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Heineken Cup: Ulster beat Glasgow in soggy war of attrition
Paddy Jackson kicked 14 points as Ulster claimed a 19-8 win in Glasgow to make it two wins from two for the Irish side in Pool 4 of the Heineken Cup.
Last season's beaten finalists were made to battle every step of the way by a committed Glasgow side in appalling conditions at Scotstoun, but ultimately had too much nous and know-how for the Scots.
Jackson and Ruan Pienaar both missed penalty attempts from inside their own half early on, as Ulster made it clear they thought points would be at a premium in the heavy rain.
But it was Glasgow who edged ahead on the back of a dominant scrum, Peter Horne atoning for a miss two minutes earlier.
Glasgow paid the price for two penalties inside their own 22, both when they had possession, and Jackson edged Ulster 6-3 ahead, before Horne missed a simple chance to level.
A minute into the second half Horne missed his third kickable penalty chance and his miserable night ended shortly afterwards as he hobbled off injured.
From there on Ulster took control and turned the screw, although for 15 minutes Glasgow held firm under waves of pressure, particularly up front.
Pienaar attemped another penalty from 56 metres but was again short, before driving the next penalty - which was closer to the Glasgow posts - into the corner.
It proved to be the right decision as the lineout was won, the Ulster forwards launched an impressive drive and Chris Henry twisted out of the maul and touched down under pressure.
Jackson added the extras and two more penalties, before Mikola Matawalu plucked Scott White's crossfield kick out of the air to score a late consolation for Glasgow.
The conversion attempt was wide and ultimately it was missed kicks which cost Glasgow dear - had that gone over and Horne made his three kickable penalty attempts the scores would have been level.
But it was another tale of what might have been for Glasgow, who led 15-0 at Northampton last week but have nothing to show for their opening two games and sit bottom of the pool.
With Castres beating Northampton in France, Ulster lead the way and have a chance to take control of the pool during the back-to-back games against the Saints.
Despite a second successive competitive display, Glasgow's hopes may already be over, although a full house at Scotstoun on their return to the ground for the first time in a decade was one positive from an otherwise grim night.
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