How the Ulster players rated in the dismal defeat to Wasps
It was the result that ended Ulster's European dream for another season. So how did the individuals get on? As expected, it doesn't make for a pretty picture. But here goes...
Charles Piutau 4: Awful day for the back three but the Kiwi made no real impression other than driving into contact. Did put McPhillips into space but that was it.
Louis Ludik 5: He was there to snaffle Wade’s loose pass for Reidy’s try and there was a great hit on Wade just before he left with a head injury.
Darren Cave 4: Some neat early breaks and an assist for Reidy. Couldn’t get to Cruse and dummied by Le Roux. Did force a Wasps error late on.
Stuart McCloskey 5: Useful offloads when Ulster had some presence and also pulled off a good steal in the second half. But, like his team-mates, he faded away.
Jacob Stockdale 3: Never got into the game after shipping a leg injury and limped off after only 17 minutes which is a worry for the Six Nations.
Christian Leali'ifano 4: Last game before returning to the Brumbies was hugely downbeat and dominated by errors before the punishment he had taken forced him off.
John Cooney 4: The box kicks didn’t really work and there was a kick out on the full and he was bullied off the ball for Le Roux try.
Kyle McCall 5: Seemed to be the one who won an early scrum penalty and he tackled heroically throughout as Ulster were increasingly forced onto back-foot.
Rory Best 5: He won a typical poached penalty just before the end of the half but the skipper didn’t have the influence or impact Ulster needed.
Rodney Ah You 4: Scrums were more solid against a side not noted for set-piece strength but he had a knock-on which was understandable but hit momentum.
Alan O'Connor 4: Was well out of shape at the mauls which resulted in Wasps’ first try and then there was a poor cheap shot on Launchbury.
Kieran Treadwell 3: Made one early bit hit but he had very little impact and then couldn’t stop Cooper-Woolley scoring in a one-on-one tackle.
Iain Henderson 6: He worked away with typical industry but it was a lonely furrow and then when he did manage a late lineout steal, Warwick knocked-on.
Sean Reidy 5: No surprise that he had run a support line to score but after that it was all back-foot stuff as Ulster were done at the breakdown.
Nick Timoney 4: The back-row had it very tough at the Ricoh and the Dubliner did little to absorb the pressure as Wasps turned the screw.
Rob Lyttle (for Stockdale 17) 4: No chance to shine.
Johnny McPhillips (for Ludik 32) 4: No real impact.
Wiehahn Herbst (for Ah You 50) 5: Solid but little else
Andy Warwick (for Herbst 54) 4: One poor knock-on from lineout
Rob Herring (for Best 58) 4: Aggression but little accuracy
Mattie Rea (for Treadwell 56) 4: The game was well gone
Chris Henry for Timoney (65) 5: One poach, two knock-ons
Dave Shanahan (for Leali’ifano 72) 4: Nothing much he could do
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