Scarlets 24 – 17 Ulster
Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin admits there is plenty to work on but remains in a positive mood with some tough games on the horizon…
McLaughlin was reasonably happy with his team’s performance in the first half: “We started well and scored a penalty and maybe could have scored a try in the early periods, but the Scarlets put us under a bit of pressure before half time. We thought we defended exceptionally well, we counter-rucked brilliantly twice during that period but unfortunately the ball spilled out and they scored under the posts. It was a real fluke of a try but it’s one of those things.”
He continued, “In the second half the Scarlets came at us again but we clawed our way back to 16-14 and we put ourselves in a position to possibly win the game. But a defensive error let them away. We’re disappointed not to win it but at least we got a bonus point in the end. Credit to the boys for fighting to the end. The conditions were very poor for both sides which didn’t help either.”
McLaughlin acknowledges there are a few things for his squad to work on if they are to end this losing streak against an in-form Connacht at Ravenhill next Saturday. “We’ll have to ensure we are in the best position possible to get a result against Connacht next weekend. They are playing exceptionally well; they haven’t had many players at the World Cup so they have continuity and are a settled side. Their league position highlights that. It’s not going to be easy but hopefully with another week behind us we can improve on our kicking game and our attack.”
Speaking on the return of six World Cup players, he said: “It was great to get the lads back in and give them some game time. Hopefully bringing Stephen (Ferris) and Rory (Best) into the equation next week should help even further.”
Game is all over. Scarlets take the points.
Humphries replies, a much better second half
Newton with the insurance score from a penalty
Time is running out now for Ulster, need another converted try
Warren with a try for Scarlets
Now we have a real game, it took it’s time to warm up!
Trimble with a try for the visitors
Humphries replies with a penalty,a try in it once again
Ulster could have done without conceding that score
Thomas adds another penalty for Scarlets
Humphries scores a penalty just as we speak, Ulster needed that
Not looking too good for the visitors here as time ticks on
Ulster need to get back into this game soon
Second half is underway here
Thomas has led the way for his side with 8 points
The Irish side look in trouble here in Wales
Williams scores a try for Scarlets and Thomas converts
Scarlets just about deserve to be in front here at the break
Fans will be glad to see the end of this half, never really got going
Thomas again with the score
Scarlets take the lead with second penalty
The two scores have come from mistakes and resultant penalties
This game has yet to really get going as we approach the 30min mark
Aled Thomas ties the scores
Low scoring contest here with just over 15 minutes played
Ulster doing well in these early stages
Humphries gets the visitors off the mark with penalty
Slow start to this game,both sides trying to get a hold
Game is underway here in Wales.
Ulster will be looking to avoid a third successive defeat in Wales today when they make the trip to face the Scarlets. The recent form book is on their side having achieved an historic double last week, a feat they achieved for the first time.
Scarlets: 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 6 Rob McCusker (capt), 5 Damian Welch, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Rhys Thomas, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rhodri Jones.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Phil John, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Richie Pugh, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Daniel Newton, 23 Scott Williams.
Ulster: 15 Simon Danielli, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Nevin Spence, 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Chris Henry, 7 Mike McComish, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (capt), 3 Declan Fitzpatrick, 2 Andi Kyriacou, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Nigel Brady, 17 Paddy McAllister, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Robbie Diack, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Darren Cave, 23 Adam D’Arcy.