Match Centre: Glasgow 13-19 Ulster

John Cooney kicked two conversions
John Cooney kicked two conversions
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Glasgow 13-19 Ulster, Scotstoun Stadium

Ulster managed to survive a late try from Aki Seiuli as they edged out Glasgow Warriors 19-13 in a thrilling encounter at Scotstoun Stadium.

This is 11th win for Ulster in 12 games as they consolidated the second place in Conference A table while Glasgow are positioned fourth in the table.

Glasgow handed Leone Nakarawa his first start of the year while Ulster had starts for John Cooney and Stuart McCloskey after they were released from Ireland squad.

Ulster had a chance to open their account early when Marcell Coetzee went over but could not quite ground the ball. After 35 minutes of deadlock, Glasgow got the first points with a penalty kick from Adam Hastings.

However, the Irish side responded almost immediately when Ian Madigan intercepted a pass allowing James Hume and Cooney to set up Michael Lowry over the line just before the interval. Cooney kicked the conversion as they had a lead of 3-7 in the opening half.

Coetzee, who was injured did not come for the second half before Hastings with his second three-pointer in the 51st minute reduced the gap between the sides to just one point.

Craig Gilroy looked threatening and eventually managed to score Ulster's second try down the right with a dive in the 55th minute but the conversion from Cooney went wide. Ulster extended their lead further when Nick Timoney dotted down in the 63rd minute at the back of a line out maul but this time Cooney improved it making it 6-19.

Glasgow were given a chance as Ulster were forced to play the last five minutes with a player less following sin-bin of Mathewson for a deliberate knock and they managed a try through Aki Seiuli but in the end Ulster managed to complete a six-point victory.

Team line-up:

Glasgow: Jones; Tagive, Fergusson, Johnson, McLean; Hastings, Dobie; Kebble, Matthews, Pieretto; Gray, Nakarawa; Harley, Gordon, Wilson

Reserves: Stewart, Seiuli, Rae, Scott, Ioane, Kennedy, Thompson, Smith

Ulster: Lowry; Gilroy, Hume, McCloskey, Lyttle; Madigan, Cooney; O'Sullivan, Andrew, Moore; A O'Connor, Treadwell; Timoney, Murphy, Coetzee.

Reserves: McBurney, Warwick, O'Toole, Izuchukwu, Jones, Mathewson, S Moore, Faddes

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