How they rated

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT -

BRUCE HOUS­TON: He had to make way when McBur­ney was binned and rarely got the ball go­ing for­ward. A few wob­bles.

IWAN HUGHES: Made one neat burst in the first half but his op­po­site num­ber was a hand­ful all evening. 5 STEW­ART MOORE: Showed his siege gun boot on one oc­ca­sion and got in­volved when­ever he could, show­ing his great strength.

JAMES HUME: Took on the man­tle of be­ing the back­line’s fo­cal point but spent a lot of time hav­ing to de­fend. 6 ANGUS KER­NOHAN: Hardly got many touches on an aw­ful night for wingers and was mostly de­ployed de­fen­sively. JOHNNY McPHILLIPS: Kicked all three con­ver­sions but would have wanted to be more prom­i­nent in the game. 6 JONNY STEW­ART: There were some neat touches but he then shipped a heavy knock and was gone just af­ter half an hour. 5 SCHALK VAN DER MERWE: A rare sight­ing, he had the up­per hand in the scrums and did some de­cent car­ry­ing as well. 6 ADAM McBUR­NEY: Got the first two tries off mauls but then the skip­per was yel­low-carded. Did okay af­ter that. 6 TOM O’TOOLE: Scrummed well and put in his usual high work rate and kept it all go­ing un­til vir­tu­ally the end. 7 MATTHEW REA: First game back since his ban and had to play lock. A rea­son­able shift too, full of ag­gres­sion.

ALEX THOMP­SON: Took some use­ful li­ne­out ball and he also put in a de­cent night’s work at the coal­face.

JOE DUN­LEAVY: Worked hard but only got 40 min­utes. Won a turnover but put a ball out on the full. 5 MAR­CUS REA: The hard-work­ing flanker was re­warded with Ul­ster’s third try of the evening when he smashed through fro­ma­maul.

GREG JONES: The main fo­cus at the li­ne­out, the Dubliner kept him­self go­ing as a hard-graft­ing ball-car­rier. 6

SUBS:

Gra­ham Cur­tis: (for Stew­art 32mins) Zack McCall: (for Hous­ton 34-44mins and for McBur­ney 72mins) 5 David McCann: (for Dun­leavy half-time)

5 Pe­ter Cooper:

61mins)

Michael Stronge: (for Hughes 74mins) JJ Mc­Kee: (for Thomp­son 75mins) Cor­rie Bar­rett: (for O’Toole 79mins) Not used: Ben McCaughey

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Rat­ings by Michael Sadlier

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