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Last Updated: Friday, 12 September, 2003, 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK
Ulster hammer poor Glasgow
CELTIC LEAGUE
Ulster fly-half Adam Larkin is bottled up by the Glasgow defence
Ulster (17) 33
Tries: Frost, McWhirter, Stewart
Pens: Larkin 4
Cons: Larkin 3
Glasgow (6) 6
Pens: Howarth
Dg: Moffat
Att: 6,500

Ulster 33-6 Glasgow

Ulster claimed a comprehensive Celtic League victory over a disappointing Glasgow outfit at Ravenhill on Friday evening.

Coach Alan Solomons had demanded a massive improvement on Ulster's dreadful display in their opening defeat by Swansea-Neath Ospreys.

To their credit Ulster delivered although the Glasgow challenge was disappointing to say the least.

Ulster got off to a great start with summer recruit Rowan Frost bursting through for a fine try after six minutes which was converted by fly-half Adam Larkin.

Calvin Howarth missed a 14th minute opportunity to reply for the visitors when he pulled at 35-metre penalty just wide.

However, Glasgow continued to press and Stuart Moffat opened their account with a 25th minute drop goal after the Ulster line had been threatened.

By that stage the home side had lost centre Ryan Constable with Seamus Mallon replacing the injured player.

Larkin put seven points between the teams again on the half-hour but Calvin Howarth quickly struck back with a penalty for Glasgow.

Ulster coach Alan Solomons
Alan Solomons' Ulster side produced a much-improved display

However, the Ulster pack produced another great drive in the 34th minute which concluded with skipper Andy Ward crashing over for a try.

Larkin's conversion extend the home lead to 17-6 and there were no further scores before the interval.

Ulster took a firm grip on the game after the break and with the contest being played exclusively in Glasgow territory, Larkin was able to add two further penalties to extend the home team's advantage to 17 points.

The Ulster fly-half added another penalty in the 64th minute against a Glasgow team which appeared to have run out of ideas.

Ulster continued to dominate in the closing minutes and Shane Stewart produced a fine break to claim the home team's third try in the 77th minute.

Larkin's conversion brought his personal tally up to 18 points.

His scrum half partner Kieran Campbell was arguably even more influential for the winners.


Ulster: B Cunningham; J Topping R Constable, S Stewart, S Young; A Larkin, K Campbell; R McCormack, M Sexton, R Moore, M Mustchin, R Frost, A Ward, N McMillan, T McWhirter
Replacements: P Shields, B Young, M McCullough, N Best, R Spee, S Mallon, T Bowe.

Glasgow: S Moffat; J Steel, G Morrison, J Naufahu, R Kerr; C Howarth, K Sinclair; E Murray, S Gunn, M Proudfoot, A Hall, N Ross, C Mather (capt), D Macfadyen, R Reid.
Replacements: S Lawson, L Harrison, R McKay, P Dearlove, G Beveridge, A Bulloch, S Lamont.

Referee: N Whitehouse (Wales)




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