Bonus point win for Ulster in Cup

Benetton Treviso 3-35 Ulster
Published Saturday, 14 December 2013
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Ulster are firmly in control of their Heineken Cup pool after a second successive bonus point win over Italian side Treviso on Saturday.

Bonus point win for Ulster in Cup
Ulster players celebrate the win. (© Presseye)

The visitors made light of the poor visibility at the Stadio Monigo with two Paddy Jackson penalties and a try from Luke Marshall giving them an 11-3 half-time lead.

Just after the hour mark Ulster struck again - with the Italians down to 14 men a slick passing move resulting in Craig Gilroy going over for their second try.

Robbie Diack forced his way over for a third try with 12 minutes left to set the stage for a grand stand finish, before the all-important fourth try came when Andrew Trimble used his foot to gather the ball before feeding Jared Payne to touch down and seal the bonus point.

It finished 35-5 to Ulster, who surge further ahead at the top of Pool 5 with a result that wasn't far off last weekend's 48-0 mauling of Treviso.

David Humphreys of Ulster said he thinks the win puts all the pressure on Leicester Tigers heading into their fourth-round clash with Montpellier on Sunday.

He went on: "We knew we had to get five points to build some pressure on Leicester.

"When we mapped out the season we said we wanted to be top of the table in the Heineken Cup at the end of round four and we are sitting well at the moment. The pressure is now on them and we can sit down and relax when we watch their game on Sunday."

Humphreys described the foggy conditions as "pretty surreal".

He continued: "It was a pretty surreal experience with the fog and not many of us had seen conditions like it before. The Luke Marshall try just before half-time was crucial because we had had a few chances before that and missed out on them.

"Often in the Heineken Cup if you miss out on your opportunities it can come back to bite you late on. It was good to get that just before half-time and the second half just built on that.

"Our defence has been outstanding when you think how many points we have scored over the last few weeks and we have only conceded one penalty.

"The players deserve a huge amount of credit for that. We have worked on our defence in the last few seasons because if you want to compete against the best teams at the end of tournaments like this, your defence has to be your starting point."

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Graham in Coleraine wrote (125 days ago):
Once again I am proud of Ulster's achievements. The whole ethos of the team is highly commendable. As well as the players the whole backroom staff (Anscombe, Humphries, Bell et al) also deserve tremendous credit. Well done and SUFTUM!
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