Ulster player ratings: John Cooney leads Ulster to PRO14 victory over Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium
Ulster made it three wins from their opening four PRO14 matches with a nervy 23-14 success over Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium on Friday evening.
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So how did the individual players fare? Here are our match ratings:
Will Addison 6: Will be delighted to be back after so long out, threatened to break out with some magic moments but never quite hit his stride
Craig Gilroy 7: Was always contesting kicks in the air and got his silky footwork going at times, although maybe not as much as he would have liked
Luke Marshall 7: Backed up display against the Kings with another big one here on both sides of the ball, unlucky to be the fall guy for repeated infringements
James Hume 5: Made one big carry, but that ended his night just two minutes in. A cruel blow for the young centre, who has been so good so far this season.
Louis Ludik 7: Very strong in the air and made some excellent defensive reads as the visitors pressed. A very solid performance, as per usual.
Billy Burns 7: Continues to grow into role as first choice fly half and backed it up with a nice try, and continues to improve his relationship with Cooney
John Cooney 8: His unfortunate mistake for the try aside, this was an excellent display, headlined by some exceptional box kicking
Jack McGrath 6: Struggled at scrum time and was rarely used as a ball carrier in the loose, but was strong defensively in putting himself about the park
John Andrew 6: The line-out was solid and he added a couple of nice carries, but was part of a scrum going backwards and missed a couple of tackles
Tom O’Toole 7: A robust display from the tighthead, who was always a danger with ball in hand and held his side of the scrum well
Alan O’Connor 7: Ran an effective line-out and stood up in defence with some big tackles in a strong first-half effort before being brought off early on
Kieran Treadwell 6: Tackled well, but his usual barnstorming carries weren’t on display and had a fairly anonymous game in the loose, which wasn’t like him
Matthew Rea 6: Wasn’t as prominent as would have hoped. Had one nice carry in the build-up to the second score but was in and out of the game.
Sean Reidy 7: Another strong performance for the openside flanker, who set up the opening score and had some excellent carries in another busy display
Marcell Coetzee 7: Continues to underline his importance to the team with another all-guns-blazing performance. By far the most important ball carrier.
M Faddes (for Hume, 3 mins) 6: Performed well
E O’Sullivan (for McGrath, 50 mins) 5: Busy in loose
S Carter (for O’Connor, 50 mins) 5: Difficult display
A McBurney (for Andrew, 59 mins) 5: Scrum didn’t improve
N Timoney (for Reidy, 59 mins) 6: Some energy
R Kane (for O’Toole, 66 mins) 6: Did well
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