Ulster had to work hard to keep a determined Benetton out on Friday night on the opening day of the new season.
They manage to get a 35-24 win in Belfast but easy it was definitely not. Just over 600 fans was treated to a great game of rugby with both side pitching up to play rugby the way it was suppose to be done.
It was six tries in the first half which saw Benetton coming back from 21-7 at one stage.
They went ahead in the second half but tries from Springbok Marcell Coetzee and McBurney ensured that the runners-up from last season start the new season with a win.
The game started with a blistering pace and it was Ulster that scored first with Cooney showed his magic with his boot. He kicked the perfect grubber to see Hume going over under the sticks.
He was in play again in the second try when he gave the final pass to Moore who run in a simple try in his first start for Ulster.
They were rewarded when Ruzza got over with Garbisi adding the extras.
Lowry got one back for Ulster straight away to extend their lead again.
Just before halftime Stockdale was shown a yellow card for a high tackle which Benetton took full advantage off.
A great break by Tavuyara setup both of Benetton late first half tries with Garbisi and Steyn gong over. This made the halftime score 21-all.
Benetton went ahead early in the second half with a penalty from Garbisi.
That lead did not last long as Coetzee got over for Ulster to secure a bonus point.
They stepped up in the closing stage of the game with McBurney who powered over off the back of a rolling maul.
Ulster: Tries – Hume, Moore, Lowry, Coetzee, McBurne Conversions – Cooney(4), Johnston
Benetton: Tries – Ruzza, Garbisi, Steyn Conversions – Garbisi(3) Penalties – Garbisi
|October 2, 2020||9:15 pm||PRO14 2020/2021||GUINNESS PRO14 2020/2021||90'|