Ulster player ratings: How the stars performed in Euro victory at Scarlets

Ulster’s finest performance of the season earned a stunning victory at Parc y Scarlets on Friday evening.

But how did the individual players fare? Here are our ratings:

Starting XV

Louis Ludik 8: Solid and tidied up well at the back. Took one great high ball in the second half and produced a super try-saving tackle on Evans.

Henry Speight 8: Time with Ulster is nearly up and produced his best performance. Scored a try and was largely great in defence.

Will Addison 9: A horrible start, but his passing and ambition shone through again and his break set Stockdale up. Then came a great try.

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Ulster’s Will Addison touches down for his try.

Stuart McCloskey 8: Strong as usual. He came so close to scoring in the lead-up to Coetzee’s bonus point try and then won the penalty to seal the victory.

Jacob Stockdale 8: His first chance and what does he do? Scores of course from what seemed an unlikely position. Also helped create Speight’s try.

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Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale runs in a try despite Gareth Davies and Steff Evans of the Scarlets.

Billy Burns 8: The first half intercept was scary but he did so much else right. An assist for Speight for that impressive score. He also put in the hits.

John Cooney 7: His first half penalty was rather too ambitious in the conditions. A difficult night for kicking but gave Coetzee an assist.

Eric O’Sullivan 8: Some really good work in the tight and put in an enormous shift defensively to get Ulster this vital result.

Rory Best 9: He worked so hard. His drive off a maul helped in the lead-up to Speight’s score and he was in the thick of the action. Won a crucial penalty too.

Marty Moore 7: One first half scrum showed that Ulster had a clear edge and like his team-mates the defensive work was strong.

Iain Henderson 9: Set tone early with a great turnover and his strength was central to Ulster’s cause. A massive effort in the tackle zone and carried so strongly.

Kieran Treadwell 7: One dummy and break but a knock-on in contact. But the second row also played an important part in this win and in shutting Scarlets down.

Sean Reidy 5: Used as a lineout option at the front, he went in too high and was floored. The result was a penalty against Ulster and the flanker’s early departure.

Jordi Murphy 8: Aggressive defensively, prominent around the fringes but there was one knock-on. When it came to knocking red shirts down, he was immense.

Marcell Coetzee 9: Always visible in the tackle zone, the Springbok won a huge steal on the ground and secured the bonus point try. Stood tall for this one.

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Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee scores their fourth try of the game.

Replacements

Nick Timoney (for Reidy, 24) 8: A great break in the lead-up for Coetzee’s score.

Rob Herring (for Best 69) 7: Helped secure this vital result with his energy.

Tom O’Toole (for Moore 69) 7: Another who gave everything for the five points.

Johnny McPhillips (for Burns 75) 6: Not on long but stood up to what was thrown at him.

Not used: Kyle McCall, Mattie Rea, Dave Shanahan, Darren Cave

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