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Ulster v Scarlets

Stephen Watson introduces Pro12 action as Ulster play host to the Scarlets, having been left red-faced on their recent visit to Parc y Scarlets. Jim Neilly commentates.


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It has been pretty painful to watch Ulster in the PRO12 recently. They

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have lost five of their last six matches. Tonight they'd take on

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Scarlets. It is trying time for the coach, Brian McLaughlin who

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welcomes back some of his bake players.

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We all have a raven hair like playing there. We love the place

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and the atmosphere. Hopefully that can give us the boost on Friday

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night. Can Ulster get their season back

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contract as marketeers Ulster they gaze the Scarlets live at Ravenhill.

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On this freezing cold night, the fans are hoping else they can turn

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up the temperature. There is a big month off matches ahead and it is

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make-or-break time. You aren't sure some times we just a team is going

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to turn out. The use although a win against Clermont Auvergne and then

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lose to Glasgow. They have been a bit up-and-down, a bit emphatic. I

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hope they will win tonight for a start every game is important and

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and more so tonight to get them on the good flutter into the New Year.

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If the players are fit we have a good chance. And it's going to win

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tonight? A yes! Let's hope so. Welcome to Ravenhill

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on this cold Friday night. Kick-off is just a few minutes a wave. We

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will have some half-time entertainment. Tonight, Nevin

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Spence puts as firmly in the picture. Here in the studio tonight

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Ulster are struggling to find their form. You would hope it would be an

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Ulster Wayne better the Scarlets have got some players missing as

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they have been called up to play against Australia for Wales

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tomorrow. Ulster had been very unfortunate with it a lack of

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accuracy. They will be looking to put in a massive performance this

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evening. Will December define the Ulster season? It has to be one of

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Have been struggling for form. They have been missing out on games just

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slightly. This is a massive month for them. Three wins on the trot

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here and they could be back in the top five. There is no crisis yet

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but it is time to deliver. They are posted tonight with the bake name

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players. A win by one point or two., is when. We will have to win these

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and get the ball is poised to qualify for Europe. If we don't win

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this evening the cracks in confidence will become chasms.

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Afoa les back. He has got a nice haircut as well. Cutting out the

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mistakes that Ulster have been making the past few weeks is going

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to be key. It is interesting this week they said they were worried

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about making mistakes a man was impacting on their performance.

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When you get to that stage, you confidence is low and a skill set

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stars to drop. It is the final pass, the half yard. They are forcing the

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plays. This evening they have been told to go out, play rugby, enjoy

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ourselves. A-night for Ian Humphreys to try to control the

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game against that stall what, Stephen Jones. He has been a bit

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erratic. He has put his own hand up and is not waiting for people to

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tell him how bad it is. He has got the right players around him this

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evening. Do you think Ulster need to make a statement this evening?

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What they have tried to do it is played too wide and too flat to

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early. They need to get into position and get their points. They

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need to start building their confidence by getting the points.

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Many thanks. Ulster array hard team to beat at home. They have only

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lost once at the Ravenhill in the last 12 occasions. Let's go over to

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but Stephen Jones is very much a tonight. Phil John has been around

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forever. Johanne politics the hand of the Ulster mascot. -- Joanne

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for -- from the trip to Glasgow. Paul Marshall in his 42nd

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Jones gets the game under way. Not the best start for Ulster and that

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is the sort of their rare that they would hope would be eradicated. --

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shirts. I think we should still you believe it? Oesophagus try in

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the world. It was given a wave. Glory best locks thunderstruck.

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Sean Lamont can not believe his job they must be playing into a

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huge wind. They're running from their own territory and a simple

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pass given away, gifted to the Scarlets. The perfect start for

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them. Coming and then with as simple interception. The pass was

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by Stephen Ferris. But it could be Pedrie Wannenburg. It has been the

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most awful of Ulster starts. That receipts from the kick-off and

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the reason it was messed reflected intercepted try and a try by Sean

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Lamont. His remains coming back from France to play with Glasgow. -

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familiar pattern of keeping the judge. -- that was called. A clever

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little break and some good hands. You thought Craig Gill Wright would

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have used those magic feet. -- Craig Gilroy. The Scarlets are

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clear what they're doing, kicking everything in their half. They're

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packs. I hope they will put that to in field and I don't think it will

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go bed. Yes, it does. You don't see Stephen Jones making too much

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mistakes like that will stop Andrew Turnbull must have had on a piece

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of thread. It looked like the perfect kick and it took that

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little bows and kept rolling on. That is the indication of how

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strong the wind is here. It is going to be a huge factor in

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determining the outcome of this game. Stephen Jones with a nice

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normally reserved for the outside- half. The scrum is not a very tidy.

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Most of the players have gone back to being clean-shaven after growing

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beards in the November. Stephen Jones is trying to equalise numbers

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Gareth Davies came around a little too quickly. He is playing his 25th

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game for the Scarlets. A chance for Ulster to get back some of the

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points they conceded in the opening part. The last couple of scrums

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have been in the ascendancy. A first opportunity for points coming

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from that. They have to make sure they get the set piece Boulez's

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Rite tonight. -- the set piece rain coming down it is blowing into

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the face of Ian Humphreys. He has kept it low. Off the post of. It

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went outside. It remains Ulster, of the wind. That was well taken by

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Adam D'Arcy. This time the penalty goals against Ulster. Andrew

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Trimble penalised for coming in from the side. There are some

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excellent ethereal skills on display from Adam D'Arcy.

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Unfortunately, Ulster were not able to secured possession. Daniel Evans

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had a good kicking game against Ulster in the opposite Match at

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Parker mark. Ken Owens takes it very good kick. We were impressed

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with Daniel Evans the last time we saw him. He had an outstanding game.

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Andrew Trimble showed some composure on the ball which has

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been missing from Alistair's play. They need to make the break and

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recycle the ball and look for initial knock forward was by Craig

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Gilroy. Paul Marshall has been making a positive contribution. He

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is really shining now with this having a word with his assistant on

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referee. He has a sympathy for the game. Instead of blowing the

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whistle and a restarting it, he gives the Scarlets an opportunity

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gone. The Scarlets have ripped the That was a good kick by him.

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Outstanding stuff. He is looking very focused tonight. A bit bemused

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by the Scarlets's tactics. They are running around in their own half

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and they're not taking strategic also billeted glance to the left by

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Gareth Davies. Phil John are correctly. A lovely pass. Phil John

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makes great ground. They set up Lou Reed. Here is the flying machine.

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Willie get in? He is. Catastrophic for the home side. That brought him

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all the way from the southern hemisphere or. A couple of tries in

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the opening quarter of this game. The home side's season is starting

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to unravel put it this is how you finish. An outstanding finish.

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small gap created. On the outside break before the ball was delivered,

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then some ft per -- foot work and power. They went to a number of

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phases and manipulated the defence. The Scarlets, when they are playing

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this kind of rugby, are a different sort of proposition. Only 22 years

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of age. He has played for Tonga in the recent World Cup. You can see

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why they have bought him. He is half the size of Sean Lamont but

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scoring tries like that, he is just as popular. Not a great start by

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the home side. You can see the overlap being created by going to

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the players. It is important for the home side to understand they

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are playing into the wind for the bid to be at their backs in the

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second half. It is a case of damage Scarlets have made this secure. If

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ever the home side have to stand up for themselves, they have to do it

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Wallace but he is a big strong A bit of relief. They are sure the

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backroom team will be glad of that. The home side are on the scoreboard.

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He judged it very nicely for the bid was not easy. The perfect

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strike and the perfect result. Still a lot for the home side to do.

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A couple of Scarlets men in front. They cannot consider the option of

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receiving the kick again. Or they behind the scrum. Interesting to

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just forward. It has to come at some stage. Ulster can't keep on

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winning so much ball and not do anything with it. We saw the

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importance of Stephen Ferris to this team. It was his surge that

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got Ulster over the advantage line. They have to capitalise on it. They

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have to break through that defence and throw-in that pass to achieve

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that. Unfortunately it went forward. Scarlets have had two chances and

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He was born in New Zealand but is a recover from that. A bit of a shunt

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Ulster. Phil John was offside. I was good work between the referee

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little bit of juggling their by Ian Humphreys, are matters not a

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backache. It gives Ulster a decent field position. Ulster and not a

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head on the scoreboard but they have kept possession. They need to

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be in control of possession. Unusual for a game to have been

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played this much in the opposition half given the strength of the wind

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Ulster are playing into. There will be no consolation given the Scots.

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made contact with the ball. At a forcing the issue too much? It was

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a very successful tactic first up it is difficult to do in these

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conditions, the long pass. That has invited the Scarlets back into

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Ulster territory. This is not where Ulster want to be. A every time the

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Scarlets have got themselves into best possession -- position on the

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pitch they have tended to score. is frustrating for Ulster. Tonight

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the intensity looks to be there. All players are getting over the

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advantage line and creating friends football. Just the execution in

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those crucial areas where the creator the overlaps, that composer

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and accuracy on the ball needs to come for Ulster.

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A gaggle of camera men behind the Scarlets posts. I wonder if they

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possession from a line-out that is going to be a Ulster scrum.

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haven't had a lot of ball a what they have had, they have used

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creatively. They're trying to play the game on their feet. They

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offloading before the tackle and through the tackle. That is how

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they managed to penetrate That was a terrific kick by Evans.

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Excellent appreciation of the space behind the team at. Just a little

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chip kick. This is what you feel the Scarlets should do once they

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get possession in their own half, go... A yellow card. The Scarlets

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will play the rest of this first half with only 14 men. Ulster must

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capitalise. Marshall spotted that opening on the fringe and exploited

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it. It has a bit frustrated not to get the pass back. We have asked

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for us and composer on the ball. Maso identifying these days. Craig

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Gilroy not throwing that pass. The penalty comes. Offside and

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has come off a Ulster player and it will be a Scarlets line-out.

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Questionable whether the kicking option was a pre clause. It is one

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of those once you have to kick along the ground when you play into

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a wind like this. Ian Humphreys would have been looking for a

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better return than that. - Marshall. He was off so quickly

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there was nobody there. Stephen Jones with the tackle. There is the

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Scarlets line, surely they must score. Ferris goes himself. Ulster

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get their first try of the evening. It has taken them nearly 35 minutes.

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It was Stephen a Ferris. Paul Marshall has single-handedly

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inspired Ulster to the hides they have achieved. This ceiling pace on

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the outside with a clever little chip kick. Marsalis at to provide

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the service and Stephen Ferris charges over. It's all started

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within their own half. Excellent execution by Ulster.

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Paul Marshall has been in sparkling conversion to come. It is it a

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difficult one. The rain is starting to come down. It is fine and

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consistency. This is a breeze as This scoreboard looks much better.

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We can't forget Ulster is playing into this heavy when did it up they

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will be looking forward to the second half so they can use their

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kicking game. The fact they have managed to a rope that Martin will

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be very pleasing to the coaches. A lot of positive has to be taken

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can get along the surface. There they go. Out to Stephen Ferris. He

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few errors have prevented them for that but all of a sudden it now,

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you have Stephen Ferris and they are dominating. They feel like

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will be very sore. He will need ice and that during the interval.

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have done very well to dominate in replacement. Iolo Evans is only 19

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couple of minutes away. The Arras, seasons are won and lost.

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This first half is one of missed opportunities. They have made more

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clean breaks but they have not been able to capitalise on those. A

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couple of forward passes but the Endeavour and the ambition is

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certainly there. They need a bit of possession -- precision in their

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play. He will be the warmest chap Well taken by Andrew Trimble. Where

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Scarlets have scrambled and scrape their way up. They will be more

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pleased about that. That was the half-time whistle. The referee

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getting in on the early side. Ulster had a poor start. They went

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behind for the opening quarter of the game. There have a strong wind

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at their backs in the second half. They must do something with this

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were the season will look on the road beside. But his half-time. --

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It is half-time. A pretty miserable night weather Wise. If you were a

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couple of minutes late, you missed the Scarlets's opening try. Things

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were not going right for Ulster. Then the visitors raced in for

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their second try of the evening. There were a lot of concern to

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people at Craven Hill. But Ian Humphreys kept the scoreboard

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ticking over. Eventually, Paul Marshall was the real spark.

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Eventually, Stephen Ferris took the lead for Ulster -- brought Ulster

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A horrendous start to get off. Compounded by the fact we are

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trying to go from Our Own Line. Character-building stuff from

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Ulster. To go behind by two tries. The team were already lacking in

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confidence but they showed some real character. That is probably

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one of the most positive things they can bring back in the second

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half, the positivity. The wind is very strong. Accuracy pence to be a

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key word. There were a couple of cases for that they missed a couple

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of tackles and opportunities. They have put themselves under pressure.

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The conditions are quite atrocious. A couple of minutes in, the worst

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possible start for Ulster. started from a poor restart for

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Ulster. It just went on from there. We just have this ability to not

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quite get out of these own. You can just see the body language of

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players. Hour align their again has been committed served upon. We need

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to address the heart and put ourselves back two or three metres.

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If the ball is not where it is we They are all running across the

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park. Some of these need to hold the defence up. If it is easy to

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defend, it is a little too easy for this level of rugby. The imprint of

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Stephen Jones on this match has been exceptional. Ulster do not

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have a player of his quality. There are frustrating the defence and

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finding the weaknesses. A good patient build-up. Very patient. All

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credit to them. A lovely step. They sit out and you can see them

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building it up. Excellent finish. It did feel at that point that

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Ulster could have been in danger of unravelling at that point. It is

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not just about talking about it. We have seen some players are in

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exceptional form. Paul Marshall has been exceptional in the last few

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management of the game. He is that at his best. He is explosive

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and he has a fantastic execution. If you watch his work-rate, he goes

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down. He is up and makes the perfect pass to set the game away.

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He also has a Ruan Pienaar sitting on the bench breathing down his

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neck. You may find him coming on at Number 10 for the second half.

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may be a distinct possibility. They like to get him on the park. It

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could be a good combination it would be interesting. Ian might get

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a little bit of a kick in the back if they did that. They are playing

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in strong wind conditions. The accuracy has not been there. It has

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not worked tonight. Ulster seemed to be at their best when they are

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going forward at pace. When they slowed down they are at sixes and

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sevens a little bit. Paul Marshall came back on to his feet. The point

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of contact and the ball away from the breakdown has been good.

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player was keen to prove to us that rugby is an art form. It is clear

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that talent and flair grans in the I have never painted portraiture

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before. I am not sure if it is the correct term. People know who they

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are and what they look like. You have to make them recognisable. It

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has been a challenge for me. You are going from a photo. You have to

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work from that and see what comes out. I try to get my own style and

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technique. It is not a photo image. It is not necessarily an exact

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replica but as long as you can recognise them, that is what you

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want to get. It is the action and movement and the passion and energy

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I like to think of myself as an She said she was going to make

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something and I was not sure what to expect at the start. When she

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finished I was pleasantly surprised. I was not going to say I was

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delighted because I didn't want to The energy she puts into this work

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shows the energy the guys have to put into their game. This is why

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I would rather be in the studio and I did say I was pretty talented and

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I think it comes through. I am pretty happy with it. Red is the

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colour of all sorts of emotions. You can take anything you want from

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That last one cost about 50p! This one costs a lot more! That was the

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time when I had a lot more hair. Now, back to rugby. What did Ulster

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need to do to win here in the second half? Do they need to do

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more with the opportunities they have? Given the conditions, they

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will play down memorial end. Hopefully they will be a bit more

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accurate. We need to finish these opportunities. That is what a good

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side can do first up we know that we can create and finish. We have

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got to believe in ourselves. For as the Ulster team get ready to leave

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the dressing room, they know this is an important 40 minutes of rugby.

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They need to put their marker down before a two bay European games.

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is a big month. They need confidence going into next week, we

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have to win it. It is as simple as that. Confidence for a when? Yes. I

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think we will win this match. Ulster 15 back-up at. What a season

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it has been for Paul Marshall. He has played excellent Heineken Cup

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games. He was terrific last week against Glasgow. He is the little

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catalyst that has helped Ulster tipped stay in touch with the

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Scarlets who started like a house on fire. Scarlets are still at down

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to 14 men, Daniel Evans is still in the sin bin. This way and is

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picking up a bit and it is behind Ulster. It is having to manage to

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these conditions. The referee blows his whistle Elloway we go. Two

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Paul Marshall. He is going through the repertoire

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this evening. The last few weeks we have been

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impressed with the quality of his passing, his box kicking and game

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management. Tonight, we are seen that sparky brings. He is dangerous

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around the fringes first up he is enjoying his evening.

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Daniel Evans is that on the field for the Scarlets. Iolo Evans has

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was high. The referee is still playing Ulster advantage. It is

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going to be a penalty anyway. Whatever, Ulster and going into the

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going to be another sending off. was any malice, to is a highly

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illegal tackle. That would have taken a lesser mortal's head of!

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Pleading his guilt saved him from further sanctions. Ulster are

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Ulster in the lead for the first time in this game and all based

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certain there seems to be a lot more smiles on the Ulster

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supporter's faces. The fans want to see passion, they

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want an honesty about the performance and they have had

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spades of that in the game. If the execution is matched by it, we

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could see a lot of scores -- points knocked forward by the Scarlets.

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End error-strewn period. They have got themselves another penalty.

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It looked as if there was a knock- on at one point. Barren cave seize

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that was interception. By chance now for Ian Humphreys just to

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down, Ulster have scored 14 points without reply from the Scarlets.

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Just how all still would have envisaged this second half. They

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need to play their way out. When the opportunities come through the

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agency of Ian Humphreys boots for those points, just accumulate those

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points. No rain but the wind is holding the

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and the first half. David Humphreys just about a recognisable. He looks

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nice and warm. Difficult to legislate the bounce

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of the ball. As we saw for the first half of the Scarlets, just a

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rolling on. It is early on in this half. First of all, it is defensive

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Scarlets and it is going to be a team that scrum.

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Excellent work by Nevin Spencer got that hit on around the ball-

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carrying arm. A forced the Erics the error. Ulster will have the

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benefit of this wind now. replacement coming on for the

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are Jonathan Edwards is coming on. underneath.

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The conditions are starting to worsen. You don't want the wind at

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your back. Ulster have been in the ascendancy and the scrum, they are

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winning their collisions. But they will be looking to ram that home

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other because of the next 30 minutes. It is checking it down now.

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The turf is starting to cut up a little bit, not surprisingly.

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Ulster can not in any great rush to these Ulster forwards, having done

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going to be their line-out. When you have that when that your back

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you have to make sure you apply the your own 22 before the defensive

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line starts to creep. In part of the UK they is going to be some

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water shortages! Basic come here. - Nick Ryan Mills try to make up some

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very unfortunate. A little bit too much on it. It will be a Scarlets

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scrum. They would have been happy to stay at 14-10 up. Inevitably, it

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rolled over the touchline. They will be looking for another

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opportunity. They are looking for it when they are in the ascendancy.

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An awful night here. The Scarlets have only six of the starting 15

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they have slightly overcooked. is a welcome proposition to take

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with the wind at your back. A but they will be happy that they are

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now ahead. It they will be looking to ram that home. Iolo Evans goes

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off, he was the replacement. It looks like a couple are coming on

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for Ulster. Tom Court has gone off. Dan Tuohy has been immense today.

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He is destructive and the get over He's built it in the tackle. They

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will have to come back to the knock-on. A little bit too

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ambitious. That was a beautiful bit of passing. You can see why Stephen

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Jones is one of the top number 10 say in world rugby. He takes the

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ball to the line and assesses his options. Ken Owens is extremely

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mobile. A wonderful tackle by Adam Scarlets supporter. I cannot think

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of anyone else who would be wearing a daffodil. But he is wearing it

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with pride and he seems very happy. No. 19 Damian Welch has come on.

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Any Phillips has come on as well. - This is a game Ulster desperately

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need to win full that they have a lot of tough game is coming. They

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referee said there was nothing wrong with that. Phillips took on.

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Ulster could have done with holding on to that ball. Deacon Manu is

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With the wind behind them, Ian Humphreys may think about a pop at

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the posts. The referee is signalling for that to be the case.

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They have shown excellent discipline and they are starting to

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skipper he does not need help to When he does find de suite spot,

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there is nothing sweeter for the home crowd. For the Scarlets will

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win this game, they need more than a converted try. That was a

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terrific strike by Ian Humphreys. Iestyn Thomas has come on. Ulster

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Ulster's territory if they are to allow all the Scarlets back into

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the game. Any drift will allow them a sense back to get back into this.

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There are smiling at the moment but will they be smiling in 20 minutes?

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forward. The referee does up Christmas. He has played

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exceptionally well. He communicates well with the players and get a

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crowd get in behind a their side. - was not going to do anything silly.

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There was no point in trying to play the ball or kick it into touch

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as that would have conceded can -- possession. This is based around

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tactical kicking. They will take the opportunities where they come.

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A huge cheer greet the arrival of Ruan Pienaar. -- greets the arrival

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not many occasions when Ruan Pienaar comes on to replace a

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player and you see it has to escalate. He was a real talisman

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for Ulster last season. It is good Can you put a price on this fellow?

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He is immense. He is the full package. He has the pace like a

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wing. He has power and when those two elements combine, he is

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virtually unstoppable. The dummy and the train smash. An absolute

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sight to behold. You can hardly blame people for not wanting to

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make contact with him. He dished out and turned into a train with no

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were worried about Ulster. But the rest of the season would look after

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itself. I think this is a good return.

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A very mature response by Ulster. The guys in the studio said that

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the team acquired when. If they stick to the pattern, they could

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score more. The Scarlets have made another replacement, this will be

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Gardiner and has leapt. -- has players on that was a decent

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example. Look up their confidence that extra cushion has given Ian

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Humphreys. That was his best kick to touch all evening. This will

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give Ulster a little bit more licence, a little bit more freedom.

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a little bit better than stop -- Brian McLaughlin.

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The players intensity has shown where the sea place is. -- where

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White. Good style, good offload but now was nudged forward by Paddy

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there. -- miss in communication flowing game. It has been an

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entertaining evening for the Ulster Ulster are 10 -- 14 points to the

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There was a thump in the face bite Jonathan Edwards. End unsettle

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replacements coming on. Paddy Jackson will not be 20 until the

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against Glasgow last week. Adam Macklin comes on. They have used

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this game. They will be looking fun And that has to be the short tests

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they have any a replacement this year in any game. Less than a

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minute and Adam Macklin is off. The referee had given a warning does

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beforehand he had come on the field about slowing the ball down. He was

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not be warned about things especially when the referee is as

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astute as this one. A converted try would close the gap for the

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Scarlets will stop they could have a pressures losing bonus point.

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Ulster would want to deny them that -- Ulster have given away the

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penalty. Our Steven Ferris. It halted any

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initial penalty. You can't really see from their if Adam Macklin was

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on his feet. He might have been doing something naughty the touch

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They have got to squeeze a penalty try out of this one. The referee

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has given them another penalty. They're going to do the same again.

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If it is a penalty try it will be a seven pointer seeing that it will

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be awarded under the posts. Scarlets are one of the teams in

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contention for the second or third spots at the end of the season.

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Somebody in the Ulster at Croke disengaged from the scrum. -- back-

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the try. If this is converted, the Scarlets it could have the best man

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will have the bonus point. They could do something better than that.

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They have managed to secure a at least the start of that one point.

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It was Foley clumsy. The penalty arm was out. Just going over the

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player there. A bit of confusion for team at.

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He slept ended the arms of Stephen Ferris. Stephen Jones adds the

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extra us. All of a sudden, it does not look rosy for Ulster. They are

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capable of winning this game but the Scarlets are within seven

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points of winning this game. Four give youth its head but sometimes a

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little bit of inexperience gives away bits of possession like that.

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I was a good hit in the mid- field. It is perfectly executed. That is

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what has caused the turnover on this occasion. Set nicely, drop

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down and driving in through the tackle.

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Losing the possession has given the Scarlets the scrum and they have

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Error upon error and Ulster are doing their best. They are giving

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the Scarlets a drawn. A 14 point margin, they thought they would

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enjoy themselves and the last 10 minutes. But they are looking a

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little bit nervous at the moment. They have a seven-point buffer now.

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This is no way you want to be in the last four minutes of the game.

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The Scarlets have put up a terrific throwing everything into the attack

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Well taken by Adam D'Arcy. He hit that long. That is a good kick by

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Adam D'Arcy. Andrew Trimble is a legging it up there. The last

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minute of the game. A we do not know if they will be time for the

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Scarlets to rule anything more. Adam D'Arcy back in the starting

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position. He has had a very good Trimble. He runs into Iestyn Thomas.

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It is just a case of putting a into here and give the Scarlets have a

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ensure it the points were in the bag. Ulster and made it a nervy and

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ending. From 10-0 down. They would be happy in with the performance.

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They had a triumph with a couple of tries that but the league campaign

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back on track at the start of December. They will be playing

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Leinster on Boxing Day and against Munster the day before New Year's

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Eve. Relief for the fans as they managed to win this game and see of

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the Scarlets but that it was very Muller leading his team to victory

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even though he did it his -- the hard way. The Scarlets team were in

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form. Ian Humphreys put the first points on the board for Ulster. He

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kept them in touch. There was no stopping Stephen Ferris. Ian

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Humphreys then gave -- Ulster the That pretty much sealed the win for

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Ulster. The Scarlets sneak over for a late score. Ulster back to

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winning ways. The final score at It was not flawless but it was a

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crucial victory. They wanted to get the victory to build upon for next

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week. There was some excellent phases of play and then there was

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some stuff they will have to work upon. A more clinical second half.

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It is never easy playing with the wind on your back for that they did

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exceptionally well for the bid was not the best performance but as we

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said at the top of the programme, all we wanted was to get a win. Job

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done. Stephen Ferris was man of the match. A barnstorming performance

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by the big man. He takes two or three of the opposition for that he

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plays exceptionally talented football. That was fantastic.

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winced at that stage. He has great feet and he has strength. He is

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very clinical. He keeps pumping the legs when he goes into contact. He

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is a powerful man. He is able to take the ball away from the

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opposition. The ball is then presented for the scrum-half. He

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always seems to make ground Andy does not give the ball away. He has

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physical power. That comes from a lot of training. The they were

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definitely more clinical tonight. There were more clinical but

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they're also creating stuff. One of these days, it will click for them.

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Let us hear from the man of the How significant a win was tonight?

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We took the foot of the gas in the second half. They kept putting

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pressure on us. We learn from this. We have shown that even in these

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difficult conditions we can play rugby. They are a good side and

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they are very clinical. But with the wind and our back in the second

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half we played some good rugby. I carried the ball well all night.

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Are you a happy man? Yes. We got the win. We did our job in the

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first half and we played well. We gave them a couple of soft scores

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which was disappointing. We also had one eye on next week. A

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sometimes, when you do that, a you can end up giving away point. We

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have won at home again and there are lots of things we have to look

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at in the performance. That critic is to next week and we can build

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again and take on I only again next week. -- A or me. We have to win

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that one and then we will see if we can get to Christmas with another

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couple of wins. How much pressure do that lift off Ulster this

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evening? Be needed to get a win to increase confidence in the squad

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for that it is interesting. They brought them wholesale changes.

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They may have to work on some of the fundamental errors. They have

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made a lot of changes with six or eight minutes to go for that you

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can see the dynamics of the team has changed. The seemed to come on

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with too much enthusiasm at the wrong time got the bit can upset

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the balance of the thing. They can say they played well but they lost

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the last 10 minutes. The there was no Paddy Wallace tonight. Darren

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Cave made a great start? He reacted quickly such as here when the ball

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went loose. Sean Lamont cover their. He has an eye for a break and he

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takes on. He seems to be the guy who is on the loose ball first.

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Defensively, he is strong. He is tenacious. You can see it in

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defence. Spence is strong. To ride the last tackle like he did, that

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was fantastic. Here had a presence of mind to what was going on around

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him pulled up how many times did you see a young Brian O'Driscoll

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doing those things? That lifts the team got there they see young boys

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like that coming in not afraid of being hit. What happens next week

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at the scrum-half position? It is very hard. He controls matters. The

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game was almost over when Ruan Pienaar came on tonight. But Paul

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Marshall is doing well. We should keep power on form players in.

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Marshall is playing at the top level. He has learned and it has

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helped his game. They will be a big shout for him. Ian Humphreys was

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much better with the boot tonight. That is one part of his game and

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they were many parts which were not particularly sharp. His decisions

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were poor. It was not just quite happening. He is a complex player.

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He started to find his rhythm later. He just feeds off and everybody

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feeds off him. Thank you very much. We will have to stop their I am

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Stephen Watson presents live coverage of the Pro12 game as Ulster play host to the Scarlets. After being left red-faced by defeat at Parc y Scarlets, Brian McLaughlin will hope that fortress Ravenhill is a winning venue for his team.

Former Australian international Ryan Constable joins Jim Neilly in the commentary box.


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