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Ulster player ratings: How McFarland's men performed in Kingspan victory over Scarlets

Iain Henderson, Sean Reidy and Tommy O'Toole celebrate the victory at Kingspan last night
Iain Henderson, Sean Reidy and Tommy O'Toole celebrate the victory at Kingspan last night

Ulster saw off Scarlets for the second time in eight days when they won 30-15 in Belfast on Friday evening.

But how did the individual players perform?

Here's Michael Sadlier's take on the displays.

Starting XV

Louis Ludik 7: Solid and reliable again, and countered well with one great surge forward in the second half. Ended the game on the wing after Stockdale went off.

Henry Speight 7: Looked hungry for action, the forward pass to Addison and his own missed effort didn’t look great but did all he could when Scarlets scored.

Will Addison 8: Sharp again, thought he had a try in the first half and helped in the lead-up to Stockdale’s score. Moved to full-back where he finished the game.

Stuart McCloskey 7: When he could he carried hard in contact with a big shift in giving Ulster momentum. He did really well in the lead up to Henderson’s second try.

Jacob Stockdale 9: Showed his power early on and there was a monster touch-finder too before he pounced for his fifth try in six for Ulster. He left early though.

Billy Burns 8: Some lovely touches but got charged-down early. Roared back with passes, great tactical kicking and cross-kicking, leading to Stockdale’s try.

John Cooney 8: The kicks went over more easily and he came away with 15 points, his try sealing Ulster’s bonus point after kicking two conversions and penalties.

Eric O’Sullivan 8: Very visible when it came to defence and another big tackle count went in. The scrums were good too and he performed well throughout

Rory Best 8: His record-breaking European appearance was marked with plenty of high visibility and nearly before Cooney got the bonus point.

Marty Moore 7: Put in a huge amount of defensive work in the opening half and kept that intensity going while on the park. Can be pleased with his work.

Iain Henderson 9: Rolled up his sleeves and was rewarded with two tries. Both came from his physical work close-in near the line. Another with a big tackle count.

Kieran Treadwell 8: Busied himself with carries and tackles and was very high profile with both. This was a really strong performance full of accuracy and energy.

Sean Reidy 8: Did well to tidy up and latched onto a high ball to set up an attack and kept going. Topped Ulster’s tackle count with 17 hits. Always worked hard.

Jordi Murphy 7: Worked hard to put Ulster on the front-foot with useful support work. Like Reidy offered himself at the lineouts and put the squeeze on Scarlets.

Marcell Coetzee 8: Another big performance with powerful carries and tackles. Ulster’s top carrier with 14 and would have had more but was subbed in the second half.


Darren Cave (Stockdale 57) 6: Filled in at centre for the win

Kyle McCall (O’Sullivan 62) 6: First game for a while and did fine

Nick Timoney (Coetzee 68) 6: A big tackle count in a short time

Rob Herring (Best 78) 6: Tackled well and made his contribution

Tom O’Toole (Moore 68) 6: Also visible in defence

Johnny McPhillips (Burns 68) 6: Also did his job effectively

Matty Rea (Treadwell 76) 5: Helped see it out

Not used: Dave Shanahan

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