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Ulster v Glasgow: Timoney double helps Ulster to bonus point win and at least Champions Cup play-off spot in PRO14

Ulster 36-15 Glasgow

By Adam McKendry

Ulster have earned a bonus point try over Glasgow to seal at least a top four finish in the Guinness Pro 14's Conference B.

Nick Timoney notched the last gasp try to add to his early score while John Cooney and Sean Reidy also touched down as Ulster made it three wins in a row for the first time since September.

Ulster now sit just four points behind Edinburgh and could still steal a PRO14 play-off place. Edinburgh host Glasgow in their final match next weekend.

Ulster have at least secured a Champions Cup play-off spot regardless of their result away to Munster next Saturday.

This was also a night to say goodbye to departing heroes as retiring stars Tommy Bowe and Paul Marshall played their final games at Kingspan Stadium, as did the departing Charles Piutau.

It was all Ulster to start the game and they were rewarded when John Cooney put over a fifth minute penalty before then sniping over from the back of a scrum for a try to give them an early 10-0 lead.

But Conference A winners Glasgow weren’t going to lie down and, after Finn Russell landed a penalty, captain Callum Gibbins crossed for a score and they had another Alex Dunbar effort chalked off by the TMO.

Instead, Ulster led at the break as Cooney fired over two penalties, but the Warriors struck back five minutes after the restart when Gibbins got his second try of the game from a driving maul.

Ulster took control of proceedings, however, through two quick tries as they put the result to bed, first Timoney crossed for his first of the game in the corner before Sean Reidy added a try by spinning over the line.

Fly half Johnny McPhillips added a penalty for the hosts to put them two scores ahead, but it looked like that elusive bonus point might be just out of reach only for Timoney to save the day.

The flanker crossed in the corner with the final play to secure at least fourth place in Conference B, much to the delight of the Belfast crowd, who then showed their appreciation for the departing trio on their final lap of the pitch of the season.

The scorers

For Ulster

Tries: Cooney, Timoney (2), Reidy

Cons: Cooney, McPhillips

Pens: Cooney (3), McPhillips

For Glasgow

Tries: Gibbins (2)

Con: Russell

Pen: Russell

ULSTER RUGBY: (15-9) Charles Piutau, Louis Ludik, Luke Marshall (Tommy Bowe 69), Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny McPhillips (Angus Curtis 73), John Cooney (Paul Marshall 40); (1-8) Andrew Warwick (Kyle McCall 54), Rob Herring (Rory Best 62), Ross Kane (Tom O’Toole 62), Alan O’Connor (Robbie Diack 77), Kieran Treadwell, Nick Timoney, Sean Reidy, Jean Deysel (Clive Ross 16).

GLASGOW WARRIORS: (15-9) Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones (Nick Grigg 31), Alex Dunbar (Peter Horne 67), Lelia Masaga, Finn Russell, Ali Price (Henry Pyrgos 62); (1-8) Alex Allan (Ryan Grant 72), Fraser Brown (George Turner 67), Siua Halanukonuka (Zander Fagerson 40), Tim Swinson (Greg Peterson 62), Scott Cummings, Rob Harley (Matt Smith 67), Callum Gibbins, Matt Fagerson.

Man of the Match: Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)

Here's the game as it happened:

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