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Ulster player ratings: How the individuals performed in PRO14 victory over Ospreys

Louis Ludik makes a break at Brewery Field.
Louis Ludik makes a break at Brewery Field.

Ratings by Michael Sadlier

Ulster edged past Ospreys in a low-scoring game at Brewery Field on Friday evening.

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But how did all the players perform?

Michael Sadlier ran his eye on the Ulster stars:

Starting XV

Peter Nelson 6: He was really solid under the high ball and might have even had a try but chose to cut inside just before McCloskey did get the score.

Angus Kernohan 5: Not scoring when all he had to do was secure the ball wasn’t good and then he had the ball ripped off him but there was some good defence.

Darren Cave 6: Prominent in the lead-up to Kernohan’s missed chance. Had the ball stripped off him too. Gave away a late penalty but was defensively sound.

Stuart McCloskey 7: His 100th appearance marked by scoring the only try and a wonderful off-load in the lead-up. Made up for losing the ball on the Ospreys’ line earlier.

Louis Ludik 6: Did well with some high balls and was generally his solid self. However, he gave away a late penalty which might have cost Ulster the game.

Michael Lowry 6: Looked sharp on his first start at 10 but there were a few misplaced kicks. No doubting his braveness in the tackle which ended his game.

John Cooney 6: Started sharply but some kicks went a bit astray. Missed his first shot at goal and then only took another shot as the clock ticked down to red.

Eric O’Sullivan 7: Won a key turnover in the first half and showed some good handling as well. Made an impressive 13 tackles to equal McCloskey’s total.

Rob Herring 7: The scrums were strong and he ended up with 12 tackles to his name. Had one good charge off the back of an Ulster maul.

Marty Moore 6: Did really well in the loose and had the beating of his opposite number at the scrums. Made himself readily available to carry ball forward.

Alan O’Connor 7: Some really strong drives and, as usual, he was putting in the work when it came to the defensive effort which so much of this game was about.

Iain Henderson 7: Another quick return from injury and he looked off the pace at times but he ended up making more tackles than his team-mates with 14.

Clive Ross 6: Worked hard during his time on the park on what was an all too rare start. Had made 10 tackles when he made way just after an hour’s play.

Jordi Murphy 6: Did well to win a turnover on Ulster’s line and was prominent at breakdown and in the loose though might have wanted to finish more strongly.

Nick Timoney 5: Won the lineout that led to a penalty and did what he could to be a nuisance at the breakdown. Went the distance for this valuable result.

Replacements

Tom O’Toole (for Moore, 59mins) 6: There was some decent work from the prop.

Kieran Treadwell (for O’Connor, 59mins) 6: He really put himself about with aggression in the tackle.

Sean Reidy (for Ross, 63mins) 6: A welcome return and put in six tackles.

Andy Warwick (for O’Sullivan, 71mins) 7: Not for the first time made an impact and won a key turnover.

Rob Lyttle (for Kernohan, 71mins) 4: Not a lot to do in his nine minutes on the field.

James Hume (for Lowry 73mins) 4: Even less time as Ulster closed it out.

Not used: John Andrew and Dave Shanahan.

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