| 8.2°C Belfast

Ulster v Bath player ratings: Addison and Baloucoune star as Ulster seal place in Champions Cup quarter-finals

 

Close

Robert Baloucoune scores Ulster's second try.

Robert Baloucoune scores Ulster's second try.

©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Robert Baloucoune scores Ulster's second try.

Ulster got there in the end. It wasn't as straight forward as it once might have looked the the province are through to European Champions Cup quarter-finals.

They rubber-stamped their last eight spot with a 22-15 win over Bath in Belfast but how did the individuals fare?

Starting XV

Will Addison 8: Some nice early touches and though he spent time off for a cut to the head, his return was marked by a try and wonderful assist for Baloucoune

Robert Baloucoune 8: Delicious off-load to Addison and looked on his game for most of the game with tackles, breaks and kick-chases all figuring before a few errors later on

Luke Marshall 5: Shot up at one point and consequently missed a tackle. Some of the passing wasn’t quite top notch and would have wanted more threat going forward

Stuart McCloskey 6: Wanted to show Andy Farrell he was wrong and was closely marked by Bath who hit him hard. A great line and pass helped create Addison’s score.

Jacob Stockdale 7: Beaten by the bounce for Bath’s first half try, he had two spells at full-back and lots of involvement some good and some not quite so. Nice assist for Addison

Billy Burns 7: The head-to-head with his brother Freddie was interesting but not conclusive. Mind you, the Ireland squad member did kick a vital penalty after Cooney had gone

John Cooney 7: Pushed off the ball early on leading to the yellow he was then targeted again this time by Ross Batty leading to the sending off. Usually part of Ulster’s good work

Jack McGrath 5: Put in nine tackles but wasn’t too visible around the park and the scrums were, well, attracting the wrong sort of attention. Not a vintage afternoon for him

Rob Herring 6: Another crooked throw at a key moment when Ulster needed to put Bath away. Though very industrious in an 80-minute effort, the scrums were also not pretty-looking

Tom O'Toole 4: The Ireland squad member received some early attention during the game and then shortly after a scrum penalty had been called he was called ashore due to an injury

Alan O'Connor 6: He was smashed in one tackle and maybe as such his ball-carrying wasn’t such a big feature. Ten tackles though but, again, the lineouts weren’t accurate enough.

Iain Henderson 6: Had a forward pass called on him late on after Treadwell had got over. Other than that, this was a grind with most of the skipper’s work done in defence.

Sean Reidy 7: A workhorse as usual, the Kiwi put in an immense amount of work around the field and ended the game having made 14 tackles, just three shy of Coetzee. 7

Jordi Murphy 5: Underhill appeared to win the battle of the sevens and most of Murphy’s game was spent knocking Bath players down rather than appearing in space or winning turnovers.

Marcell Coetzee 7: Unstoppable that close to the line for the game’s first try, he made 11 carries and 17 tackles. There were two turnovers as well to add to the package. 7

Replacements

Craig Gilroy (Addison 13-24 and 52) 5: Very little chance to shine

Ross Kane (O’Toole 26) 5: A rare appearance and a struggle

Nick Timoney (Murphy 55) 6: A few decent hits

Eric O'Sullivan (McGrath 55) 5: Some scrum issues

Kieran Treadwell (O’Connor 60) 5: Lucky not to be binned

Dave Shanahan (Cooney 72) 4: Not huge impact

Not used: Adam McBurney and Bill Johnston.

Coach

Dan McFarland 7: Shorn of Marty Moore and with Tom O’Toole injured early, the scrums were dicey enough as indeed were the lineouts again. Still, two seasons here and two European quarters.

Belfast Telegraph