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How the Ulster players rated in victory over Treviso

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster edged a narrow victory in Treviso on Saturday with a performance that wasn't exactly top notch.

Director of Rugby Les Kiss was far from happy with his side's display and warned any repeat next week could yield an embarrassing reverse at the hands of reigning league champions Scarlets.

Here's how the Ulster playeres rated individually in Italy:

Louis Ludik 6

Consistent as ever and did well to scramble back and cover a threatening break in the first half. Didn’t get much change with the ball.

Andrew Trimble 7

Didn’t get many chances but when he did, made no mistake. Was more alert than anyone else for his first try and tracked well for his second.

Tommy Bowe 5

Still re-adjusting to being back in the centre, got burned once on the outside but one burst through the middle deserved greater reward.

Stuart McCloskey 6

Forced the penalty that later brought game’s first try but Treviso were quick to zero in on the big centre when he got the ball.

Jacob Stockdale 7

Back after his first international experience, he looked Ulster’s most consistent threat and was in the right place at the right time for his score. 

Christian Leali’ifano 5

Clearly still working his way into things and the Australian was a subdued presence on Saturday in a game when Ulster’s backline got little going.

John Cooney 7

Cooney was certainly pick of the bunch. Buzzed around the fringes brightly while his try-saving tackle loomed large come the final whistle. 

Callum Black 5

In his first action of the season, didn’t make much impact around the park but held up his end in the scrum over 50 minutes of play. 

Rob Herring 6

Worked hard before giving way to Andrew and racked up eight tackles in less than an hour on the pitch as well as offering improved line-out darts. 

Wiehahn Herbst 6

Led the tight-five in tackles with a mark that was bettered only by Sean Reidy, while his 10 carries were also the most among the forwards.

Kieran Treadwell 5

In his first game back after making his Ireland debut, it was a quiet day from a player who became a key figure last season.

Robbie Diack 6

Did his best work in the line-out with a team-leading seven takes out of touch while also contributing to the late defensive effort. 

Mattie Rea 5

On his first senior start, showed glimpses of what he will be able to offer Ulster this season, but will still have come away with a few work-ons. 

Sean Reidy 7

Provided his usual tireless effort in a re-jigged back row. Comfortably led the side in tackles and provided a few threatening carries. 

Jean Deysel 5

Without Marcell Coetzee for company, the former Munster man wasn’t nearly as destructive as a week prior before his early substitution.

Replacements:

Luke Marshall (for Trimble, 49) Ulster had little ball. 5

Chris Henry (for Deysel, 49) Had to battle away. 5

Andy Warwick (for Black, 50) Worked hard with Treviso in ascendancy. 5

Peter Nelson (for Leali’ifano 60) One clearing kick relieved pressure. 6

Rodney Ah You (for Herbst, 60) Provided a couple of big carries. 6

John Andrew (for Herring, 60) Had to make one key tackle. 6

Dave Shanahan (for Cooney, 65) Wasn’t able to add much. 5

Pete Browne (for Treadwell, 73) 5

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