Then tries either side of half-time from Connacht's Fionn Carr and Andrew Browne saw the hosts barge into a 12-11 lead, and increase the pressure on the visitors. Andrew Farley, in his last home game for Connacht, won procession and Frank Murphy's quick switch sent Fionn Carr speeding over the line for an unconverted try 8 minutes before the break. Within 10 minutes of the second half, Connacht's blindside flanker Browne, burst over unchallenged for a well deserved try after good work by scrum-half Murphy and Troy Nathan. Keatley added the conversion.
However, Ulster, with Ian Whitten influential in midfield, were able to snap back into the lead thanks to a Clinton Schifcofske penalty and Connacht, despite a spirited effort right to the final whistle, were left cursing three missed penalties from Ian Keatley in the second half. Full Time Connacht 12:14 Ulster.
Connacht: 15 Troy Nathan, 14 Fionn Carr, 13 Gavin Duffy, 12 Keith Matthews, 11 Liam Bibo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Frank Murphy, 8 John Muldoon (capt), 7 Ray Ofisa, 6 Andrew Browne, 5 Andrew Farley, 4 Michael Swift, 3 Ray Loughney, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Brett Wilkinson.
Replacements: 16 Adrian Flavin, 17 Brian McGovern, 18 David Gannon, 19 Colm Rigney, 20 Conor O'Loughlin, 21 Andy Dunne, 22 Mel Deane.
Ulster: 15 Clinton Schifcofske, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Simon Danielli, 10 Niall O'Connor, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Robbie Diack, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Ed O'Donoghue, 3 Tom Court, 2 Rory Best (capt), 1 BJ Botha.
Replacements: 16 Nigel Brady, 17 Bryan Young, 18 Carlo Del Fava, 19 Matt McCullough, 20 Isaac Boss, 21 Ian Humphreys, 22 Rob Dewey.
|Connacht Rugby Score Card|
|Ulster Rugby Score Card|