Ulster V Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow’s mistakes cost them in Belfast as they slipped to a 36-15 defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan.
The Irishmen scored the fourth try they needed to keep their play-off hopes alive deep into injury time having taken the game away from the Warriors in the final 20 minutes.
Ulster started the brighter of the two sides and converted a penalty on the third minute to opening the scoring.
The hosts scored their opening try after ten minutes and Glasgow will curse themselves as it could have been avoided so easily. Taking a quick lineout on their own try line Warriors were forced back and conceded a 5m scrum off which the Ulster scrum half darted under the sticks.
It took Glasgow 20 minutes to find their way into the match, but they began to get some love with their hard carrying in midfield after Finn Russell slotted a penalty.
It was off of a strong Fraser Brown burst that they got themselves back in the game. The hooker powering through two defenders and passing inside to captain Callum Gibbins to run in under the posts.
Alex Dunbar was dragged down a millimetre short denying Glasgow the lead and it was the visitors on the front foot as the second half came to a close.
However, two late penalties from the home side off the back of Glasgow mistakes meant that the Warriors went in behind at the break.
Callum Gibbins scored a second off the back of a driving maul at the start of the second period and looked as if they were going to kick on.
But from that point it was all Ulster, two scores in the space of five minutes knocked the wind out of Glasgow’s sails and the rest of the game saw Warriors absorb phases after phase of pressure as the Irishmen pushed for that precious fourth try.
It came, with the clock red. Patient play from Ulster was rewarded and the Kingspan erupted as Nick Timoney dived over in the corner.
The result makes next weekend’s 1872 Cup fixture even more exciting with Ulster still in touching distance of a spot in the finals series at the expense of Edinburgh.