ulster120white Fan-dabbydosey  is the best way to describe this game as The Fortress rocked on another grand night on the European stage.

It’s not going to be much of a match report for, after three hours in the Rosie pre-match, most of the details are a bit hazy, and with no replays on TV I haven’t been able to check my match facts.

Suffice to say there are plenty of reports on BBC, Belfast Telegraph, Ulster Rugby and on the ERC sites. 

My initial feeling after the game was one of slight disappointment, to tell the truth, as I think the winning margin should have been greater. Bath were certainly limited, and although they were competitive in set plays they didn’t have a lot to offer outside of this.

Ulster produced a composed and dominant display and their excellent defence with the back row of Ferris, Faloon and Diack to the fore broke the hearts of their opponents. However the ferocity that was evident in their match against Edinburgh was missing, and the chance to grab a winning bonus went begging.

This morning, on reflection, I think I was being a bit harsh with my  initial assessment. The ferocity will come out when required and needs to be saved for some of the more challenging opponents that Ulster will no doubt meet in their European voyage.

This was a game that, quite simply, they could not lose and they tailored their game accordingly with an excellent match plan put together by the coaching team. They overwhelmed their opponents at the breakdown and took what points were on offer in a clinical fashion so not really a lot to complain about.

Roll on Edinburgh!

Thanks to Colin at rugbypicture.co.uk for the match pictures. You can view more here.

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3 Comments

  1. While Ulster dominated the game territorially, by astute kicks to the corner, they never dominated the Bath pack. But also never let the Bath pack dominate the loose due to close contol of the edges of the ruck and maul where Ferris and Diack brought anything in Blue holding the ball to earth quickly. The Bath backline wasn’t allowed to operate beyond 1st or outside centre and again this was due to the pace and efforts of the backrow who were always close in support of the first up tacklers.

    Ulster’s lack of the bonus point has as it source the tactics which Ulster used on the night — a willingness to forego possession ( by kicking to the corners) for territorial security ie playing the game in the Bath half.Thus denying Bath the ability to use their bigger and more experienced pack aggessively inside the Ulster 22 .

  2. At last a week when I don’t completely with Dewi!

    I thought the boys showed plenty of “ferocity” especially at the breakdown against a much heavier pack. It was good that Kidney chose to watch Ulster as opposed to the Ladyboys v the Plastic Paddys surely more than four Ulstermen deserve to be in a 34 man Irish squad. Now Leinster have lost Rocky I expect them to return to type and roll over to average Premier League teams. And taking of Premier League teams how pathetic that two English teams, Harlequins and Sale chose to send out weakened teams thus demeaning the European Cup they are as bad as the French. Why did they bother entering? But at least they got there just deserts.

    I expect Ulster to be sitting on top of the pool after next weekend Ulster having beaten Edinburgh and Bath beating Stade at the Rec.

    For the gamblers amongst us Ulster have been cut by William Hill from 100/1 to 50/1 to win (half the odds losing finalists)

  3. I was mugged last night. At least I think that’s what happened for I woke up this morning with no money in my wallet and a really, really sore head. If anyone can account for my movements between the hours of 9.30pm and 11.30pm (other than to the Scoop bar) please let me or the PSNI at Lisnasharragh know.