GLASGOW 16 ULSTER 14
Ulster suffered heartbreak in the PRO12 semi-final as Finn Russell’s conversion two minutes from the end gave Glasgow Warriors a 16-14 victory and denied Neil Doak’s men a home final at the Kingspan Stadium next Saturday.
Ulster got the prefect start as Iain Henderson won the kick-off and drove deep into Glasgow territory the forwards drove on through a couple of phases before Glasgow were caught on the wrong side and Ruan Pienaar slotted over the resulting penalty.
Glasgow were level on five minutes after Roger Wilson failed to roll away at the breakdown and Russell landed a penalty.
Glasgow took the lead on 13 minutes when British Lion Stuart Hogg landed a penalty from just inside his own half after Callum Black was punished at the scrum.
Ulster flanker Chris Henry got the game’s opening try on 19 minutes.
The visitors worked the ball through a number of phases with Henderson and Ricky Lutton prominent, the ball was spun wide and Paddy Jackson fed Louis Ludik and the full-back drew the last defender before releasing Henry to go over in the corner – but Pienaar was off target with the conversion.
Ulster nearly got their second try when following a slick handling move Ludik was held up over the line.
From the resulting five-metre scrum Ulster conceded a penalty but went in at half time with a 8-6 lead.
Pienaar got the first points of the second half on 55 minutes when he landed a penalty after Glasgow infringed at the scrum.
Following a sustained period of pressure in the Ulster 22, Russell nudged over a penalty from in front of the posts after Rory Best failed to roll away.
Pienaar restored Ulster’s five-point lead with a penalty from a tight angle and just inside the Glasgow penalty.
DTH van der Merwe levelled the scores with three minutes left when after waves of pressure they worked an overlap and the winger scored on his last home appearance, with Russell winning the game with a conversion from the touchline.
Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Richie Vernon, Peter Horne, Niko Matawalu, Finn Russell, Henry Pyrgos, Ryan Grant, Fraser Brown, Rossouw de Klerk, Jonny Gray, Al Kellock (capt), Josh Strauss, Chris Fusaro, Adam Ashe
Replacements: Pat MacArthur (Brown 20), Gordon Reid (Grant 45), Mike Cusack (de Klerk 53), Leone Nakarawa (Kellock 20), Ryan Wilson (Fusaro 40), Duncan Weir (Matawalu 78), Sean Lamont (Horne 70), DTH van der Merwe (Seymour 67)
Ulster: Louis Ludik, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Darren Cave, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Callum Black, Rory Best (capt), Ricky Lutton, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson
Replacements: Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick (Black 72), Bronson Ross, Robbie Diack (Stevenson 77), Sean Reidy (Henry 77), Paul Marshall, Stuart McCloskey (Cave 77), Michael Allen