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Ulster player ratings: How the stars performed in Euro victory at Scarlets

Ulster's Jacob Stockdale scored the first try of the night.
Ulster's Jacob Stockdale scored the first try of the night.

Ratings by Michael Sadlier

Ulster's finest performance of the season earned a stunning victory at Parc y Scarlets on Friday evening.

But how did the individual players fare? Here are our ratings:

Starting XV

Louis Ludik 8: Solid and tidied up well at the back. Took one great high ball in the second half and produced a super try-saving tackle on Evans.

Henry Speight 8: Time with Ulster is nearly up and produced his best performance. Scored a try and was largely great in defence.

Will Addison 9: A horrible start, but his passing and ambition shone through again and his break set Stockdale up. Then came a great try.

Ulster's Will Addison touches down for his try.

Stuart McCloskey 8: Strong as usual. He came so close to scoring in the lead-up to Coetzee’s bonus point try and then won the penalty to seal the victory.

Jacob Stockdale 8: His first chance and what does he do? Scores of course from what seemed an unlikely position. Also helped create Speight’s try.

Ulster's Jacob Stockdale runs in a try despite Gareth Davies and Steff Evans of the Scarlets.

Billy Burns 8: The first half intercept was scary but he did so much else right. An assist for Speight for that impressive score. He also put in the hits.

John Cooney 7: His first half penalty was rather too ambitious in the conditions. A difficult night for kicking but gave Coetzee an assist.

Eric O'Sullivan 8: Some really good work in the tight and put in an enormous shift defensively to get Ulster this vital result.

Rory Best 9: He worked so hard. His drive off a maul helped in the lead-up to Speight’s score and he was in the thick of the action. Won a crucial penalty too.

Marty Moore 7: One first half scrum showed that Ulster had a clear edge and like his team-mates the defensive work was strong.

Iain Henderson 9: Set tone early with a great turnover and his strength was central to Ulster’s cause. A massive effort in the tackle zone and carried so strongly.

Kieran Treadwell 7: One dummy and break but a knock-on in contact. But the second row also played an important part in this win and in shutting Scarlets down.

Sean Reidy 5: Used as a lineout option at the front, he went in too high and was floored. The result was a penalty against Ulster and the flanker’s early departure.

Jordi Murphy 8: Aggressive defensively, prominent around the fringes but there was one knock-on. When it came to knocking red shirts down, he was immense.

Marcell Coetzee 9: Always visible in the tackle zone, the Springbok won a huge steal on the ground and secured the bonus point try. Stood tall for this one.

Ulster's Marcell Coetzee scores their fourth try of the game.


Nick Timoney (for Reidy, 24) 8: A great break in the lead-up for Coetzee’s score.

Rob Herring (for Best 69) 7: Helped secure this vital result with his energy.

Tom O’Toole (for Moore 69) 7: Another who gave everything for the five points.

Johnny McPhillips (for Burns 75) 6: Not on long but stood up to what was thrown at him.

Not used: Kyle McCall, Mattie Rea, Dave Shanahan, Darren Cave

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