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Ulster Rugby’s 35-23 victory over The Blues in Cardiff in round 10 of the Guinness PRO12 ended a three game losing run in the Championship.

The Ulstermen’s only defeat in their last nine fixtures in Belfast was by a single point to Munster in the PRO12 on 28 October.

Connacht have suffered just one reversal in their last four fixtures: 17-32 to Wasps in Coventry in round 3 of the European Champions Cup.

Connacht have not won away from home in the PRO12 since a visit to Edinburgh on 4 March.

Connacht beat Ulster 30-25 in Galway in round 6 and have not recorded back-to-back victories over the Ulstermen since 1997-98, whilst they have not been victorious in Belfast since November 1960.

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record:

Played 27, Ulster won 22, Connacht won 4 with 1 game drawn.

At Kingspan Stadium, 7:35pm.
Live on BBC Sport NI / Sky Sports         

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU, 85th competition game)
Assistant Referees:  Dudley Phillips, Nigell Correll (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner:  Gordon Black (IRFU)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)

Date Venue U C Ulster scorers Connacht scorers
Fri 11 Apr 14 Kingspan Stadium 58 12 Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(5C/2P) Luke Marshall(T) James McKinney(C) Tommy Bowe(T) Paul Marshall(2T) Andrew Trimble(3T) Dave McSharry(T) Darragh Leader(T) Miah Nikora(C)
Fri 26 Dec 14 Kingspan Stadium 13 10 Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(C/2P) Jack Carty(C/P) Aly Muldowney(T)
Sat 11 Apr 15 Sportsground 27 20 Craig Gilroy(T) Rory Best(T) Tommy Bowe(2T) Ruan Pienaar(C) Louis Ludik(T) Matt Healy(T) Tiernan O’Halloran(T) Jack Carty(C/P) Miah Nikora(C/P)
Sat 26 Dec 15 Sportsground 10 3 Paddy Jackson(C/P) Nick Williams(T) Aj MacGinty(P)
Fri 1 Apr 16 Kingspan Stadium 18 10 Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(C/2P) Rory Best(T) Caolin Blade(T) Shane O’Leary(C/P)
Fri 7 Oct 16 Sportsground 25 30 Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(2C/2P) Rory Best(T) Jared Payne(T) Jack Carty(T/2C/2P) James Connolly(T) Cian Kelleher(2T)



COMPARISON Ulster Connacht
Last 3 PRO12 results: 4 Nov – Edinburgh (A) L 17-28 4 Nov – Dragons (A) L 16-21
  25 Nov – Zebre (H)   0-0 25 Nov – Cardiff Blues (H) W 18-7
  3 Dec – Cardiff Blues (A) W 35-22 3 Dec – Treviso (H) W 47-8
PRO12 2016/17 5th – W6 D0 L3 – 28pts 8th – W4 D0 L5 – 20pts
Last 6 PRO12 form wWlLlw (15pts) WWllWW (20pts)
Top try scorer 3 – Rob Lyttle 4 – Niyi Adeolokun
Top points scorer 44 – Paddy Jackson 52 – Jack Carty




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