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

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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