When Timoney’s double saw Ulster squash the Warriors

Andy Baber
12 September 2019

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With the new Guinness PRO14 season just around the corner, Glasgow Warriors and Ulster will continue their preparations when they meet once again at Scotstoun on Saturday.

The second part of a friendly double-header between the two sides comes on the back of Ulster’s impressive 50-19 triumph against Glasgow at Kingspan Stadium last weekend.

Craig Gilroy scored twice for the hosts as they ran in eight tries against last season’s Guinness PRO14 finalists, who had taken an early lead through tries from Nick Grigg, Ratu Tagive and Matt Smith.

Greg Jones, Angus Kernohan, Ethan McIlroy, Sam Carter, Nick Timoney and Graham Curtis all crossed for Ulster in addition to Gilroy’s double as the hosts scored 33 unanswered points.

And ahead of the rematch in Glasgow, here’s a throwback to when they met in the Guinness PRO14 in 2018 as Ulster kept their Final Series hopes alive with a hard-fought win.

Ulster 36-15 Glasgow Warriors, April 2018

Going into the game at the Kingspan Stadium, Glasgow had already secured their place in the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals while Ulster were nearing the last-chance saloon.

So it was no surprise when the hosts came out of the traps quickly, taking the lead through a John Cooney penalty in the fifth minute after Alex Dunbar was pinged for not releasing.

The scrum-half was soon on the scoreboard once again when he showed a good turn of pace from the back of a five metre scrum to score the game’s opening try in the 13th minute.

Ulster suffered their first blow moments later when No.8 Jean Deysel was forced off with an injury before Glasgow pounced with their first score through a Finn Russell penalty.

Warriors then drew level when Fraser Brown barged through weak tackles by Ross Kane and Timoney and exploited a two-on-one before offloading to Callum Gibbins to score.

With the momentum on their side, Glasgow soon went in search of a second try – only for Charles Piutau to tackle Tommy Seymour into touch as the ex-Ulster winger targeted the whitewash.

The visitors came close to going in front for the first time again on 26 minutes. In fact, Warriors thought they had scored when Dunbar ran over Johnny McPhillips and stretched for the line.

But the TMO ruled he was millimetres short and Ulster responded with two more penalties from the boot of Cooney, giving the home side a six-point advantage at the break.

That ultimately proved to be Cooney’s last contribution to the game, though, as he was replaced by Paul Marshall at the interval due to a head injury assessment at half-time.

And the change initially appeared to disrupt Ulster after the restart, with Gibbins capitalising from a solid lineout maul that rumbled over the whitewash to bring Warriors within a point.

Russell’s attempted conversion came back off the post and having come close to falling beihnd, Ulster regained their composure and took the game by the scruff of the neck.

First Jacob Stockdale came in off his wing to attack the gain line before offloading to Stuart McCloskey, whose smart pass allowed Timoney to dive over.

Another McCloskey break then resulted in a sustained period of pressure in the Warriors half, which provided the platform for Sean Reidy to force his way through and dot down.

With the result no longer in doubt, Ulster tracked down the all-important bonus-point score, introducing Tommy Bowe to inject a late burst of energy into their attack.

And the Irish international had the desired impact as his thunderous tackle paved the way for Ulster’s fourth try, with Bowe making the final pass for Timoney to complete his brace.

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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