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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Andrew Trimble and Liam Williams carded for fighting as Ulster progress to final

Ulster have reached the RaboDirect Pro12 final, beating Scarlets 28-17 at Ravenhill last night. It was an eventful, amusing game for winger Andrew Trimble, who was yellow carded for fighting in the first half, and later provided some laughs with a comical trip.

After some early penalty kick exchanges, the first try came on 25 minutes as British & Irish Lions tourists Tommy Bowe and George North went one on one, with the senior Bowe getting the better of the young star, rounding him for a well taken try.

Both sides were down to 14 men following a scuffle between backs Liam Williams and Andrew Trimble, which seemed to kick off after a push and shove at the bottom of ruck.

Robbie Diack later crossed for a try and at halftime the hosts led 18-3, before Tom Court crossed in the second. Scarlets' Gareth Davies scored what was probably the try of the match as he weaved his way past defenders, and later Sione Timani also scored, but it wasn't enough for the visitors.

Man of the Match Rory Best spoke of how determined Ulster are to win a trophy this season.

"Ultimately this is where we want to be. We want to win silverware this year and this is our last crack at it now. This team, we felt at the start of the season, was good enough to win something — we wanted to win everything, but this is our thing now and we're delighted to be in the final."

The Pro12 Final takes place on May 25th in Dublin, where Ulster will face either Leinster or Glasgow.

View a highlights wrap of the match | View the amusing toe stub face plant by Trimble

Note: All clips are official Pro12 highlights, so there is no commentary unfortunately

Official highlights wrap of the match (longer clip with commentary will replace this soon)

Time: 2:04

Andrew Trimble's unfortunate toe stub while attempting to kick the ball ahead

Time: 0:48

Posted at 1:42 pm | 10 comments

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SUFTUMLaz May 11, 2013 5:26 pm

Dont see anything wrong with that! Trimble didnt really need to do what he did and williams reacted as anyone thats been face-palmed would have done, and landed a couple of crackers. Ref was right to sin bin them however it was possibly the one correct decision he made in that game! I hope the game is reviewed due to Allain Roland's poor refereeing!! Also a little disappointed in tommy bowe coming in at the end! He has enough experience to know better than that! Anyway on to the final! SUFTUM!

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Guest May 11, 2013 6:12 pm

I'm not surprised at the reaction from Williams. Trimble had tackled him off the ball and given a bit of hands to the face a few minutes earlier.

Rolland really was awful in this game. People focus on a few contentious decisions he's made over the years, but every once in a while he has an absolute stinker. This was one of them.

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browner May 11, 2013 8:56 pm

Yellow card for Williams only, for x3 punches thrown in response to a minor face palming

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DrG May 12, 2013 12:01 am

I'd have thought you'd be screaming for a life time ban for Williams "x3 punches thrown" surely this is far more horrendous than some of the weak incidents that you have had labelled as red cards.

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Guest May 11, 2013 9:59 pm

Roland was very poor. Although Scarlets weren't at their best, they would have found it difficult to get anything from the game even if they were with Roland in charge.

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Rob93 May 15, 2013 5:00 pm

Williams definitely deserved a yellow, thought it was slightly harsh on Trimble but probably the right call. Trimble cleared out his man but didn't need the palm in the face, however I have seen a lot worse going on at the bottom of a ruck and people have just got on with it, thought Williams overreacted a bit, seems like he let Trimble get to him and saw red.

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DrG May 12, 2013 12:00 am

Meh handbags, yellow card to both at the most... I wouldn't be phased if it was left at just a penalty.

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paimoe May 12, 2013 3:10 am

lol toe stub

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AVR May 12, 2013 11:36 am

would love to see this in football. would make it more exciting.

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rugby08 May 16, 2013 1:40 pm

Should have been a straight red for Liam Williams. A very lairy and dirty player always goes way over the top.

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