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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)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

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

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

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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

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

Replacements

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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