Ulster player ratings: How the individuals performed in bonus point PRO14 win over Dragons
Ulster climbed to within a point of second place in the PRO14 table with a bonus point win at Dragons on Sunday.
But how did the individual players perform?
Michael Sadlier cast his eye over the Ulstermen in action:
Louis Ludik 5: Was having a typically solid game and gave an assist for Cooney's try. But then came a yellow card and penalty try for the second week running.
Robert Baloucoune 6: Will be disappointed not to have got a first half try but did well to help carve out Cooney's score. Only rarely got to show off his blistering pace.
Darren Cave 4: Not a memorable outing for the most experienced player. It didn't start well with a spilled ball and then there was the yellow card.
Stuart McCloskey 7: As usual, he was Ulster's go-to carrier and was often double-teamed by the Dragons. Did well for Moore's try and stopped a Dragons try at the end.
Rob Lyttle 5: Some nice footwork was seen and he also pulled off one notable tackle too but then he picked up Ulster's second yellow of the afternoon.
Billy Burns 5: Back from injury and it never really looked like a game he was relishing. Some missed tackles and generally a quiet outing in tricky conditions.
John Cooney 5: Back from Ireland duty and, frankly this was a mixed bag. Even though he looked out of sorts he but still bagged a try and three conversions.
Eric O'Sullivan 8: Enjoyed every aspect of this game. Strong in the scrums he also popped up all over the place to carry or defend. Deserved man of the match.
Rob Herring 6: No tries this time but plenty of work at set-piece time and in other areas after being pinged early on for detaching from a driving maul.
Marty Moore 7: Put in a typically impressive body of work and his strength took him through two tackles to score Ulster’s second try though he left soon after.
Alan O’Connor 7: This type of game seemed tailormade for him with lots of physicality required. His reward was the bonus try when Ulster were down to 13 men.
Kieran Treadwell 7: Another who put in a big shift and did some useful disruptive work at the lineout. Carried 18 times, just two behind the main man McCloskey.
Clive Ross 6: Called up the day before for the injured Sean Reidy, he too made a big contribution to Ulster's ball-carrying on a day for the forwards.
Jordi Murphy 7: Like Cooney he was back from Ireland and was given Ulster's opening score though he may have lost control of the ball. Another who grafted hard.
Nick Timoney 7: Really visible wth some energetic carries and sefllessly worked on a day of big collisions with Ulster having to deal with three yellow cards.
Wiehahn Herbst (Moore 51) 6: Enjoyed his scrum penalty.
Dave Shanahan (Cooney 55) 5: A really mixed bag on a difficult day for scrum-halves.
James Hume (Cave 62) 6: Dealt with a tricky situation reasonably well.
Andy Warwick (O'Sullivan 63) 6: Dug in to help get Ulster get the bonus point.
Matty Rea (Ross 63) 6: One really strong carry with Ulster under the cosh.
John Andrew (Herring 69) 5: Not a great time to arrive with Ulster down to 13.
Ian Nagle (O'Connor 75) 4: Got to kick the ball dead.
Peter Nelson (Burns 77) 4: Saw out time.
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