GUINNESS PRO12: Successive bonus point home wins has Ulster on the rise

Ulster  Sean Reidy scores a try while tackled by Glasgow Warriors Brian Alainu'uese
Ulster Sean Reidy scores a try while tackled by Glasgow Warriors Brian Alainu'uese


Ulster climbed to fifth place in the Guinness PROI12 with this deserved home win over the former champions Glasgow.

Successive try scoring bonus point wins saw Ulster leapfrog the Scots into fifth place in the standings as well as reduced the gap between them and fourth place Scarlets to four points.

Ulster scored ?? tries in all, building onm a 15-5 lead to go on and get the job done.

However, it was the bonus point securing try in the 52nd minute which stood out and is sure to be a try of season contender.

Glasgow’s Mark Bennett looked to be racing in for a try, but Tommy Bowe made a great tackle and the ball was spilled.

Ruan Pienaar gathered and ran it out of his ‘22’ before Peter Nelson raced down the right flank. Bowe them made ground into the Glasgow ‘22’ before Luke Marshall fired ball left and even with Craig Gilroy wide on the left Pineaar pinned back the ears and raced clear.

In the first half tries from Bowe and Sean Reidy, plus a Pineaar penalty and conversion sent Ulster into a 15-0 lead before the Scots hit back just on half time with an unconverted Ben Thomson try.

Ulster dominated most of the second half and another penalty from Peinaar extended the lead before a lovely try from Jacob Stockdale brought Ulster into bonus point range.

Then came that bit of magic from Pienaar and Ulster looked home and dry.

Glasgow rallied with two tries from lock Scott Cummings and they were in bonus point territoriy themselves.

But Ulster were to have the final say when Stockdale scored a fine individual try. His grubber kick bounced up perfectly for him and he raced in for the final try of the day. Pienaar added the extras to complete the scoring at 37-17.