How the Ulster players rated during surprise victory over Scarlets
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.
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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