Craig Ronaldson was a late withdrawal from the game due to a quad injury sustained in the warm up so Miah Nikora came into start and both the New Zealander and replacement outhalf Jack Carty kicked a conversion and a penalty each.
Ulster’s back line were firing today four tries coming through Louis Ludik, Tommy Bowe (2) and Craig Gilroy. Captain Rory Best also got over the whitewash for a late score. In windy conditions, scrum half Ruan Pienaar missed a penalty and kicked one from five conversions.
Connacht: T O’Halloran, D Poolman, R Henshaw, B Aki, M Healy, M Nikora, K Marmion, D Buckley, T McCartney, R Ah You, Q Roux, A Muldowney, J Muldoon (cpt), E Masterson, G Naoupu.
Replacements, E McKeon for Naoupu (50”), U Dillane for Roux (57”), J Carty for Nikora (59”), R Loughney for Buckley (66”) and J Cooney for Marmion (66”), D Leader for Aki , F Bealham for Ah You, S Delahunt for McCartney (all 68”), Roux for Dillane (71”)
Ulster: L Ludik, T Bowe, J Payne, D Cave, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar, C Black, R Best (C), W Herbst, D Tuohy, F Van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, R Wilson.
Replacements, McCloskey for Ludik (58m), R Bronson for Herbst, and R Diak for Henderson (63m), A Warwick for Black (68m), I Humphries for Cave(72m)
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Attendance: 5921 (SOLD OUT)
Man of the Match: Franco Van der Merwe