedly more difficult situation as Leinster got their third score.
Andrew Trimble - 5
You could sense his frustration as things went rapidly wrong and he put in some big hits and threw himself into contact. His night was summed up by a long kick that went dead.
Nevin Spence - 4
Didn't have to face Brian O'Driscoll, but his physicality was matched and bettered by the O'Malley/McFadden midfield combination while Leinster's general dynamism was just too much.
Paddy Wallace - 5
Tried to produce his box of tricks with soft off-loads and half-breaks, but again, he found Leinster just too hot to handle. He dug deep in an Ulster comeback which just fell short of a losing bonus point.
Craig Gilroy - 5
Initially it looked as if he was going to be given a very harsh lesson by Shane Horgan, whose strength was just too much for Ulster, but the young winger bounced back with an eighth try in his debut season.
Ian Humphreys - 5
It just didn't happen for Ulster's out-half, nor indeed for too many around him, try as he did to spark them into life. He did crucially kick three from four penalty attempts, though, before departing with an injury.
Ruan Pienaar - 5
Not the sort of contest that any Ulster player came through with much credit, but Pienaar again tried — and largely failed — to have a significant impact. He ended up playing out-half as Ulster fought to salvage something.
Paddy McAllister - 5
A late starter for the withdrawn Tom Court, he did win a couple of penalties against Wright in the scrums, but was unable to have the impact he would have wanted in general play.
Rory Best - 5
Allowed his anger at what was happening in the first-half to get the better of him and had a bit of a spat with Cullen, but was tireless in his efforts to get Ulster back into the game.
BJ Botha - 5
The game seemed dead when he was forced off with an injury and to play twice within a week after being out for so long was probably a big ask anyway.
Tim Barker - 5
Always an honest performer, he did what he could, but there looked little to salvage after the first-half so credit must be given to all the pack for the way they fought back.
Dan Tuohy - 5
With Muller absent he needed to step up and though he laboured away it was just as challenging an outing as against Northampton last weekend. He never gave up though and got some reward in Ulster's comeback.
Robbie Diack - 4
Tried to bring some dynamism to the party, but failed to hold a scoring pass - points that as it turned out would certainly have secured a losing bonus - when Fitzgerald seemed to block his vision of the ball.
Chris Henry - 5
The game was gone before the end of the first-half and while he did a lot of grafting it was always going to be an uphill struggle, although he was always in the thick of it.
Pedrie Wannenburg - 4
His tackle on Fitzgerald, who didn’t have the ball, could really only end up with a yellow card and though he did get a try later, Ulster shipped 14 points while he was in the bin.
Jerry Cronin (for BJ Botha, 32mins) - 5
Probably wasn’t expecting to get on, but did fine.
Willie Faloon (for Robbie Diack, 48mins) - 5
Brought a bit of extra pace and guile to the back row.
Darren Cave (for Nevin Spence, 50mins) - 6
Visibly contributed to Ulster's fight-back.
Bryan Young (for Paddy McAllister, 60mins) - 5
The scrum was solid after so much disruption to the front row.
Neil McComb (for Tim Barker, 60mins) - 5
Eager and committed.
Conor Gaston for Adam D'Arcy, 65mins) - 5
Looked rather more assured and more committed to attacking.
Paul Marshall (for Ian Humphreys, 72mins) - 5
Brought usual quota of energy and enthusiasm.
Andi Kyriacou (for Rory Best, 74mins) - 5
Too late to influence the game.

Ulster suffered a 34-26 defeat to Leinster in their Magners League clash in Dublin at the weekend.

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Here, we rate how each Ulster player performed during the match.

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