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.
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!
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