Ulster grind way to top of Pro12

Ulster 13 Glasgow Warriors 10: Ulster not so much as stormed back to the top of the Pro12 League, but stumbled to the summit in defeating defending champions Glasgow at the Kingspan Stadium last night.

After turning around 5-3 down at the break they stormed back with Callum Black rumbled over to celebrate his 100th appearance and Paddy Jackson banging over the conversion and adding a penalty.

Ulster were caught cold from Glasgow’s first visit to the Ulster red zone in the 10th minute when Lee Jones touching down.

In the 23rd minute Ulster’s Pienaar knocked over a penalty. Everything appeared to change in the 52nd minute with the sprightly Gilroy carving through the Glasgow defence and setting up the platform for Black to crash over. Jackson, who came on as a second-half replacement, converted and then added a penalty in the 66th minute.

Ulster had a bag of opportunities to add to their total but Glasgow had the last say when replacement Taqele Naiyaravoro went over in the corner.

Ulster:

S Olding; C Gilroy, D Cave, S McCloskey, J Stockdale (Arnold, 74); S Windsor (Jackson, 40), R Pienaar (Marshall, 30); C Black (McCall, 57), R Herring (capt) (Andrew, 43), R Lutton (Ross, 77); A O’Connor, F van der Merwe, R Diack, S Reidy (Henry, 52), N Williams (Wilson, 64).

Glasgow:

P Murchie; L Jones (Naiyaravoro, 64), G Bryce, S Johnson, R Hughes; G Hunter (Horne, 54), A Price (Hart, 64); R Grant (Allen, 59), P MacArthur (Malcolm, 36), S Puafisi (Rae, 69): G Peterson, L Nakarawa (Strauss, 59): R Harley, S Favaro (Fusaro, 40), R Wilson (capt).

Referee:

Marius Mitrea (Italy)

Ulster scorers:

Black try; Jackson penalty, con; Pienaar pen;

Glasgow scorers:

L Jones, Naiyaravoro tries)

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