Leinster v Ulster ratings: double try scorer Jones sparkles in bonus point defeat at RDS
It wasn't a win, but Ulster will surely be happy with taking a bonus point from their 54-42 loss to Leinster at the RDS Arena.
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No.8 Greg Jones got two tries and fly-half Bill Johnston was perfect from the tee, but who impressed in our eyes? Michael Sadlier takes a look at who was best...
Rob Lyttle - 4
First game back in over a month and provided a really nice assist for Kernohan. But then after Leinster’s third try he left the field and didn’t return.
Craig Gilroy - 5
Got an important hit on Kelleher early on but after that it was hardly a defensive masterclass. Still, he got an intercept try in the second half.
Matt Faddes -5
Lovely transfer for Kernohan’s try but then was sin-binned for a high hit on Tommy O’Brien. Then came his opportunist try but there was a bad miss on Byrne.
Angus Curtis - 4
Shot up and missed Tommy O’Brien in the lead-up to Leinster’s second. From then on it was back-foot scrambling stuff and then came the bad-looking injury.
Angus Kernohan - 5
First start and only second game this season and got over early for a vital score which gave Ulster some hope. Came very close to a second as well.
Bill Johnston - 5
Hit a wonderful conversion from Kernohan’s score and his work from the tee was accurate. But would have wanted more impact on the game when it swung Ulster's way.
David Shanahan - 5
Only his second start this season, his passing was crisp but there was a poor knock-on at one ruck. Made amends with some of his trademark running lines.
Andrew Warwick - 4
First start in the campaign and only third game of the season. There wasn’t a great deal he could do other than try and plug the gaps.
Adam McBurney - 4
An early high tackle set the tone and then there was one moment when he should have won a jackal only to be bullied off the ball.
Tom O’Toole - 5
Won a penalty from some strong counter-rucking which put it up to Leinster in the tight stuff. His time on the pitch was largely spent hauling blue shirts down.
David O’Connor - 5
Making his competitive debut against his home province and alongside his brother, there was no doubting his effort especially as Ulster came back.
Alan O’Connor - 5
Ulster’s newest centurion, he was clearly up for this as usual though his determination and desire led to his discipline slipping which led to Leinster’s sixth try.
Matthew Rea - 6
There were a couple of notable drives with the ball and he could have folded but finished the game strongly. Took a great lineout late on.
Nick Timoney - 5
The back-row battle was far too one-sided and the sight of him being driven through on the line wasn’t a good-looking sight. Ended up on the wing.
Greg Jones - 7
Not used since the Kings, he got stronger as the game went on. Secured the bonus point try before bagging a second and was Ulster’s most impressive forward.
Ethan McIlroy (for Lyttle, 24 mins) - 6
Some errors on debut but made several impressive breaks
Stewart Moore (for Faddes, 51 mins) - 5
Also made a positive impression on debut
Azur Allison (for Curtis, 51 mins) - 5
Too slow to stop Deegan but worked so hard
John Andrew (for McBurney, 56 mins) - 5
Another who got stronger
Kyle McCall (for Warwick, 56 mins) - 5
Handled the ball well a few times
Ross Kane (for O’Toole, 56 mins) - 5
Really stepped up when he could have folded
Jack Regan (for A O’Connor, 69 mins) - 4
Enjoyed his debut as well
Jonny Stewart (for Shanahan, 71 mins) - 6
Great determination for Ulster’s sixth try
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