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Ulster are up and running in the RaboDirect Pro 12, unbeaten after

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two winners out of two. Against Glasgow, we played the high-tempo

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rugby we wanted to play. We were happy to score three tries and get

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the wind. But we were disappointed that we did not get the bonus point.

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We went into that game with high expectations. We were not very

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happy with that game, but we were happy with the win. As a team, we

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have a lot to work on. The test coming up this Friday is huge for

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us. It is an inform Cardiff side, so it will be an exciting game.

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They may have struggled in the heat in it to him last week, but no such

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weather problems tonight. It is a rainy, pretty miserable September

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evening at Ulster rugby headquarters, for Ulster against

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the Cardiff Blues. Welcome to Ravenhill for your regular Friday

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night fix of Ulster rugby life. This is what is on offer for the

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winners this season, the new approach 12 trophy. Here to see if

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Ulster can live up to their championship credentials tonight

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are two former players. There to say no. Have not fired on all

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cylinders so far. Will they need to improve? That is a fair point.

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Every decider strives to improve the week before. Ulster and Cardiff

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have had a similar start to the season. They have had two matches

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against Italian and Spanish opposition. I think both sides will

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find this a much sterner test tonight. It is obviously a big

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opportunity for some of the younger players, with so many of the bigger

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rugby players at the Rugby World Cup. Including Craig Gilroy. Yes,

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never in Spencer is another good a up-and-coming centre. It bodes well

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for the future of Ulster rugby. of Ulster's big new signings from

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down under, Jared Payne makes his debut tonight. He has been lured to

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Belfast by the Ulster director of rugby. He is looking forward to get

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in stuck into it. He has had a chance to look around and get to

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know the players. Hopefully, we will see his performance. Was there

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any temptation to give him an extra week before playing? There is

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always the temptation. If he does not play well, there will be an

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argument that we should have left him. But he has played well and he

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wants to get back in there. Jared is the first of the new players to

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come in. First time at the Jared Payne in the huddle in the Ulster

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dressing room. How big a signing is this the Ulster? - it is another

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very big signing. He comes with high expectations from the Ulster

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crowd here. He is a quality player. He is a utility player, which means

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he can play a number of positions within that Ulster back line. There

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is a lot of competition, but he is a top player. Cardiff have won

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three of the last four games between the sides in Belfast. Both

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teams unbeaten so far this season, so something has to give. Time to

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but it is an awful evening. Cardiff lost both games to Ulster a year

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down here. One of my colleagues from BBC Wales who has been coming

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here for a long time said, but it do anything else on a Friday night

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here except rain? The answer is, very occasionally. Six days ago,

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the Ulster side were basking in the heat, 32 degrees. The weather here,

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alas, is somewhat more inclement. minute's silence in memory of those

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brave Swansea miners who have lost condolences are with the families

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of those Swansea miners who have lost their lives. Tonight's referee

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is originally from Swansea, James Jones. He was here some years ago

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and refereed the final of the World Under 19 championships, played on

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this very ground. Ceri Sweeney looking a bit on the wet side

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already, not surprisingly. So it is two of the unbeaten side in this

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year's Petrov tournament. Cardiff are sitting badly with the extra

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their forwards for this kick-off, keeping their options open on

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either side. Humphreys has been on fine form so far this season.

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Martyn Williams, that great veteran, plays tantalisingly on 99 Welsh

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international caps. That was met with a heartfelt roar of approval

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as Derek pain not only catches the first ball put up to him, but

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catches it with aplomb. Cardiff have given away the penalty. With a

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new guy into a team, you want to have a positive influence on things

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and get involved early. And no better way to do that than to fly

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high in the sky at the first opportunity. We saw Adam D'Arcy do

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this a lot. He has been taking leaves out of the Bryn Cunningham

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rain has just decided to abate very for Ulster. The scoreboard has not

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been troubled. And Jared Payne was not troubled with that Cardiff up

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and under. Took it nicely. He has played most of this season in the

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Ulster got the penalty, but they will be looking for the try. James

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Jones says no more advantages accrued. And Ulster come back for

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what should be a Regulation three points. Impressive start from

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Ulster. They are a team that prefer to play a high-tempo game. Ulster

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are playing in these conditions very well. Punching holes in the

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defence. It was all about recycling the ball, and Ulster have done that

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the Blues last year. Ulster scored five tries in Cardiff and four here

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at Ravenhill. That was better from Humphreys. Both teams are capable

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of playing wide channel rugby. The challenge is for these forward

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packs to provide that platform for Ma'ama Molitika et is the oldest

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Blues. Ulster could get themselves Cardiff were relying on the

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experience in that back-row to deliver. They created a small

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overlap on the right-hand side. Very clever defensive work by will

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be dire. Ulster need to be wary around the fringes as well. Cardiff

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will rely heavily on that experience to get themselves in the

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right places on the pitch. Declan Fitzpatrick on the loose on the

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outside of that scrum. May are against Jerry Cronin from Ulster.

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Stared selection important night. There has been a lot of rain all

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match. Up against Rhys Thomas. The awareness to go on the outside and

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the speed. Not able to link up with Craig Gilroy. An excellent piece of

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Cardiff hooker, Rhys Thomas. He seems to be fine. He captained the

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You can't underestimate what it has on the psychology. They lift their

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heads and see a line-out in the opposition 22. The wind is

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nasty hamstring tear sustained in the penultimate game of the regular

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league season, the last game away misses again. One successful kick

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from three attempts. You would expect him to get that. Maybe the

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wind is bothering more than we really is the danger man. Give him

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too much time and space he creates havoc. In discipline is letting the

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in consultation with the skipper, that he will have a crack at the

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Cardiff posts. It would be like Ian Humphreys to prop this one over. It

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chances. It looked marginal from here. Great deal way with space is

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with Gavin Evans, who may well be going off to get a bit of treatment,

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it seems. That does not look too bad. A bit of a stitch might get

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him sorted out. Dafydd Hewitt, who scored the bonus point winning try

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against Treviso, and a very stop-start nature of this game. A

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few injuries, the pace has been slowed down. When playing into a

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strong wind, you do not mind seeing troubled since the fourth minute,

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when Ian Humphreys popped over his solitary penalty. The last Ulster

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to stay on their feet. Clever kick through by Jared Payne. Then the

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is his 75th game in the lead. -- It looked like the pattern broke

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down for Ulster. Wannenburg was forced to take the ball. Ended up

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somewhat isolated. With a predator like Williams around, there was

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only going to be one result. The scoreboard is not ticking over,

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worryingly for Ulster. He has to be on his best behaviour. If I am not

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mistaken, his mother-in-law is and over from South Africa! Yet again,

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Cardiff under pressure. They managed to secure the penalty.

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Ulster are playing with a strong breeze behind them. You can see the

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assistant referee's flag on this side. Ulster need to do something

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advantage, because Ceri Sweeney was offside. Still playing advantage.

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He is going to have a word with asked you nicely. I will give you

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time. Don't come back at me. James Jones has told the Cardiff skipper

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to have a word with his players, because he is less than happy with

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the penalty count. There was a man offside, and then at the breakdown

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a man came in from an illegal angle. You do not get any extra metres for

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a double penalty, unfortunately. That was a good strike by Ian

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Humphreys. Ulster would like to have been looking healthier on that

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scoreboard. They will certainly want to have some points before the

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half time interval. They will certainly have been frustrated by

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the infringements by Cardiff. They will need to ensure they have

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disciplined for the remainder of second of the season. Fabulous

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support play by Craig Gilroy, who came across the pitch from the

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right wing. You sense every time that Gillray touches the ball that

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cool-headed enough to set it up for excellent try. The men with the

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flags had a little look at each other. Welcome to the House of

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get into opposition territory as quickly as possible. Ulster may

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have got away with it, but the referee is calling them back for a

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more stable throw. Ulster will look to add to that scoreboard. They

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have a tough task when a turnaround at half-time. The referee has

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called them back to take the was delivered to perfection. He

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took advantage of the slippery conditions and skidded in. Six out

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of six in ice skating terms. Ulster back play as been

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superlative in difficult conditions. Witan came in from a superlative

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on the money. Dafydd Hewitt has gone off, so Gavin Evans will

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of bother. Lots of white shirts the try. He has adapted very well

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to the wing position. There are certain technical skills that go

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with that position, but it has been a seamless transition for him.

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Ulster will be looking for another Spence. And a genuine chance for

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ball was out side. It looks like a harsh decision but we're not sure

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Cardiff. The danger man, drawing in two defenders. Releases the ball

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be able to see out this half have dominated the breakdown area

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but it has been Ulster warring more numbers into the area and also

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playing with much more physical presence. They have dominated the

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breakdown. Ian Humphreys puts the ball into touch for half time. He

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opened the Ulster scoring. He missed a couple and we thought that

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would be it. Ulster had other ideas. Two tries within four minutes. A

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fair bit of Cardiff pressure towards the end of the first half.

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It has been a miserable night but Ulster have provided an

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entertaining period of rugby. Craigie Gilroy it has looked very

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lively. Ulster could have been further ahead if Ian Humphreys was

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more accurate with the boot. It has been a physical confrontation.

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Ulster not fazed by the Cardiff pack. Darren Cave finished it off.

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Darren Cave sliding again for the second try. A handsome advantage at

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It has been entertaining. Surprised or not? Not surprised. A very

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excited. An excellent first half. We talked about the performance of

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Ulster from the previous games. Until 33 minutes into it, the

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Ulster team have been disappointed with how Cardiff approached the

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game. They're not challenging. Ulster have not let them play, have

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they? They have controlled possession well. There have been

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very few areas which with conditions like this has been

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impressive. Cardiff have struggled. Ulster will be happy. Jared Payne,

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he could be a bit of a hit. He is settling in well. The Cardiff boys

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tried him out with a high ball. He was very solid. There was a

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resulting penalty. We did not capitalise. What we see is lovely

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play. It is good lesson for kids. Holding the ball with two hands. He

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slips through nicely. Again, Ian Humphreys try to orchestrate. He

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notices the mismatch. The Ulster attack coming up. You could argue

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maybe he kept the ball in hand but with these conditions, it is not a

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bad idea. He is wearing the options nicely. Yes, and he strikes. It

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gives you the option that he can mix tactics. A Craig Gilroy is

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seizing his opportunity well. an absolute star of the future. He

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is a star right now. Every time he gets the ball, there is

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anticipation. He has electric foot work. If he was in an English

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shared, like Jason Robinson, he has lovely dancing feet. He has to

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learn to come up for more depth. He hits a beautiful line. It is the

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He does it light up the crowd. People get excited. Absolutely. I

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could hit Ian Humphreys screaming The guys will coming from depth,

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coming at pace. Fantastic to watch. He looks to off load. He is looking

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for the attacking option every time. Darren Cave missed a lot of the

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season last year. It is almost like a new signing. He took his tries

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brilliantly. Superb. Quality player. A good finish, he shows experience

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by diving early. That move was made in mid- field. The backs have been

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very good tonight. The guys know they have opportunities higher up

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the pecking order. There are some individuals not performing and the

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guys like Darren Cave and Spence, their performance will high-

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standard. It was a three-to-one for a while. Ian Humphreys will be

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disappointed. He has improved. is the nature of the game. He

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controlled it very well. He has been exemplary so far. What we

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think is simple, he missed them. It may be the nature of the new boots.

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He will be disappointed with himself. To be honest, when it

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seemed a Mrs penalties, when he score two great tries, you do not

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miss them as much. A absolutely. But he will be disappointed. He is

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a high percentage goal kicker. He was one of the top percentage

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kickers in Europe last season. A couple of loose kicks. He was sore

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but out in the second half. With the scoreline what it is, hopefully

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we will not rude the misses. Have you been disappointed with Cardiff?

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They have given away too many penalties for my liking. They have

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only got their hands at the break down on a few occasions. Ulster are

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playing a fast tempo game. The pace of the game will sit Ulster better.

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Thank you. Jared Payne is signed with Ulster for three years. He has

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been here for over a week so we thought we would show in the sides

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of Belfast. Gavin Andrews to come on a tour in a black taxi. Ready to

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Why it Ulster and why now? It was a tough decision. I was thinking

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about moving. I thought I might do it now. I do not have any kids to

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tie me down. I met Humphreys in Johannesburg. He did a good job of

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That is the famous New of George Best. This is Queen's University,

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Belfast. It is a nice city. I'm not a fan of the big City. I told to a

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lot of Kiwis who came here. McKenzie was playing rugby for a

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while. He did not say a bad thing about it. Time of his life. We are

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coming to the Belfast shipyard. This is where the famous Ship

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What do you make of the people here? The people are also in

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Belfast. Irish people are friendly as. It is made the transition easy.

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I have heard my name pronounced a few different ways! Slowly but

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Back home, they are so much focus on the rugby team, will be similar

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he? Will it be that forensic looking at how you play? Yes, you

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always get to answer the critics. They support again madly and won

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the best for the team. There are not too many professional teams but

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that is part and parcel of it. They pump your tyres up when you do well

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and do break and when you play badly. We are coming down the

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Ravenhill Road towards the rugby ground. I have seen a few DVDs and

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what not. The crowd looks special. Be get a few chance going. I am

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looking forward to the experience - - they get chanting. What are the

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ambitions with Ulster? Ulster are a good team so I want to make the

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starting 15 week in, week out and perform well. Best of luck. Look

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forward to seeing you up there. I wonder if he paid for the taxi!

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New Zealand's loss is Ulster's game. Yes, he looks like a quality player.

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He has the skills set. It looks like a shrewd signing by Ulster.

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After two under-par performances, Ulster have clicked and will want

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to finish off in style. I think so. They have been asking to be more

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accurate and they have been. The line-out has been functioning. The

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passes have been going to hand. It is something Ulster need to build

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on. It will be difficult given conditions and it is a strong wind.

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Ellese to the rain has stopped. Time for the second half. Sit back

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We are delighted to say that the rain has simply gone away, and the

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wind seems to have eased a bit, which will probably be in Ulster's

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favour. Yes, Ulster may have to play with slightly closer alignment

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in the backs. But given their performance in the first half, they

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will be the team that is coming out with chests pumped up, looking to

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enforce their patterns of play on the opposition. I would be looking

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at a potential four tries and a bonus point. I think the victory is

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the mind of everyone on this Ulster side. Don't reckon on that any

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mantle of skipper. And no Rory Best. In fact, there is a change on the

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Ulster side. Adam D'Arcy has come on. He seems to have come on on the

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left wing. Ian Whitten is there, so there may well be a change

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somewhere. Darren Cave, the scorer of both Ulster tries, has gone off.

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So Ian Whitten will probably move into inside Centre and Nevin Spence

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to outside centre. Ulster will want pressure. It is all about territory

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for Cardiff, with the wind at their backs. They have looked very good

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come scrum time. They will use that platform to try and get an

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advantage, but they do need to be first on the scoreboard. That was

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not straight forward from Rhys Thomas. It was on the Cardiff side

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of that line out. A bit of luck has gone the Cardiff way. This is good

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stuff by the men in blue. They seem pick-up. Desperate times for Ulster

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early on in this second half. They are under a huge amount of pressure.

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Either foot on the line nor the not straight. Ulster will be

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wishing he spotted the one earlier. Michael Pattison, now 26 years old.

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Former New Zealand Under 21 international. Just a year older

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the versa to Teague they have now got within their back line -- the

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front rows to be a bit higher. There were problems a week ago,

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when the referee insisted that Ulster were engaging while standing

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referee spotted the Cardiff knock- on, and Ulster had the advantage.

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as Ian Humphreys has put in in recent seasons. Given the

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conditions and the wind blowing against Ulster, that was an

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exceptional clearance kick. Cardiff do have a bit of advantage in terms

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penalty against Ulster. Henry was not inside the 15 metre line. Or

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rather, he was inside the line, but moved outside it before the lineout

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was effectively over. Some of the Cardiff coaching staff are agreeing

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with the referee, not too far away from here. An Ulster indiscretion

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has allowed Cardiff to get within striking distance of a home line

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win. Ulster disappointed. Not wanting to give away scoring

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opportunities. It is up to now Ulster defensively to deny them the

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in blue when they have the ball in hand. They have made a lot of

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That was a good scrum, a real ball was brought in side from

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outside. But it was fine. It is still a good positional advantage

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realised to his place is up for grabs. He was outstanding last

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season. He has carried bad form into this season. Just showing his

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to go on attack in this second half the lineout. Tuohy is having a

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penalty. That is three or four Chris Henry has given away this

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evening. Ulster had a good rolling Ulster. There may be a late tackle

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where perhaps hoping for a yellow card for the veteran Tongan

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international. But just a penalty for the late tackle on Ian

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Humphreys. Looks like McAllister is Humphreys, who regained his

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composure pretty quickly. Declan Fitzpatrick, having done a good job

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at the Riz head, gives way to Paddy McAllister, who start of the first

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two games of the season. Pat on the tackle might have been hived. --

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not get to that. It was a good clearance kick by Cardiff. When you

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are playing into the wind you have to her work hard. Cardiff have the

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luxury of getting themselves out of are down to 14 men. An opportunity

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now for Ulster. They have the numerical advantage. An opportunity

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a few occasions. Keeping it low, members rushing through. A huge

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captain, Chris Henry. The team doctor is on as well. He is nodding

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for Ulster where Sweeney kicked the breeze at their backs and into the

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breeze. Their placement has been good. The chase has been excellent

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as well. It is placed huge pressure given the possession is a sign of

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frustration and running out of options. We sort Nevin Spence try

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to get on the outside of Laulala. Cardiff coming back on counter-

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successive excellent performance at the line-out. He has been

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aggressive around the pitch, notable last week. You feel Cardiff

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win this game... Ulster have turned it over. Great piece of work by the

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Ulster forwards. Nothing too clever. Ian Humphreys does at the right

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thing. He has been a little awry recently. That was a belter.

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Getting some congratulations from his team-mates. His first instinct

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is to run. When he saw there was, the kick. Ulster will be happy

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defensively they have withstood Kyriacou has gone off. Wannenburg

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playbook. Reaching the defensive line and trying to get the ball

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around the corner with the off load. The notion of the ball backwards,

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Ulster could not hold on to it in the end anyway. Does strike news

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Ulster I using, happy with the execution of the strike moves.

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the Cardiff back row. Thomas Young breath. I wonder what he is saying.

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He caught Casey Laulala. Cardiff were going to go for the penalty.

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Right decision, Ryan? Who they have tried every other means of getting

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points, and it has not worked. They have still got to score a number of

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tries if they are going to get into this game or even getting to 17

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point territory. They have chipped three points out of the scoreline.

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Ceri Sweeney landed that one. 14 points between them. 15 minutes

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remaining. Cardiff's first points of the evening. You would not have

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bet on that happening. Ulster just have to pick up the tempo here. It

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has been a scrappy last ten or 15 minutes. They did not manage to put

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any points on the board when lineout. Ulster have not had much

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opportunity in this second half. Their defence has been excellent,

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but they have not played much of the game down in Cardiff territory.

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I am sure they relish the prospect of getting the ball in hand. It is

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for Ian Humphreys. He was hit by Casey Laulala after the ball had

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been passed. It was very aggressive. He looks to be in a certain amount

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of trouble. He was hit on the side of the shoulder. He has had

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problems in that area before. Jackson has come on. David King has

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called the attention of the referee to that hit. Injury to Paddy

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McAllister. Not sure if there were enough arms in the tackle. That

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could be one criticism you could make. He is talking to Ma'ama

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Molitika. I suspect that Ma'ama Molitika may have taken over the

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Cardiff captaincy. Tito has gone off the field. That was a warning.

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Paddy Jackson has come on for Ian Humphreys. Ulster have not

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increased their score since half- time. But with ten minutes to go,

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slipping away from Cardiff, due to are probably not now in a position

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to press for those extra tries. The first half was all about attack for

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Ulster. Cardiff may still be looking for the victory. They will

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evening by Chris Czekaj, who has half from both teams. Ulster have

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not allowed Cardiff to get into any rhythm, due to the ferocity of

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their defence. They will certainly be very proud of their defensive

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performance in this second half. They have not had a lot of

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possession, but they have managed to keep Cardiff virtually score

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are retaining possession, making life more difficult for Cardiff.

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Cardiff have had a huge amount of possession in this second half. The

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majority of it has been played in Ulster's half, and they have not

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found any way to unlock this Ulster Defence. With players like Laulala

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in your team, you have to give these players a bit of time and

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space, and they have not managed to control of a slippery ball on a

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slippery surface. What a moment it would have been, had he been able

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to control that and score a try on his debut. The referee gave Cardiff

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every opportunity to do something, and when they didn't, he decided

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the advantage was over. Jared Payne may have looked at the mural of

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George Best, but he has not got George Best's footballing skills.

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Some of these players are not blessed with the footwork of the

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this result. Three from three at the start of the season, when they

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are resources have been stretched, due to World Cup commitments.

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Another great effort by Dan Tuohy, who has really been leading the way.

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Ulster have no fewer than nine representatives at the World Cup.

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Adam Macklin has come on. Ulster have now used up their full

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wins is that last season, a number of wins came from Ulster's last

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kick of the game. But these have been assured victories. They have

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not set the world on fire by scoring loads of tries, but they

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will be happy with this start to the season. They have been

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comfortable victories. Paddy Jackson gets his first points as an

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Ulster senior player. Asked to have scored the 17 point advantage that

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they enjoyed at half-time. So a penalty apiece in the second half.

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Not quite the fireworks we saw in the first half, when asked the's

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Darren Cave scored two corking tries. But this wind -- this will

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be Pro 12 win number three, I am severity of the injury to Ian

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Humphreys taking a glass of the Ulster will be disappointed they

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didn't give the crowd something to cheer about in the second half. Ian

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Humphreys looks in considerable pain. He has been the target for

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from the Ulster back line. They dug their heels in. They got through a

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huge amount of defensive work. Ravenhill. A couple of tries from

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Darren Cave, a conversion, two conversions from Ian Humphreys and

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Cardiff came back with 8 Sweeney I hope you did not miss the first

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half because that is where most of the action happened. Darren Cave

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scored two. Ulster it took a healthy advantage. The Ian

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Humphreys and knocked over the penalties that mattered. He was

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targeted himself. Cardiff could only muster a solitary second half

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penalty. Paddy Jackson rounded off a very comfortable Ulster victory

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at Ravenhill. Those two tries the difference. Lets hear from Darren

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Cave. It is precaution wreak. Feeling

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tired at half-time. I think I was due to come off anyway. Legs, arms?

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Legs. Not too bad. The next game is Sunday. I might be available for up.

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The second half? A strange game. We were in front. Conditions were

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tough. I thought we defended well. Craig Gilroy in a moment.

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fantastic tries. I was on the end of both of them. Craig, some are

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dainty Crystal for you. You picked a we left off last year? Yes, along

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pre-season. Did to get back into it. It has been good. Did it click in

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the back line in the first half? felt like it did. Jarryd is great

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to have. He has only been here for a week and a half. He has had a big

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influence. He is bringing skill and leadership. He is giving us tips.

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Brilliant southern hemisphere rugby to us. There was not much ball in

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hand. It is great to get the win. Three in 3. It is frustrating in

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the second half. It was a bit scrappy. It was a good game.

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more against the Ospreys? Definitely. He is awarded man of

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the match although Darren Cave scored two tries. He was in the

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running for a. When someone goes off at half-time, you don't expect

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it. Gilboy it was particularly good in the first half showing skill and

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endeavour. A star of the feature. He uses his feet very well. He

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recycles the ball quickly. In the second half, he had to catch the

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ball. I thought the second half was fair. Craig could have been given

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Darren Cave to kiss tries well. He says he must be fit for next week.

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-- to look his tries. It is hard to know until medical staff look at

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him. He got on the end of two tries. His work rate is high. His fitness

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levels of good. He runs very deep. He is a smart rugby player. He is

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Darren has a history of hamstring problems. Let's hope not. Lets hear

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from Brian McLaughlin. Your wife has been telling you to

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smile more on TV. Very much so. We are happy with the result. We

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played some great rugby, two smashing tries. In the second half

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we lost our way a little bit. We were not ruthless enough with the

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ball. To win at home against Cardiff, we are happy. The players

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talked about high-tempo rugby, is that coming-together? I think so.

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The work it is paying off. A couple of set-piece tries which were top

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draw. Excellent work. Jared Payne is coming in. His first game, nice

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game? Always good to get a win. Some great scores in the first half.

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The boys played awesome. It was good fun. And the Raven experience?

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Good to see team participation. Three wins out of three. Three wins

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but disappointing this second half did not live up to the first half.

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They have a quality outfit here. That will be frustrating. They do

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not want to wish they had a bonus point. But is the level of

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expectation. Especially after a comfortable first half. Had used

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some of the second? It wasn't pretty but it happens all the time.

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A strong first half, exciting first half. We are egging them on but

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very often it does not happen. The conditions did not help. A lot of

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enforced changes which means it disrupts the flow of the game.

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Thank you. More rugby coming up on BBC Northern Ireland. Next up for

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Ryan McLaughlin will know that was a wasted chance for Ulster. Watch

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how we get on next week against Ospreys. The game is like. 4:30pm.

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You can see that on the BBC sport Do you think there'll be an outcome

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with the Ian Humphreys? Hard to know. One of those big centres, Ian

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Humphreys re across the pitch to give a pass. They get excited and

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one to hit him. There is a strong possibility it something will be

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Stephen Watson is at Ravenhill to present live coverage of Ulster against Cardiff Blues in the third round of the Rabo Direct Pro 12 League. In the corresponding fixture last season Ulster scored four tries to gain a bonus point win over the Welsh opposition. Jim Neilly is joined in the commentary box by former Australian international Ryan Constable.


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