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URC Friday Wrap – Cardiff and Ulster start with wins

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The Emirates Lions started the tournament off with a great bonus point win in the early game on Friday, beating Zebre 38-26.

There was two more games on the night with Cardiff who hosted Connacht and Ulster welcoming Glasgow.

Connacht started the game well and got the scoreboard ticking first with a penalty by Carty who gave the visitors the early lead 3-0.

Cardiff had to overcome tow injuries on their way to take a convincing win at the end of 33-21 to open their campaign with a bonus point win.

They loss Priestland and Evan within the first 21 minutes with number nine Lloyd Williams taking over at ten to complete the match for the host.

The home side tries came from a double by Owen Lane with Amos, Halaholo and Belcher chipping in to seal the win. Connacht got tries from Jack Carty and a double by Kieran Marmion.

After the penalty which gave the visitors the lead, Williams send Amos over for the first try of the match. Connacht came back and got Marmion over for their opening try of the match.

Cardiff was good on attack throughout the match and despite the disruption at ten. Tries went a begging Turnbull and Harries which gave Carty another shot at goal which he did not miss.

It was the brilliance of Tomos Williams who made a great break to send Halaholo over.

That gave the home side a 14-13 lead at halftime after Williams slotted the conversion.

Williams, the third 10 on the night also got a facial injury but was able to continue as Cardiff running game started to give them the rewards. It was Lane that got over for the home side with Williams again getting the conversion over.

Carty kept Connacht in the match with the boot as he slotted his third penalty over. Cardiff spilled another possible try just before the they loss Davies to a yellow card. Connacht then had two of their players joining him in the sin bin. With Carty and Hansen in the bin, Cardiff took advantage of the one extra man with Williams secure Lane second try of the match.

That gave the home side their bonus point.

Cardiff got their fifth try when Belcher got over before Marmion claimed a consolation try for Connacht.

Scorers:

Cardiff: Tries – Amos, Halaholo, Lane(2), Belscher Conversions – Evans, Williams(3)

Connacht: Tries – Marmion(2) Conversions – Carty Penalties – Carty(3)

It was a great contest between Ulster and Glasgow on Friday night with the result in the balance till the final whistle. Glasgow will kick themselves for not taking advantage of the attacking opportunity they had in the final minutes but it was the home side that got the bonus point win at the end.

It was a nine-try thriller at the end with he home side outscoring Glasgow with four tries to three at the end. There was two penalty tries in the match as well which just add to the tension.

The first half was a close affair and it was two quick tries by Ulster Moore and Timoney that gave them a good lead which was at the end enough to defend the never-say-die Glasgow side.

Glasgow will at least go away with two bonus points which will still not make it feel any better as they had a real opportunity to steal the match at the end.

The home side had the best possible start when they got on the attack from the kickoff with McCloskey breaking tackles to feed Baloucoune who almost got in for the first try. they did get their first try minutes later when Forbes was judge with s deliberate knock. Penalty try followed and a yellow card for Forbes.

Glasgow got their first try through Horn after Tuipulotu got through the defence to send Horne over.

The home side got the lead back when Roberts crashed over from a maul. Ulster set pieces was not great up to that time of the match.

Ulster still made unforced errors which allowed Glasgow to score just before the break through Matthews. But they could not have asked for a better start in the second half.

It was Moore who drove over the line after just four minutes into the second half followed by a great chip kick by Burns for Stockdale to gather and send Timoney over.

Glasgow however never gave up and the was also awarded a penalty try after Hume was judge diving on McLean while trying to score a try. That earned him a yellow card and a penalty try for the visitors.

Ulster with man down replied with a try from Doak before Dobie got another for Glasgow to reduce the lead to 35-29 and 10 minutes to go.

Glasgow pushed Ulster all the way but some desperate defence and some poor decision making from Glasgow on attack, gave the home side the win at the end.

Scorers:

Ulster: Tries – Penalty Try, Roberst, Moore, Timoney, Doak Conversions – Cooney, Doak(3)

Glasgow: Tries – Horne, Matthews, Penalty Try, Dobie Conversions – Weir, Thompson Penalties – Weir

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