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WARRIOR SPIRIT IS CRUSHED.

Ulster 28 Glasgow 14 GLASGOW'S bid for a fifth successive opening-day league triumph was demolished by the streetwise Belfast brigade. Sean Lineen has plenty to ponder as he looks ahead to his makeshift squad's tussle with Euro giants Munster at Firhill next week.

The Warriors made a rousing start and standoff Duncan Weir was unlucky to see his dropgoal attempt from 35 metres slide past.

Troy Nathan broke the deadlock for Glasgow in 10 minutes when the former Connacht centre powered through three challenges to reach the line.

Ulster replied almost immediately with an Ian Humphreys penalty for offside.

Then came a moment of disaster for Glasgow scrum-half Colin Gregor.

Off balance, he fired a pass into the arms of home star Darren Cave who cruised to the line.

Humphreys converted before Weir was on target with a penalty to narrow the gap to two points.

Paul Marshall darted over in the narrow side corner for Ulster's second touchdown.

Weir fired another pinpoint kick in stoppage time - then added three more points on the restart.

But Humphreys banged over another penalty before converting Ulster's third try after skipper Chris Henry evaded the Warriors' heroic defence.

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Date:Sep 3, 2011
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