Ulster ratings: How did the players fare in PRO14 victory over Scarlets?
Ulster's 15-13 victory over Scarlets got their PRO14 campaign off to a perfect start over the weekend.
But how did the inidividuals perform?
Here's Michael Sadlier's take:
Ulster player ratings v Scarlets
Will Addison 7: Looked really sharp on his competitive debut and was dangerous every time he got the chance to run with the ball before suffering a knock.
Craig Gilroy 6: Very keen to get running, making more ground than any other Ulster player, but was frustrated at apparently being blocked several times.
Darren Cave 7: A solid game and combined well with McCloskey. He was joint top tackler with Nick Timoney on eight hits while also producing neat passing.
Stuart McCloskey 7: On one occasion it took at least three defenders to halt him and was Ulster’s top ball-carrier. He also made off with the man of the match award.
Henry Speight 6: Took a while to get into his competitive debut. Nearly put Addison clear and there was also a late break though Ulster lost ball at breakdown.
Billy Burns 8: Another PRO14 debutant, he looked pretty sharp and had quite a few neat touches. Put in some tackles though missed a late touch-finder.
John Cooney 7: Won’t be happy with his missed tackle on Patchell, but held his nerve for the last-gasp winning penalty, his fifth from seven.
Andy Warwick 5: Did primary job and was there to make some tackles when Scarlets players thought they had mismatches in the defensive line.
John Andrew 6: Not easy coming up against Ken Owens, but was there to help stop him scoring a second half try. Performed his basics in a game fast and loose.
Tom O’Toole 5: Made one early shuddering hit and went on to win a scrum penalty too before having to go off early following a clash of heads with Steff Evans.
Alan O’Connor 5: Usual industrious self but will be disappointed that he was unable to secure a late attacking lineout just when Ulster were turning the screw.
Iain Henderson 8: Return to action was busy with some good work at the lineout and energetic ball-carrying. Decent shift which will have impressed Joe Schmidt.
Marcell Coetzee 6: First competitive game in a year saw the South African smash into contact when he could and the tank was emptied when he left before the hour.
Sean Reidy 5: Difficult task up against James Davies, but he performed reasonably enough without being as high profile as his fellow back-rowers.
Nick Timoney 7: Did well to prevent Ken Owens from securing what seemed like a certain Scarlets’ try, and was joint top tackler for Ulster with Darren Cave.
Ross Kane (below for O’Toole 19) 6: Great burst for final penalty
Adam McBurney (for Andrew 54) 6: Nailed one vital turnover
Eric O’Sullivan (for Warwick 54) 5: Tackled well on PRO14 debut
Chris Henry (for Coetzee 54) 5: Tough time at the breakdown
Angus Kernohan (for Addison 54) 6: A livewire cameo on PRO14 debut
Kieran Treadwell (for Henderson 64) 5: Quiet enough but put in some tackling
Subs not used: D Shanahan and A Curtis.
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