Glasgow Warriors 17 – Ulster Rugby 9
Tries: Nathan Troy (1)
Penalties: Weir (3)
Drop goals: Weir (1)
Penalties: Humphreys (3)
Glasgow Warriors bounced back from the Heineken cup defeat to Leinster as they made it five wins on the trot in the Rabodirect Pro12. Duncan Weir was the hero for Glasgow as they denied Ulster a losing point in a scrappy affair at Firhill, the 20 year old kicking 12 points including a drop goal 2 minutes from time.
While Weir was the hero for Glasgow his opposite number at Ulster Ian Humphreys endured a night to forget, missing three penalties from six as Ulster poor run of form extended. Brian McLaughlin’s men have now just one win in their last six games.
Glasgow went ahead in the fourth minute through the boot of Weir who rather inappropriately set the scene for an evening of poor kicking with a superb kick from the touchline. The former Celtic trainee making the most of the opportunity after Ulster had let slip possession an attacking position through some poor passing, Johann Muller the man at fault in the lead up.
In a forgettable match that had very little moment of flowing rugby Ian Humphreys bought Ulster level almost mid way through the first half however Glasgow were soon back in front through Weir’s second penalty of the day. A late tackle from an Ulster player giving him the opportunity to kick for the posts and just minutes later he got the chance to put Glasgow six points ahead after Ulster were penalised for obstruction.
The Ulster line out was all over the shop with the decision to rest Rory Best looking ill advised with every passing minute with His replacement Andi Kyriacou was struggling to make an impact on the game.
Ulster had the chance to make it a three point game on the stroke of half time Humphrey’s effort sailed well wide and Glasgow went in at the break 9-3 ahead.
Ulster came out in better shape for the second half and two penalties from Humphrey’s in the opening 12 minutes drawing them level.
Ulster should have moved ahead in the final stages of the game as Glasgow wilted however Humphrey’s missed with both efforts and against the run of play they were punished.
Firstly Nathan Troy finished off a flowing move, exchanging passes with David Lemi to cross over the line.
Weir missed that conversion however he made amends two minutes from time with a superb drop goal to move Glasgow into unfamiliar position of pace setters, level on points at the top with the Ospreys and Leinster.
Ulster meanwhile slips to eighth in the table.