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Ulster v Zebre: Luke Marshall leads the way, but how did the rest of the team rank in our player ratings?

Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee goes up against Zebre’s Carlo Canna (INPHO/Oisin Keniry)
Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee goes up against Zebre’s Carlo Canna (INPHO/Oisin Keniry)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ulster made it four wins out of five in the Guinness PRO14 as they downed Zebre 22-7 at Kingspan Stadium.

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Here's how we rated the Ulster players in the victory:

Will Addison - 5

Struggled in the early exchanges and was subbed off injured inside the opening quarter, which will be a real concern ahead of three big games coming up

Louis Ludik - 6

Always solid in everything he does and this display was no different, will hope his latest injury does not keep him out for too long after a good start to the season

Matt Faddes - 5

Is likely not used to these conditions coming from New Zealand, but was guilty on more than one occasion of spilling the ball while on attack, but did make his tackles

Luke Marshall - 7

Continues to go from strength to strength as Ulster's go-to man in the back line and make a couple of excellent line breaks to get his side into dangerous positions. Deserving MotM.

Robert Lyttle - 7

Lightning quick feet and pace to match, Lyttle was always keeping the defenders honest and capped a fine return from injury with a beautiful weaving run in the first half

Bill Johnston - 6

Did very little wrong but didn't exactly stand out on his first home start with Ulster, although his kick to the corner for Lyttle's try was inch perfect when it needed to be

David Shanahan - 6

Solid from scrum half and ran a couple of perfect supporting lines from Marshall line-breaks, as we know he is well capable of, but didn't do enough to seriously challenge Cooney

Jack McGrath - 7

Carried the ball more than in previous weeks while adding a brilliant display at the set-piece, with his powerful scrummaging a particular high point of the game

Rob Herring - 6

Was busy in the loose in a usually effective display around the park, particularly with ball in hand, but struggled to connect with his men at the line-out on occasions

Tom O'Toole - 7

Another long leash for the young prop, who was prominent in the loose yet again but added a big performance in the scrum to back it up in a strong overall display

Alan O'Connor - 5

Line-out was a real source of weakness throughout the game and was ineffective in carrying, but did a good job by tackling at a high rate as per usual

Kieran Treadwell - 6

Had some really strong carries in the tough conditions, getting Ulster go-forward ball, although was culpable on a few occasions at the line-out like his lock partner

Matthew Rea - 6

Making his fifth start in a row, the Ballymena man didn't disappoint with one of his best carrying displays of the season so far, dove-tailing well with Coetzee

Nick Timoney - 5

Still working his way back from injury but was fairly anonymous throughout compared to his back row partners, with Zebre getting plenty of purchase at the breakdown

Marcell Coetzee - 6

Not quite as effective as in previous weeks, even if he was as frequently utilised, wasn't as good with ball in hand and slipped off a couple of tackles, including for their try

Replacements

Craig Gilroy (for Addison, 17 mins) - 6

Called in early and was solid

Sean Reidy (for Timoney, 52 mins) - 6

Nearly had a try

Angus Curtis (for Ludik, 52 mins) - 6

Really exciting cameo

Sam Carter (for O'Connor, 55 mins) - 5

Fairly anonymous again

Adam McBurney (for Herring, 72 mins) - 5

Won one line-out

Kyle McCall (for McGrath, 72 mins) - 5

Not on long enough

Ross Kane (for O'Toole, 72 mins) - 5

Not enough time

John Cooney (for Shanahan, 72 mins) - 5

Got his milestone

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