Ulster made it clear that they meant business straight from the kick-off and opened the score after only two and a half minutes of play. Darren Cave burst through under the posts after picking up from the scrum, and Ian Humphreys' elementary conversion made the score 7-0.
Ulster stayed on the offensive with good possssion for the next 10 minutes without ever looking like breaching the Glaswegian defence again. A long-range penalty for the visitors on 14 minutes fell short of the posts, and the match ambled along without any great incident until Glasgow prop Kevin Tkachuk was sent to the bin on 23 minutes for interfering while the ball was on the ground.
It took the Ulstermen five minutes to capitalise on the numerical advantage. Andrew Trimble picked up the ball on the right wing deep in the Glasgow half and outstripped several defenders with electric pace for a superb solo try and the outstanding moment of a subdued first half. As the Scots huddled together for a team-talk behind the posts, Humphreys bent the conversion wide to leave the score at 12-0 on the half-hour.
With Glasgow showing they had little to offer at this stage of the game, Ulster pressed on. But a knock-on in the 38th minute gave Glasgow the opportunity to open their account. Fly-half Dan Parks missed again, however, from just inside the Ulster half, to bring a dismal first-half for the Glaswegians to an end.
Half-Time score Ulster 12 Glasgow 0
The second half opened with rain pounding down on Ravenhill, which did nothing to improve the fluency of the rugby on display. Ulster were reduced to 14 men in turn when Justin Fitzpatrick was yellow-carded on 48 minutes, but although Glasgow stayed in control of the ball, they posed no discernable threat.
A great charge-down by Ryan Caldwell two minutes later put an end to the period of Scottish domination, but as conditions worsened Ulster failed to capitalise on good possession. They maintained the pressure on the Glasgow defence, but lacked penetration and eventually lost possession with another knock-on.
The slippery ball caused a further handling error, this time by the Scots, on 66 minutes and gave the impetus back to the home team. Play got bogged down on the sticky pitch, however, and neither team made any great progress. The match then fizzled out, and ended with the second half proving scoreless.
Ulster's solid performance enabled them to leapfrog over tonight's opponents in the Magner's League table, moving up from 9th to 5th place before Sunday's matches.
Full-Time score Ulster 12 Glasgow 0
(16-22) Nigel Brady, Tom Court, Carlo Del Fava, Kieron Dawson, Cillian Willis, Niall O'Connor, Mark McCrea
(1-8) Kevin Tkachuk, Fergus Thomson, Moray Low, Dan Turner, Opeta Palepoi, Calum Forrester, Kelly Brown, Johnnie Beattie
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