LIVE: Ulster v DHL Stormers

PUBLISHED: January 27, 2023

The DHL Stormers are at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast where they are up against Ulster in a Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter. Follow the match live here with our updates.

Some late changes to our team with Junior Pokomela and Clayton Blommetjies out injured. Marcel Theunissen and Kade Wolhuter replace them in the starting line-up, with Connor Evans and Andre-Hugo Venter coming onto the bench.

This is the first time that the DHL Stormers have played at Kingspan Stadium, after two epic matches against Ulster at DHL Stadium in Cape Town last season.

Cold but dry in Belfast tonight as we get set for kick-off.

0 – JL du Plessis kicks off and we are underway.

2 – We dominate possession early and take the game to Ulster.

3 – Good kick into the 22 by Ulster and JL du Plessis has to scramble it into touch. JJ Kotze collides with BJ Dixon and is stretchered off. Scarra Ntubeni comes on.

5 – Ulster maul but there is obstruction so we can clear.

7 – Knocked on at the breakdown, so Ulster have the first scrum about 40 metres out. Knocked on by Ulster this time so we have a scrum just outside our 22. Scrum penalty won so we can kick into their half.

10 – Both teams kicking for position. Dixon drops it just short of halfway, so another Ulster scrum. They kick through and it is knocked on again, so they have another scrum just outside the 22.

14 – Home side with the opening try from scrumhalf Nathan Doak, he also converts to make it 7-0.

16 – We are blown up at the breakdown so Ulster kick into our half. Another good kick through goes into touch in the 22.

19 – We clear it and Ulster run it back.

21 – Ulster in for their second try out side from wing Ben Moxham.

24 – More injuries as Evan Roos is replaced by Ruben van Heerden and Juan de Jongh on for Jl du Plessis.

26 – Ulster knock on in the 22 so we have a scrum and can kick to touch.

28 – Another knock from Ulster and we run from out 22 up to halfway before Ungerer kicks.

30 – Ulster caught in their 22 and look to scramble it into touch. Attacking opportunity here.

32 – Ulster offside and we have advantage under the poles. Knocked on and we opt for the scrum.

34 – It goes wide and the ball bounces loose so Ulster pounce and clear it.

36 – Ulster win a breakdown penalty and kick into our half but then go offside, so we can get into their half and go on the attack.

38 – Lost forward in the tackle, so Ulster have a scrum.

40 – Ulster over the line and it looks to be held up, but the referee awards the try to make it 21-0 at half-time.

41 – Back underway in Belfast and an early knock-on means Ulster have a scrum.

43 – Ulster running phases on the 22 and get a penalty for a high tackle and Ben-Jason Dixon is shown a yellow card too.

45 – We steal the line-out and kick long up to halfway but Ulster run it back and score their fourth try.

48 – Wolhuter tackled high this time but no card. We kick to the corner and maul.

52 – Vermeulen steals the ball and Ulster kick up to their 22. We attack again, but the ball is passed into touch.

54 – We steal the line-out and go again, but it is lost forward in a tackle, so Ulster can scrum.

57 – Ulster fullback Mike Lowry over for their fifth try.

59 – We get a penalty for a change and kick up to the 22.

61 – Forward pass on the 22 so Ulster have a scrum.

64 – Intercept from Smit and we kick into the 22, but it is marked by Lowry.

66 – Good continuity as we go into the 22. Ulster offside so we can kick to the corner.

68 – Line-out thrown over the back and Ulster break out.

70 – Great run from Feinberg-Mngomezulu puts us back in the 22 and we build pressure until a forward pass gives Ulster another scrum.

75 – We have a lot of possession, but battling to find a way through.

77 – Up against it but we keep fighting and it is Andre-Hugo Venter who peels off from a maul to score.

80 – Full-time in Belfast where Ulster have won 35-5.