Late show keeps Ulster’s play-off hopes alive
PRO14 CATCH-UP MATCH REPORT: Nick Timoney kept Ulster’s hopes of a place in the PRO14 Finals Series alive with a dramatic 36-15 bonus-point try in the dying minutes of their win against Glasgow Warriors.
It leaves them four points off third-placed Edinburgh in Conference B, meaning they need to get another bonus-point win against Munster next week and hope the Scots don’t get the one they require against Glasgow.
The odds may be against them but Ulster will be delighted they have a chance after Timoney’s late try to complete a superb win.
John Cooney led the charge with 16 points, while there was also a try for Sean Reidy – while Glasgow’s Callum Gibbins and Fraser Brown also crossed.
The win also keeps Ulster’s Champions Cup qualification hopes alive, as they now move six points clear of Benetton Rugby – securing them a play-off with Ospreys.
It all started so well for Ulster, with Cooney hitting an early penalty before the scrum-half got the first try of the match.
With a scrum in an attacking position, the No.9 spotted a gap and ran through Glasgow’s defence off the back of the set-piece.
Jean Deysel was forced off through injury shortly after before Finn Russell got Glasgow on the board.
The Scottish side are already assured top spot in Conference A and they showed why minutes later when Gibbins got on the scoresheet.
Cooney added two more penalties to keep Ulster ahead at halftime but Glasgow closed to within a point when Brown got their second try of the night.
But Ulster re-opened that lead shortly after with Timoney getting his first of the match after strong work from Ireland duo Stuart McCloskey and Jacob Stockdale.
And just a few minutes later, their pressure told again as Reidy crossed after some fine work from the Ulster forwards.
With their lead secure, Ulster set about getting that all-important fourth try – and they got it in the nick of time when Timoney bundled over.
Tries: Cooney, Timoney 2, Reidy
Cons: Cooney, McPhillips
Pens: Cooney 3, McPhillips
Tries: Gibbins 2
Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny McPhillips, John Cooney, 8 Jean Deysel 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Nick Timoney, 5 Iain Henderson (c), 4 Alan O'Connor, 3 Ross Kane, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Andy Warwick,
Replacements: 16 Rory Best, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Tom O'Toole, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Clive Ross, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Angus Curtis, 23 Tommy Bowe.
Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lelia Masaga, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Callum Gibbins (c), 6 Rob Harley, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Siua Halanukonuka, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Alex Allan
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Matt Smith, 21 Henry Prygos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Nick Grigg
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Helen O'Reilly (Ireland)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)