How the Ulster players rated during bonus point win over Glasgow
It was another Kingspan thriller with Nick Timoney sealing a bonus-point win at the last gasp - but how did the players rate?
Jonathan Bradley casts his eye over the individual displays:
Charles Piutau 8
In what could be the All Black’s last home game for Ulster, nobody carried more, or made more metres than the Bristol-bound star.
Louis Ludik 7
The South African is getting a run in the team and continues to show nothing less than 100% determination, Made eight big tackles off the wing
Luke Marshall 7
Made some important interventions during two separate passages of play when Ulster had to dig deep in defence.
Stuart McCloskey 9
His offload for Nick Timoney’s first score opened up the Glasgow defence while he was a consistent source of go forward ball for the hosts.
Jacob Stockdale 8
Developing a bit of an aura that freezes defences for a split second when he comes onto the ball. Making much better defensive reads too.
Johnny McPhillips 8
Assumed the 10 jersey in tough circumstances but, after going off injured last week, this was a composed showing for one so young.
John Cooney 7
Ulster’s player of the year in waiting was having a good game, and indeed provided all his side’s points, before departing at half-time.
Andy Warwick 7
Put in an 80-minute shift not so long ago so will have felt he earned his break with half an hour left. Worked hard during his run.
Rob Herring 8
Coming in for Rory Best, Herring’s work-rate was again evident as he racked up 16 tackles. Line-out put under pressure but didn’t crack.
Ross Kane 7
Was excellent last week and backed it up against Glasgow. Tackled well and offered himself as a willing carrier when required.
Alan O'Connor 8
A Gibbes favourite, O’Connor went about his business in the usual quiet fashion but put in an effective shift nonetheless.
Kieran Treadwell 7
Promoted into the starting line-up after Iain Henderson’s wife gave birth, he again had the odd handling issue in the game.
Nick Timoney 9
Has been one of the finds of the season and the strength he showed to finish both his tries were indicative of his determination.
Sean Reidy 9
One of Uster’s most unsung players, Reidy was again excellent here, filling up his stat sheet as well as a scoring a crucial a try.
Jean Deysel 6
The South African has had no luck with injuries this year and again was forced off early. Disappointing sight after recent good form.
Clive Ross (for Deysel, 15mins) 8: Strong in extended showing
Paul Marshall (for Cooney, 40mins) 7: Brought tempo in an emotional farewell
Kyle McCall (for Warwick, 53mins) 6: Did his best to put himself about.
Rory Best (for Herring, 62mins) 7: Brought a calm head to proceedings
Tom O’Toole (for Kane, 62mins) 7: Scrums will be good experience banked.
Tommy Bowe (for Luke Marshall, 68 mins) 7: Made one huge hit off his wing.
Angus Curtis (for McPhillips, 72mins) 7: Only on for short time but looked good.
Robbie Diack (for Treadwell, 76 mins) 6: Involved in a limited cameo but made it known he was on the pitch
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