Dragons replied with a try for hooker Steve Jones just a minute later but Humphreys got a superb touchdown of his own shortly afterwards when he chipped overhead and gathered the ball to drive over the line on 21 minutes. He added his third coversion and slotted over a penalty before the end of the half to put Ulster well ahead of the visitors, Ulster 21 - 10.
The 7,500 strong Ravenhill crowd had high hopes of a fourth try and bonus point however despite the fact that Ulster enjoyed long periods of play in the Dragons half and the visitors had two players sin-binned Ulster couldn't convert their opportunities and failed to score at all in the second half.
Dragons centre Hal Luscombe sneaked a late try for the visitors, Warlow adding the conversion to give the visitors the important losing bonus point.
Ulster: Cunningham; Bowe, Bell, Steinmetz, Maxwell; Humphreys, Boss; Young, Best, Best; Harrison, McCullough; Best, Ferris, Wilson.
Replacements: Maggs for Steinmetz (28), Campbell for Boss (67), J Fitzpatrick for B. Young (49), Brady for R. Best (71), McMillan for Ferris (78), Larkin for Bell (80).
Dragons: Thomas; Brew, Luscombe, Sweeney, Fussell; Warlow, Baber; Black, Jones, Thomas, Hall, Sidoli, Ringer, Forster (capt), Oakley.
Replacements: Bryant for Fussell (74), Ireland for Baber (74), Brown for S Jones (80), Anthony for R Thomas (60), Charteris for Hall (51), Van Rensberg for Ringer (51), Maddocks for Van Rensberg (57).
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