David Humphreys missed an early penalty attempt on 3 minutes but his second effort just three minutes later got the home side's scoring underway. Ulster dominated possession and territory in the first half and were rewarded on 20 minutes when No. 8 Roger Wilson forced his way across the whitewash. David Humphreys converted the score to make it 10 - 0.
Scoring aside it was an eventful first half, three yellow cards, one each for Ulster's Justin Fitzpatrick and Roger Wilson and one for Treviso's hooker Ongaro, and a raft of the ensuing front row substitutions. Ulster were dealt a blow when scrum-half Issac Boss, making his first start for the side left the field with a calf injury just a few minutes later, replaced by Reece Spee
Half-time: Ulster 10 - 0 Treviso
Ulster continued to dominate in the second half, the second try came on 57 minutes when Heineken Man of the Match Neil Best scored an unconverted try from a forward drive. Ulster 15 - 0 Treviso.
In an exciting final few minutes both Neil McMillan and Kevin Maggs touched down, sealing the victory by bagging the bonus point.
While the players and management team were happy to get their 05-06 campaign off to a winning start, coach Mark McCall described the match as "frustrating".
"It was a frustrating night. Performance-wise we were probably a notch down from where we've been, however, despite not playing as well, we still managed to score 4 tries and get the bonus point." "It was a stop start match which just didn't flow. "We turned the ball over too much in the first half, it was a greasy surface and there were a lot of penalties."
McCall paid tribute to his Assistant Coach Allen Clarke, "our set piece work and our pack were very strong and Allen Clarke has put a lot of work in with the forwards".
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