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Ulster v Scarlets ratings: Baloucoune leads the way as province sear to bonus point win


Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune shrugs off the interests of Morgan Williams (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune shrugs off the interests of Morgan Williams (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune shrugs off the interests of Morgan Williams (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

It was a good night for Ulster as they racked up five tries in their bonus point win over the Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium.

Robert Baloucoune was immense on the wing and Matt Faddes scored a brace, but who topped our ratings from the game?

Take a look here...

Starting XV

Louis Ludik - 7

As reliable as ever on his 100th appearance for the province, it was fitting he had another dependable performance on his milestone night

Robert Baloucoune - 8

An excellent way to announce himself in the Ulster back three again as he was always a handful in attack, took his try well and made his tackles

Matt Faddes - 7

Grabbed a brace of tries and was generally one of the most dangerous players on the park, switched between centre and wing to devastating effect

Stuart McCloskey - 7

Played playmaker for the majority of the first half, kicking through for Faddes' first score and providing Baloucoune with the excellent skip pass for his try

Craig Gilroy - 6

Was overshadowed by his wing partner and was well marshalled by the Scarlets defence who clearly saw him as the danger man, saw yellow late on

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Bill Johnston - 7

Provided some pinpoint crossfield kicks that kept the Scarlets defence constantly guessing in the first half, was unfortunate to see little ball in the second

John Cooney - 7

Showed great awareness for his try and was at full flow offensively in the first half in another excellent display that will further his Ireland claims

Eric O'Sullivan - 7

Perhaps not quite as prominent as his front row colleagues in the loose, but was still busy and was a key part of the dominant front row

Rob Herring - 7

Perfect at the line-out and strong at the scrum, if he needed a performance to maybe convince Andy Farrell to include him for Ireland, this was it

Marty Moore - 7

Continues to show why he's so integral to this Ulster team with another big set-piece display, backed by a more prominent game in the loose

Alan O'Connor - 6

Came up with a key maul turnover in the first half and was his usual dependable self in defence, would have liked to be more prominent with ball in hand

Kieran Treadwell - 7

Can always be relied upon for go-forward ball when carrying and that was once again the case in this game as he came onto the ball at pace frequently

Matty Rea - 7

Will have been delighted to get his first score for his province in another hard working display in what is becoming an ever impressive season

Sean Reidy - 6

A quiet performance for Reidy, who tackled like a trojan once again in doing the unseen work off the ball, but never got the chance to carry much

Marcell Coetzee - 7

Was able to show off more of his offensive capabilities in this game and proved a handful all night for a dismal Scarlets defence


Adam McBurney (for Herring, 51 mins) - 6

Provided another strong cameo

Nick Timoney (for Coetzee, 51 mins) - 6

Did a lot of busy work late on

David Shanahan (for Cooney, 51 mins) - 5

Was starved of the ball

Tom O'Toole (for Moore, 59 mins) - 6

Looked for the ball a lot

Andrew Warwick (for O'Sullivan, 66 mins) - 6

Came on and added some ballast

Angus Kernohan (for Ludik, 66 mins) - 5

Didn't see enough of the ball

David O'Connor (for Rea, 72 mins) - 5

Not on long enough

Angus Curtis (for Johnston, 72 mins) - 6

Energetic cameo yielded an assist

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