Following four phases close to the visitors? line, one of which saw hooker John Fogarty just held up, flanker Lacey was hauled over the line in a pushover drive.Fly-half Slemen converted for the lead but Humphreys whacked over his third and fourth penalties on 30 and 35 minutes to hand Ulster a five-point buffer.
The second half was just six minutes old when the Irish-qualified Slemen shimmed over in the right corner for Connacht?s second try.The westerners pilled on the pressure up front and Chris Keane switched play out to the blindside where Slemen had enough gas to beat his man.
The conversion was missed but Slemen added the extras to winger McPhillips? try, 10 minutes later. This time the Connacht backs laid the platform, Keane sent Matt Mostyn haring through a gap, the former Ireland international did well to take the ball one-handed and McPhillips looped up on his outside to collect the pass and score his 17th league try in three seasons.
It was a shrewd score and Ulster heads further dropped when Slemen kicked a subsequent penalty for 22-12. The visitors, in slumping to their third straight defeat, did get close to nabbing a try in the final quarter.
They were helped when Connacht number eight Colm Rigney was sin-binned, two minutes from the end, for a ruck offence, but the home defence held out.
|Connacht Rugby Score Card|
|Ulster Rugby Score Card|