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Ulster v Stade Toulousain - Pool 5


An Tarbh

One of the ties of the weekend with Celtic League champions and 99 champions Ulster taking on the 3 times winners Stade Toulousain at Ravenhill.

Ulster, top of the Celtic league, bring in Paul Steinmetz and Tommy Bowe. Simon Best starts from the bench beside Kieron Dawson with Neill McMillan, Declan Fitzpatrick, Scott Young and Kevin Maggs dropping out.

For Toulouse, Poux misses out with a shoulder injury, Ellisalde makes the trip despite not having trained this week while Benoît Baby stays at home.

Ulster: 15 Bryn Cunningham, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Paul Steinmetz, 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 David Humphreys, 9 Issac Boss, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Stephen Ferris, 6 Neil Best, 5 Matt McCullough, 4 Justin Harrison (capt), 3 Bryan Young, 2 Rory Best, 1 Justin Fitzpatrick.
Replacements: 16 Paul Shields, 17 Simon Best, 18 Tim Barker, 19 Kieron Dawson, 20 Kieran Campbell, 21 Kevin Maggs, 22 Andrew Maxwell.

Stade Toulousain: 15 Clément Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Maleli Kunavore, 11 Xavier Garbajosa, 10 Jean-Frédéric Dubois, 9 Valentin Courrent, 8 Thierry Dusatoir, 7 Trevor Brennan, 6 Jean-François Montauriol, 5 Grégory Lamboley, 4 Romain Millo-Chlusky, 3 Salvatore Perugini, 2 Virgil Lacombe, 1 Daan Human.
Replacements: 16 Yannick Bru, 17 Stéphane Clement, 18 Patricio Albacete, 19 Jean Bouilhou, 20 Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, 21 Gareth Thomas, 22 Yohan Huget.

Referee: Dave Pearson
Half time score: Ulster 30-3 Toulouse.

Awesome performance from Ulster, despite the obvious forward pass for the first try, some great rugby, cracking try from Isaac Boss, give that man the Irish jersey, "are you watching Peter Stringer", great stuff from the Ulster fans. Great try as well from Trimble. Toulouse just have been shellshocked by this Ulster intensity and even worse now with Jauzion dubiously in the bin for a spear tackle on Harrison. Pearson has certainly helped Ulster's cause but still doesn't take away from their performance. All they need now is to complete the job and get the bonus point.
Bit dissappointing for Ulster in the end failing to get the bonus point and that could well prove crucial in the final outcome especially with the Scarlets coming away from Reading with 5 points in the bag.
Watched this game on espn, the 1st half was more exciting...both setpiece tries looked similar to the wallabies tries against england this year. How did harrison become captain of ulster? Hes a hot head always has been since his days with the brumbies and waratahs.
ouch, its rough !!! 30-3 !!! haven't watched the match, but the only scoreboard sums the match !!!
Stand up for the Ulstermen!

ouch, its rough !!! 30-3 !!! haven't watched the match, but the only scoreboard sums the match !!!

just watch the first half then cause the second was scoreless.
Ulster clearly dominated and deserved the victory, the score could have been less flatering with different refereeing, the first try followed a forward pass (by at least 1.5 meters) and the penalty a few minutes after was on a supposed deliberate knock on which on replay was clearly not deliberate.

Ulster defense was very agressive while Toulouse's looked more like saloons doors. Ulster backs were much faster than their counterparts while Ulster forwards dominated both in the line out and the scrums.

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