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Ravenhill plays host to the first of the Irish provinces in the 2011/12 season as Connacht travel to Belfast for round eight of the Pro 12. Stephen Watson presents the action.


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This season started so brightly for Ulster, with three wins ml - - in a

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row. Things were looking good. But then it all started to go horribly

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wrong. Ulster lost to D of sprays grime of were slain by The Dragons,

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turned over by Treviso for the very first time, and left with red faces

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at the Scarlets last week. Tonight Ulster would try to get their

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season back contract here at Ravenhill against Connaught. This

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is the man Ulster Hall can rejuvenate them, John a full up

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makes his eagerly anticipated debut. - - John a full. It is an Irish

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Derby on Guy Fawkes night. Lucky that the Ulster mask what is called

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Sparky! Welcome to Ravenhill for Ulster against Connaught. Kick-off

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is in 10 minutes. Look out at half- time for a special feature with

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Ulster hooker Rory Best. He gives us a unique insight into art - -

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into his training regime. Joining me here tonight is Eddie O'Sullivan

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and Andy Ward. Before we hear from you we will take a look at the

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table, which does not make good reading for either of the teams

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tonight. Connaught are marginally How important is a win for both of

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these teams this evening? As I think it would be more important

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for Connaught, as they have been Our real dip in form for Ulster,

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and missing Ruan Pienaar, who will be out for up to six weeks. That is

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a big blow. We have been looking forward to these World Cup players

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coming back into the next, and with Ruan Pienaar to be sitting on the

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sidelines means there is a month - - there is an opportunity for Paul

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Marshall, so he needs a big night tonight. The hottest ticket in town

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is for the MTV Music Awards. That is for tomorrow, and there are

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plenty of new stars and show tonight. One of them is Ulster's

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It has been full on. Coming straight off the plane. The boys

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have been fantastic, cheering me through training. Everything I do

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good they start clapping, and that is always good for the confidence.

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I am struggling to remember all the names, but I am working on it.

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what kind of game would you bring to Ulster? I want to be a rock at

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the set-piece. The set piece is the key for most games, so scrum and

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line-out. I want to bring good defensive line speed. Hopefully

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score a few tries and hang it on the wing! We have seen some big

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tries over the years, one against Wales a remember. Yes, indeed. I am

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really begin forwards to playing some good gains here. I'm just

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really excited to be here. What have you heard about Ravenhill?

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bit of a fortress. I have met - - made - - met a lot of supporters

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and they have been very welcoming. Straight into the starting line-up.

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David Humphreys is talking live together and Andrews. How big a

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boost is that they have John in action tonight? It is a huge boost.

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The Irish players coming back has been a boost to the whole squad.

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What about Stefan Terblanche and? Well, we will get him on a plane

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hopefully early next week. Given the run of results, how significant

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is tonight? Every results issue to significant. Tonight is a big game

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because it is Connaught and there is a big log jam in the middle of

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the table and we need a win to put us in the top half of the table.

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Looking forward to the next couple of weeks, that's what we want to do.

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John Afoa will only be here for a couple of weeks before he has to go

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back to be best man at a friend's wedding before returning. How big a

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lift is it to get in here for two games? A player of his calibre will

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lift everybody, especially after winning the World Cup. It will give

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energy to the team. I think you will have a big impact tonight's

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and the other two front-row players are back from the World Cup, so

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that will help as well. Jared Payne got injured and they have signed a

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short-term replacement, Stefan Terblanche. When he comes, what

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kind of impact can he bring? He has got a wealth of experience. He has

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been around a long time. An international player and he is a

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world-class player. He reads the game exceptionally well and is a

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very balanced player, very composed. I think he will be a good servant.

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He played 14 out of 16 games for the Sharks in the Currie Cup this

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year and scored four tries on his debut against Ireland in 1998. It

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is a short-term fix that the need with Jared Payne out. No question.

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It is a good time to put this in now. They are heading into an

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important part of the season. They need to get into the Heineken Cup

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and make a good start. Hopefully he brings that extra spark. Can you

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put your finger on what just as come wrong with Ulster and the last

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four performances? It is hard to picture finger on it. They have

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just got to be very composed. I think there has been a lack of

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leadership collectively. A team full of Indians is better than a

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team full of chiefs. How big a factor is a loss of confidence for

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a team, which seems that Ulster had. It is not an unusual thing to

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happen. It is about pulling together, the senior players taking

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control and focusing on getting those results. It is a fine to

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pinpoint. Once you get a few wins and your belt second run the other

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way for a Jew. Rory Best and Stephen Ferris will be both out

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tonight. The first time for Stephen in a long time. That has got to be

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a big lift. Not just the fans, but also for a third team to. I am

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looking forward to see if Rory Best can continue to form of this life

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at the World Cup and bring it to Ravenhill. I thought Rory Best had

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a world class World Cup. He is a leader, a talisman and he will lift

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things, as well Stephen Ferris. a word on Connaught tonight? I am

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surprised that the number of changes that have been made. And

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they played well against Cardiff, so the form has been good. I am not

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sure what Eric is thinking, and it is a bit surprising the line-up.

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Were you surprised that Niall O'Connor did not start at Number

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Ten for Connaught? A little bit. It is difficult to know maybe what is

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going on, he could be carrying a few knocks. He has bedded himself

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well in down at Connaught. They are in form. Ulster are fragile at the

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minute. If Connaught get on top of them early, God knows what could

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happen. We always loved Irish Macros. For Ulster this is very

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important. They need a win to steady the nerves. The Heineken Cup

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next it is very important and the need a good start at home for that.

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Thank you both very much. Our commentary team is Ryan Constable,

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the men from the West. A lovely crispy evening tonight. A couple of

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changes in the pack. Thomas Anderson returns to Ravenhill.

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Eoghan Grace also starts. Gavin Duffy is the skipper. It has been a

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while since Connaught was ahead of Ulster in the table. This is an

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Ulster side who will be desperate to put an end to an alarming slump.

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The word crisis has not been used at this stage, but Ulster will not

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want to lose five on the bounce after having won their first three

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games. Rory Best and Stephen Ferris make this season's debuts after the

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World Cup. Ruan Pienaar's injury means a recall for Paul Marshall.

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Darren Cave gets the nod at outside centre. Simon Danielli is at

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fullback for the second game in a row. There is in John, who has

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swapped the All Blacks strip for the all-white strip. Had the

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referee is from Tipperary. - - and of the kick-off, and Paul Marshall

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puts plenty of height on that. Knocked forward by, it - - not

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of the ball, but they did it illegally so the first penalty

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ghost Ulster. Ulster look is that they mean business. By will

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certainly be happy with the opening. A regulation take, I could kick and

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now they have the penalty. A very positive start from Ulster.

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Humphreys on a pretty perfect night for goal-kicking has elected to go

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for the posts. He was looking forward to playing against his old

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team-mates Niall O'Connor, but he That is not only a very good kick,

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but such a confidence booster for himself and his team. Each could

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see that impact Stephen Ferris can have, shrugging tackler as a way.

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He can certainly inspire his team Great enterprise from Ulster, Paddy

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Wallace, gets across the 22. Again, Paul Marshall Shipping to kick. And

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that is what he does. Andrew Trimble but the chase. Wonderful

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take from Shearer no Harron. -- O'Hanlon. Could take from Simon

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Danielli. Plenty of support in white journeys. Jerseys. Humphreys

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was well covered by Wilkinson. good hands, identifying the overlap

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and preserving the space on the outside. Those magic feet, very

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good tackle. They could have taken a couple of the back row forwards

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But that was the Kevin -- clever kick into space. That almost worked

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out nicely. Heavy kick from Petrie Bannenberg. He likes to run-up the

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opposition players. He took his eye off that for a second. That is good

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support from the men in green. Ulster trying to squeeze towards

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the touchline. And the ball was held off the ground. The referee

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has given the scrum to Ulster. So, the Defence working well as well.

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The line speed has been one of the key features of Ulster over the

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last few years and that is one of the key aspects you look for at the

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beginning of the game. That get their first few of the

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scrummaging ability of the New Zealand World Cup winner. That was

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untidy. Just a fraction closer. Keep your head and shoulders above

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the hips. Tom Court, pressed into service at short notice last week,

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the tight-head prop, because of the failure of Declan Fitzpatrick. He

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did pretty well at loose end. Against the youngster from New

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Zealand. Rodney Ah You. He has taken the Irish international

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straight down. I think it is a bit far out to contemplate going for

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the post. The angle is mitigating against that. They will try to get

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at line-out working and an opportunity for the drive and try

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to establish some dominance up front. No angle to work with but

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Ian Humphreys has put in a very good kick and has put Ulster into a

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very good attacking position. Seven minutes played. Ulster have taken a

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couple of players out of the line- out. One of them, ominously,

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Stephen Ferris. Rory Best. Pedrie Wannenburg. Untidy. John a full

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well. Plenty of support from his new team-mates. Rory Best. That

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great World Cup he had in every aspect of the game. Trimble. Simon

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Danielli, managed to give it away to Craig Gilroy but it was forward.

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Good defence from Connacht. They came up quickly and did not break

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their line at all. The second man, trying to get around the corner but

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read very well. Andrew Trimble just offloading. He tips the ball off to

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Craig Gilroy. The referee has got around to the side were the ball

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has been put in. The loose-head side. Brett Wilkinson is up against

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John Afoa. Ulster get that early squeeze. Interesting that he

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brought them back and they have taken a quick tap. It was made in

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front of the referee. Not much option but to go to the end.

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Underneath, Simon Danielli. Andrew Trimble supporting. Here is Stephen

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Ferris. Well taken by another Irish international. Dan Tuohy. Also need

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the quick ball and they have got it. Nicely done. Just gets inside

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Wilkinson. Support from Stephen Ferris. Dan Tuohy, again. Johann

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Muller is there. Humphreys. Paddy Wallace. How delicately placed is

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that? Very. No, it's not! I thought that was in. It has gone straight

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into touch. From here, it looked like Paddy Wallace had put in the

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most delicate of kicks. Small margins on that occasion. Just a

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little too much. Reports from the assistant referee... There might

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have been a high tackle on the part of Rodney Ah You. Kay 10 down,

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please. -- keep them down. He has been told exactly what that was

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four. In goes Stephen Ferris. It was marginal. I have seen a lot

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worse being let go. Stephen Ferris is none the worse for that.

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Tactically correct but not too much damage done. Ulster having a good

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run of possession, here. They need to turn some of that possession

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into territory. That was a good kick from Paddy Wallace. The only

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Ulster man to be involved in three Rugby World Cups. He did not get

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much time in any of them. Rory Best. He did not get that one right. That

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was a good steal from Connacht. Penalty against Ulster for coming

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in the side. Oh! That isn't like Johann Muller. Something has really

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annoyed him. Fisticuffs breaking out. Former team-mates having a

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real go. It must have been something quite serious to prompt

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him to swing his fist. It will be interesting to see what the referee

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says... Excuse me... Move back. Five? 7 Kay men after the initial,

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from the distance. Did he make contact? I did not say. Yes? OK.

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Yes, perfect. Captains? Come here. No. 7 from one side or the other

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came in a legally, it seems. penalty will remain from the side.

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You stay away and the next player who gets involved, I will have no

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option. Have a word. Have a word. Let us see what happened... That is

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what the penalty was for. I am not sure what prompted the fisticuffs.

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Johann Muller had a swing at somebody. He must have felt that

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something had gone on that he was not happy with. Who knows what they

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get up to within those tight exchanges. The result is a penalty

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standing with Connacht. They have not had much ball in the opening 10

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minutes. I'm sure he has got himself back to his normally

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composed self-. Not the greatest piece of possession. Connacht have

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lost 10 metres. George Naoupu. Born in Christchurch. Could offer it.

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Some thrust from Connacht. Paul O'Donohue. Adrian Flavin. They have

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got themselves a penalty. And the referee has asked Paul O'Donohoe to

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come back. Connacht are not happy with that. Some needle coming into

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this game. Yes, it is an awards ceremony tomorrow night in Belfast

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but that one could have been a nomination. It was a little tap and

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they made the most of it. What happened to him? Johann Muller just

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gave 10 and shelve and down he went. -- gave him a shove. I do not know

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if he would even get nominated for that one! It is the second penalty

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given away by Ulster, probably unnecessarily. Connacht have

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advanced into the Ulster 22 for the first time. Paddy Wallace's father.

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Just on the left-hand side. I am not sure who the pretty lady in

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pink is. It is important for Ulster to concentrate on the basics. They

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cannot let any unsettling attacks from Connacht disrupt their

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continuity. Adrian Flavin, taking his time. Ulster grappling a way.

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Connacht moving forward. That was good possession from Connacht.

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Rodney Ah You, quite explosive from a standing start. George Naoupu.

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Watkinson is in there. This is a good piece of play from the

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forwards from Connacht. Miah Nikora. Nearly the intercept. Well taken by

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Darren Cave. Paul O'Donohoe again. Beaten by Stephen Ferris. Miah

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Nikora, nearly three. Well covered by Pedrie Wannenburg. Good

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continuity from Connacht. And they are still pressing. Paul O'Donohoe.

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Brett Wilkinson, the veteran. Ulster have conceded another

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penalty. Paul O'Donohoe. Michael Swift. This is great stuff from

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Connacht. Miah Nikora. Craig Gilroy. He just about got away with that.

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That will be interesting. When the referee bring them back for the

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penalty? I think so. It will be a penalty to Connacht at the other

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side of the park. Dangerous times for Ulster. Paul O'Donohoe are

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doing very well around the fringes, he is stepping himself and creating

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opportunities and that was a nasty moment for Ulster, were recovered

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by Craig Gilroy. The much more experienced Frank Murphy had a

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number of years playing in the English Premiership but Paul

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O'Donohoe has certainly justified Ulster had been on the back for it

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ever since, mainly thanks to mistakes and penalties. Miah Nikora

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has the chance to put some points on the board. Not a breath of wind

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at Ravenhill. He turned away as soon as he had hit it. That brings

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it back to level pegging. What Connaught are doing well are

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sending runners of the fringes. They are getting over the advantage

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line and that is creating the unsettled defence and Ulster are

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trying to slow possession down around Iraq and are being penalised

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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of Ulster can move this. Tom Court was just back in the middle of that

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and slowed everything up. Still against Connaught. Taken quickly by

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Marshall. Pedrie Wannenburg could just not quite hold. It is going to

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be at Connaught scrum. Increasing the tempo is incredibly important

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for Ulster. Stephen Ferris offloading their, and they were

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unable to hold its, unfortunately. It is that tempo that they need in

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their game. Good covering their by seems like he has been around for

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ever. He has played over 113 league games for Connaught. Unfortunately,

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Michael Swift is going off. That will not do it the Connaught said

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peace any good. He is such a great scrummager. Dave Gannon is coming

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on to play his 59th league game for Connaught. John Muldoon is a back-

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row forwards and has also on the bench for Connaught. This is a

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chance for Ulster to put on some pressure. There is still fun and

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games going on and decide between Rodney Ah You and Tom Court. The

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pitch is starting to cut up pretty slightly, it is in good condition

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but it is soft after all the rain George Naoupu did very well to

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clean all that up for Connaught. Once again Ulster have taken

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Stephen Ferris and Chris Henry out Great defence by them. Can they

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hanging on to him. I'm not sure he was meant to be chasing that kick,

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Rory Best was probably not the one intended. Connaught are coping well

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with the pressure, but if you spend enough time defending in your own

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22, it is inevitable that you will start to his give up points. That

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was nicely struck by Ian Humphreys. This time Connaught shortened line-

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Holding On, says the referee. And yes, Johann Muller hanging on to

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the arm of his opposite number. He will have no complaints about that.

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All the pressure now coming from Ulster, and it has to be converted

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pretty soon. A couple of turnovers at the breakdown, technical

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infringements, that is just increasing the pressure. Connaught

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defend very well. They don't have outstanding individual players, but

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they are coached well and are a good unit. They have three

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internationals in their starting 15 as opposed to 11 from Ulster. Good

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interception by Ulster. That is another good kick by Ian Humphreys.

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Turnover ball, he looked at the options and decided to put it deep.

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Once again, it is building pressure and maintaining their position

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inside the 22. A week ago that tactical kicking from Ulster was a

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A very good all-round footballer, Gavin Duffy. He has won 10 caps for

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Ireland. Interestingly, he has never played at home for Ireland's.

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At very confident footballer. He seems to be very composed, what

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:40:12.:40:40.

ever he is doing. He is one of the be a penalty to Ulster. Good to see

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Simon Danielli wanting to get involved. He had a difficult week

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last week, but it was difficult for everybody. He is really pitting

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some speed on the ball and allowing players to take angles of them.

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Ulster have not been able to dominate the breakdown area and get

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the clean ball they require. That discussing some of the finer points

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of scrummaging. Rory Best had an outstanding World Cup campaign and

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a lot of people in the media talking about him being the best

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:41:45.:41:48.

hooker at the World Cup. So, Ian Humphreys from the opposite fight -

:41:48.:41:58.
:41:58.:42:10.

- opposite side of the field from have got to get all your penalties.

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If he sold the game last night between Leinster and Munster, Jonny

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sexting got seven penalties out of seven and that is the sort of

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return you would expect from your number one goalkeeper. - - goal

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low, as that is the only way to off the ball, and now the referee

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line-out. 28 minutes played and it is still honours even. Ulster just

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have not been able to get past the third or 4th fears. Connacht - -

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they are defending very well against Ulster. Rory Best having a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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on the part of Ulster not going to is nicely done by Tiernan

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O'Halloran. Pedrie Wannenburg did enough to slow up the attack. Great

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action from the hooker. Adrian Flavin. 32 years of age. Mike

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McCarthy. And that could Ulster Defence forces him to kick but he

:45:25.:45:35.
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has kicked very well. Taken quickly by Ulster. Simon Danielli. The

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Ulster forwards have had to bond a long way back. -- wrong. Ian

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Humphreys, waiting to receive the ball from Paul Marshall. It will go

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to one of the tight forwards. Better position for Paul Marshall.

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He keeps it infield. Paul O'Donohoe. Here is Paul Hanlon. Fetu'u

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Vainikolo. Can Ulster turn this one over? Brian Tuohy goes then. Paul

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O'Donohoe has a little glance. Well covered by David Humphreys. Awarded

:46:49.:46:59.
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the mark of the fair catch. Simon Danielli. It has not carried into

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touch. That was cleverly done. Well read by Paul Marshall. He took the

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tackle well. Knocked forward by Connacht. Advantage to Ulster. And

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it will be the Ulster scrum. Quite scrappy. Not a huge amount of play

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going on. Three or four phases a little errors creeping in. Nobody

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is stamping authority on two things. Tom Court down. But that was a bit

:47:35.:47:40.

problem. Paul Marshall, a remarkably has put in an

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extraordinary sequence, he has been in every match-day squad for the

:47:44.:47:51.

last 37 games. 30 last year. He started the first six and had to

:47:51.:48:00.

give way to Ruan Pienaar. He has a nasty hamstring injury. He

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certainly will miss the opening Heineken Cup games. Here in a few

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weeks and then after that, against the Leinster Tigers. He has had a

:48:17.:48:23.

difficult time. But his service has been very good. Certainly stepping

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up to the plate tonight. Maybe it is more than a problem with Tom

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Court's but. He must get up. Straight back into the scrum. Tom

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Court had a very good game a tight head last week. And a very good

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World Cup for Ireland. He must be the warmest person in Ravenhill!

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Just over seven minutes remaining. It has been a very scrappy first

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half at Ravenhill. The front row have got their act together. Good

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show from Ulster. Knocked forward by Connacht. Paul Marshall has

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taken too much out of the ball. Ulster had the dominant scrum, it

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was moving forward and then it got scrappy and Ulster were probably

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too dominant for their own good on that occasion. They have another

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chance. The referee says, good scrum. Will they maintain their

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ball. Ian Humphreys, not standing at outside-half. Here goes Darren

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Cave. Taken by Eoghan Grace. The referee has got in the way. Penalty

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against Connacht, taken quickly by Paul Marshall. Here is Pedrie

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Wannenburg. Simon Danielli in the middle of that. Rory Best. He takes

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the tackle. Paul Marshall again. Here is David Humphreys. More

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promising. The referee says play on. That has gone amiss. Paul Marshall

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has picked it up. There is a great chance for Ulster. Here comes Simon

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Danielli! His foot on the gas. Chris Henry. Played on. Quicker

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ball for Ulster. David Humphreys. That was a good transfer. Knocked

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forward by Darren Cave and the try was there for the taking. An Ulster

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seemingly very nervous and not quite able to put that final

:51:17.:51:23.

crucial scoring pass together. There was a real lack of composure.

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Simon Danielli moved it forward, it looked like he would get around and

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then the recycled ball and that huge overlap. Stephen Ferris,

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preserving the space. And just not going to hand. Symptomatic of

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Ulster this evening, small mistakes robbing them of that next phase and

:51:42.:51:47.

being able to get that scoring opportunity. When you do not take

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them, you tend to get frustrated and force things. Ulster will have

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to force this that they are going pack. Connacht more than standing

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up to them. Ulster will need that next week against term want. They

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love to scrummage. Watching Leinster against London Irish

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earlier, there was a penalty try from the scrum and a couple against

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the head. The Hansson investigation of that ahead of them. -- they have

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some. A couple of minutes before the interval. That was a good shove

:52:47.:52:53.

by Ulster. Into touch. And the referee has awarded the line-out

:52:53.:52:57.

because it came off the Connacht player. Ulster would prefer that

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because they have more options. It should release the Ulster back line.

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So far, they have not made much of a dent in the Connacht defence.

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Without the lion's share of possession, will they have the

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energy to insure the about a defence they have had to take in

:53:19.:53:28.

the first half? Stephen Farrans, the assessed. Paul Marshall. Pedrie

:53:28.:53:32.

Wannenburg. Nicely done by Paddy Wallace. He needs the quick ball

:53:32.:53:40.

and they have got it. Humphreys. Darren Cave. Nobody really in the

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right position to receive the pass. Paul Marshall might switch to his

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right. It is a bit slow. Connacht have had time to stream the men

:53:51.:53:57.

across. Simon Danielli. Pedrie Wannenburg. Too far away from the

:53:57.:54:05.

heart of the action. Tom Court, likewise. Better a ball from Ulster.

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Rory Best. He scored the try against Connacht last season in

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this very fixture at Ravenhill. Here comes Humphreys! Gilroy! The

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first try. What a score from the youngster! His second of the season.

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And all that Ulster pressure and this time they kept their composure

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and they put the passes together and it was just about perfect. A

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exactly what Ulster needed, to score going into half-time. Rory

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Best drives at forward and then managed to get possession. Then Ian

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Humphreys and that little inside ball, clever run from Trimble.

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Halting the Connacht defence. Maybe some interference but you take what

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you can get. And an excellent finish from Craig Gilroy. He really

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has a great guy and a nose for this. It was clever-dick called. That was

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now on perfect. And he finishes very cleverly. -- cleverly called.

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He has only got one try this season He has gone the other side. So, one

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kick out of three attempts for Ian Humphreys. But the crucial time is

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that period of five minutes before and after the interval. An Ulster

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have taken advantage. They will be reasonably happy. That might just

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to reassure them and give them more composure on the ball. They are not

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searching for that try, they have established the lead and able want

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to take that into the second half. They do not want to concede

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anything silly. Paul Marshall. He has put that into the atmosphere,

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somewhere. Paul Marshall having a word with his back line. Craig

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Gilroy standing on the outside-half position. Well taken by Connacht.

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Paul O'Donohoe. Miah Nikora has to juggle. Duffy uses that great

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strength of his. The referee says the word more. And Ulster have held

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Duffy off the ground. In goes Mike McCarthy. If they stop, the referee

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will give the scrum to Ulster. And that should be half-time. Good

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defensive play from Ulster. And although Ulster had the advantage,

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they will not try for anything more. And that is the end of a very

:57:23.:57:28.

scrappy first half. Bright and by that Craig Gilroy attempt at the

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end. And that unconverted try from Craig Gilroy sees Ulster are going

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in for a much-needed break and a It is Guy Fawkes' Night, we were

:57:56.:58:01.

expecting fireworks. With the debut of the World Cup winner and World

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Cup stars returning but as yet there have not been too many

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fireworks except for the last couple of minutes. Ian Humphreys

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with that solid penalty. The touchpaper was lit momentarily.

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That soon fizzled out. Some pressure from Connacht leading to

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three points. Miah Nikora slotting over that very nice kick. And

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eventually, just before half-time, all that Ulster pressure paid off

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with Craig Gilroy preaching the defence. And that separates the

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sides at half-time. 8 - 3. Eddie O'Sullivan and Andy Ward have been

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watching with me. Give me a assessment. Up until that score it

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was pretty poor. Some huff and puff but going nowhere. Early in the

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have, also played too much in their own half and they give away silly

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penalties. But then they turned round and played for position and

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put the pressure on, and eventually got that try but it did need to

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arrive before half-time and they have their foothold now. A Ulster

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dominating possession. Does the team still look lacking in

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confidence? Very much so. They really need to get forward with the

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ball. Ulster at their best when the ball comes out quickly. Paul

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Marshall needs to get the ball away quickly. There are a lot of players

:59:40.:59:45.

who want to go forward but it's not happening. Ulster deserving of

:59:45.:59:51.

their lead at half-time? Yes, they deserve to lead and they should be

:59:51.:59:56.

ahead by more. There have been occasions when Connacht have been

:59:56.:00:02.

for the taking. Silly mistakes, fumbles, and Connacht got off the

:00:02.:00:10.

hook. It takes pressure off them going into the half-time. It has

:00:10.:00:19.

been pretty scrappy. When they get the quick ball, they are effective?

:00:19.:00:24.

Just slowing them down. Craig Gilroy comes down nicely. Uses his

:00:24.:00:32.

feet. There was that build up. They know what they're trying to achieve.

:00:32.:00:39.

What about Kilroy? Perfect finishing. He changes direction and

:00:39.:00:44.

scores really well. He had a line very well. That was a well-taken

:00:44.:00:47.

try and force you can hold onto the ball, when they get into that

:00:47.:00:56.

strikes and, they have the players. But they have to hold onto the ball.

:00:56.:01:02.

Plenty of ball. As we can see... This sums up their night. Nothing

:01:02.:01:10.

was really going well. Nothing going right. Ian was up on his own.

:01:10.:01:18.

Not having the bounce of the ball. There is no real penetration. Those

:01:18.:01:24.

last couple of passes, that was 50 - 50. That could have gone anywhere.

:01:24.:01:29.

But they have regained this. Darren Cave is a good player but he should

:01:29.:01:33.

have taken that ball. It is all about possession and building

:01:33.:01:42.

momentum and pressure. Those little mistakes, they are symptomatic of a

:01:42.:01:45.

team getting frustrated. They know they should be playing better. They

:01:45.:01:51.

were snatching up the ball a key moments. They have to hold on. Just

:01:51.:01:56.

keep the pressure on Connacht and the opportunities will arise. If

:01:56.:01:59.

they get another score in the second half they can relax but

:01:59.:02:04.

Connacht have also made their mark, they have defended well and have

:02:04.:02:08.

held onto the ball. They have not been a real threat. Only when

:02:08.:02:16.

Ulster got sloppy. But if Ulster trust themselves on the defence,

:02:16.:02:21.

they cannot worry too much. But they have to hold composure.

:02:21.:02:26.

Ulster tried to throw the ball around too much? -- are also

:02:26.:02:33.

trying? Ian Humphreys was very smart, he got field position and

:02:33.:02:38.

they did create chances. It is those little mistakes. Those forced

:02:38.:02:45.

opportunities. They have got their hold on the game. This was one of

:02:45.:02:51.

the best moments. The opportunity was there. And they responded. Just

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hold your head, do not force anything. Connacht were in big

:02:57.:03:05.

trouble. It is all about having patience, you put teams under

:03:05.:03:10.

pressure by holding onto the ball and then they start to panic.

:03:10.:03:15.

Ulster are just coughing this up a little bit too much. Ulster are at

:03:15.:03:22.

their best when they're going forward. Forcing passes. Those tiny

:03:22.:03:32.
:03:32.:03:32.

things. Those are the small turning-points. They were trying so

:03:33.:03:41.

hard to get their form. You have to play into it. When Ulster made

:03:41.:03:44.

mistakes, Connacht tried to capitalise and played some good

:03:44.:03:50.

territory? It is hard to control the game. This was after a number

:03:50.:03:55.

of phases. Connacht got onto the front foot and they do hold onto

:03:55.:04:01.

the ball well. This was speculative. But that was on the back of the

:04:01.:04:08.

penalty so it did seem like 50 - 50. That led to those three points. If

:04:08.:04:12.

you put Connacht in field position, like earlier in the game, not

:04:12.:04:16.

trusting defence and giving away silly penalties, they will hold

:04:16.:04:20.

onto the ball and force you into mistakes. At that point, you have

:04:20.:04:26.

to worry for Ulster. But Ulster have to build on this and they

:04:26.:04:30.

score early in the second half, they can have victory but they must

:04:30.:04:34.

again get back into this game of wearing down Connacht. No silly

:04:34.:04:44.
:04:44.:04:46.

stuff. What have you made of your fellow Kiwi, John a full? Very good,

:04:46.:04:51.

the scrum has been a major concern. It is good to see that it has been

:04:51.:04:55.

sure-footed. There is a good platform, it looks solid and

:04:55.:04:59.

threatening. That is a good thing. That is an international front row

:04:59.:05:05.

and that is what Ulster needs. is talented. As good as you'll find

:05:05.:05:11.

in Europe. You can see come out being put under terrible pressure

:05:11.:05:17.

and they are struggling. It depends on how many scrums. It becomes a

:05:17.:05:22.

major issue when five metres from the line. The scrum is a good

:05:22.:05:31.

platform. The line-out has been a fee for both sides. -- the line-out

:05:31.:05:39.

has been problematic. Other than that, he has done well. Everybody

:05:39.:05:47.

wants to see him running. He is a good footballer. Even though he has

:05:47.:05:51.

number three on his back, he is comfortable with the ball and his

:05:51.:05:55.

hand and that is one thing you get from the southern hemisphere. They

:05:55.:05:59.

are as comfortable as the winners on the ball. That can only be good

:05:59.:06:06.

for Ulster in due course. Thank you. We always want to hear from you.

:06:06.:06:15.

Send your thoughts to Twitter. One player who has enhanced his

:06:16.:06:20.

reputation is Rory Best. And with many pundits he was on their team

:06:20.:06:30.
:06:30.:06:33.

of the tournament. Gavin Andrews Rory Best enjoys a quiet life off

:06:33.:06:43.
:06:43.:06:51.

the pitch. But things are very different on the pitch. What a try!

:06:51.:06:54.

On the family farm outside Banbridge, he mucks in but rugby is

:06:54.:07:02.

never far away from his thoughts. This conversion is a one-off.

:07:02.:07:06.

is already a lot of practice, it takes the elements out of it. I can

:07:06.:07:11.

come home from training and do my own practice. I can spend an hour

:07:11.:07:15.

every evening just throwing 80 balls and trying to get everything

:07:15.:07:24.

right for Saturday night. Basically, it is an old been from the farm,

:07:24.:07:29.

and myself and my father modified this so that I could throw lots of

:07:29.:07:35.

balls. I think I can see the benefits. From the tail-end of last

:07:35.:07:44.

season, the Six Nations, the line- outs went well. Myself and Stephen

:07:44.:07:48.

are coming back in, we have been part of the Ireland team that went

:07:48.:07:53.

very well and then lost in the quarter-final. We have enjoyed some

:07:53.:08:01.

unbelievable highs but also a few lows. We felt that we should be in

:08:01.:08:07.

the top four. And we have not taken that. It was disappointing. It was

:08:07.:08:10.

great that so many people turned up and they said that we did the

:08:10.:08:15.

country proud. But it was strange because we did not see it that way.

:08:15.:08:19.

We really felt that it was a chance that had gone by. And we let

:08:19.:08:24.

everyone down. There are very few things that are more important than

:08:24.:08:29.

rugby but you feel that you let your family down whenever you sun

:08:29.:08:33.

comes over and gives you a big hug and your father round your wife

:08:33.:08:38.

tell you how well you have done. You can take some solace from that.

:08:38.:08:45.

For a split-second you forget about it. It is great winning things for

:08:45.:08:49.

Ireland but there is something extra special trying to win

:08:49.:08:55.

something with Ulster. Sometimes it is too much of a fantasy when it

:08:55.:09:03.

comes to getting stuck in with the forwards. But when you go away from

:09:03.:09:07.

it, there is that mindset that you should be going out to hurt teams

:09:07.:09:13.

and that you heard them in the first minute, you can do it. This

:09:13.:09:22.

Ulster team is more than capable. That is what Ulster will be looking

:09:22.:09:27.

for in the second half. Leinster and Munster were back in action at

:09:27.:09:30.

last night at the Aviva Stadium. And it was Jonathan Sexton who

:09:30.:09:36.

kicked seven penalties out of seven. And that helped Leinster keep

:09:36.:09:42.

bragging rights and Rob Kearney also dropped a fantastic drop goal

:09:42.:09:46.

to help Leinster to that 24 - 19 victory and that helps keep

:09:46.:09:56.

Leinster top of the table. 8 - 3 at half-time. The next score will be

:09:56.:10:02.

critical? I think so, it will be the big difference. If Ulster score

:10:02.:10:07.

early on, they should win the game comfortably but if Connacht score,

:10:07.:10:13.

it is back on. Ulster are being fickle with their confidence.

:10:13.:10:20.

Ulster need to pick up where they left out. They need to kick on from

:10:20.:10:25.

here. To see that confidence coming back. Thank you. The Ulster crowd

:10:25.:10:31.

are in good voice tonight at the Ulster rugby headquarters. Back to

:10:31.:10:41.
:10:41.:10:45.

European Cup campaign will be over. An Ulster are really using this as

:10:45.:10:49.

a dress rehearsal to take on a mighty Clermont. This man will

:10:49.:10:53.

certainly be needed against the French giants because they can

:10:53.:11:00.

scrummage like nobody else. And they have to go without John a full

:11:01.:11:06.

offer that game against the Leinster Tigers. Will they be happy

:11:06.:11:16.
:11:16.:11:47.

and 40 minutes? We are about to confident start by Ulster. Yes, an

:11:47.:11:50.

excellent restart. For Ulster there is a number of players coming back

:11:50.:11:54.

into the fold. New players arriving. They have to assimilate into the

:11:54.:11:58.

team. They looked nervous on the ball. They will look for more

:11:58.:12:01.

confidence in what they're doing in the second half. They are coming

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back for the line-out to Ulster inside the Connacht 22. It was hit

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by a Connacht lake and therefore the ball was effectively carried

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back inside the 22 and the direct kick into touch meant that Ulster

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Tom Court who has done it. Excellent composure from Ulster.

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They established their territory, went around the fringes in pairs

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and eventually just broke down this Connacht defence. Composure is the

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key. A real intensity of purpose in Tom Court had set it up. He did not

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rest on his laurels at all. He is lurking with serious intent and

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squeezed underneath for the second Ulster try of the evening. That is

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what we talk about, composure on the ball, no panic, throwing the

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ball out to the backs. The forwards knew if they maintained possession

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and went through the phases, eventually connect running out of

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numbers. He has enjoyed that, as all prop forwards do. By the time

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he gets home he will have run in for his own 22. How did you do

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that? We will talk about that later UN Ulster stand. It is looking a

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missed two of the three in the first half, that is the way to

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electronic clock. We will try to keep you up-to-date. We have played

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about four minutes in the second half. Ulster have increased their

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and the first chance from this particular viewpoint does the the

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players. The problem seems to be the... The referee goes round to

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gained and celebrating with his 6th league try. Referee Rat Pack --

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REFEREE: Once the ball is square and steady weekend scrum, OK? Clear.

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Let him get his boys. The referee insisting that Tom Court be allowed

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to get his bang in. It is difficult Connacht will get a foot into the

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from playing professional rugby and go back to his medical studies

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because of an ongoing hip problem. Thomas Anderson also played in that

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side. Some excellent work there by Trimble. It was either Wallace or

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another player holding up the Connacht player. A couple of times

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they have done that, keep the player off the ground. It is

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therefore a maul. The FT goes to left-hand corner of your screen.

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Cent -- seven 1/2 minutes played in Ulster crowd. The referee is

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Ulster. Chris Henry has up and fit again. It is going to be an Ulster

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line-out. A good passage of play by Ulster. A opportunistic, Ulster

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floating, running from depth and pace. Good support lines. Whilst

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playing the advantage the move breaking down. Eric Elwood, the

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former Irish international, Ireland's number one and number ten

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in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, took over the reins at

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Connacht from Michael Bradley, who Good covering back by Connacht.

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Great support played by Paddy Wallace for Ulster. There was a

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great chance here, ferries had a little bit of a cheque and stepped

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back inside and again, Ulster recycling the ball. There was a

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decent chance here, a forward pass there and it did not make a false -

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- it did not make the task any easier and he could not get it away

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to Craig Gilroy and the advantage was lost. He read it well

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defensively. We see Chris Henry receiving treatment. There was a

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clash with the man we seen leaving Rogers. The South African from east

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took his eye off the ball slightly and spilled at Ford and the referee

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will give the scrum to connect. disappointing end to a promising

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passage of play by Ulster. Excellent ball security in the face

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of stern defence by Connacht, going through the phases. Throwing the

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dummy, the ball coming out of the hands. Here's looking for Simon

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Danielli to come in on the angle at got a consolation pat on the head

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by his team-mate. The crowd have more to get enthusiastic about.

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That is the replacement Connacht prop who is on, Dylan Rogers. A 27-

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year-old from East London. From South Africa. Rory Best having a

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book replacement and another couple have Connacht replacements coming

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on. Two more in the front row, but those collisions. They were getting

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the ascendancy in the breakdown. That is allowing them to get

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football, that is when they are dangerous. Connacht quite

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rightfully reacting to bat with fresh substitutes. Two of the more

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experienced members of Connacht's front row players, Brett Wilkinson

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and love-in going off. It is an entirely new Connacht front row

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against this international Costa the ground. They have done well to

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get that back, Connacht. It is safe for Connacht. 15 - 3. Humphreys.

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Stephen Frears, he seemed to lose his footing. Paul Marshall. Simon

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Danielli. Andrew Trimble! Well, he did that well. Paul Marshall did

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even better. Tom Court, somebody is injured for Ulster. Simon Danielli.

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And again, Connacht have managed to get themselves into a very good

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defensive position. Chris Henry. He does well. Stephen Ferris is down

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and injured. And are very concerned referee has penalised Ulster

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underneath the posts. Stephen Ferris is down. I do not think it

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is his knee, it is the ankle. That isn't good news. His feet went from

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underneath him. We were looking on. He'd just slips on the foot. That

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looked absolutely awful. That is his ligament. Having lost Jared

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Payne and Ruan Pienaar. And Stephen Ferris is up. You would really have

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expected somebody to come on with and gone and put him out of his

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misery but it is a long way from that. Will he stay on? I think so.

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15 - 3. Ulster will be Conservative if there is any doubt. Stephen

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Ferris has obviously said to the medical staff, let me get on with

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it. Because he is desperate to play for Ulster. He has not played for

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Ulster sense that away game when he got himself injured. It looks like

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Connacht are making another change. It might be John Muldoon coming on,

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vastly experienced. Connacht have cleared their lines and they have

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got the line-out. Off goes a Eoghan Grace, John Muldoon welcome on.

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Mike McCartney might go on to the second row. Best, did well. He set

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that up nicely. Dan Tuohy. One of his quieter evening. Paul Marshall.

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Well taken, lovely offload by it Stephen Ferris. Paul Marshall again.

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Paddy Wallace. Disjointed by Ulster and this is Pedrie Wannenburg.

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Connacht, right on the line. David Humphreys. There were four men

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outside him. Tom Court was down and injured. And Connacht have turned

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that one over. Good work. Tries to turn Paddy Wallace. Did he step in

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to touch? It was pretty close. In less but well gathered in. And

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gather into touch. Now, concern over Tom Court? The medical staff

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being called on to the pitch. Some tired bodies out there., it will

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feel worse than Ulster given the amount of defensive work they have

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had to go through and Ulster will look to capitalise on that in the

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last 25 minutes. Ian Porter is coming on. Robbie Diack is coming

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on. And Paddy McCallister, likewise. Tom Court isn't ready to go off. If

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there is any doubt, they really need Stephen Ferris. Robbie Diack

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has come on. Lots of changes being made. Taken on by Dave McSharry. 21

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years of age. And he has a lot of support. All of us carry on, it is

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disrupting Ulster a little bit. They have to regain composure. This

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certainly have been in the ascendancy for a little while.

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Defensively, they have held the player up. Paddy Wallace and Ian

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Humphreys, ably assisted by Craig Gilroy on that occasion. Preparing

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to concede that not letting the ball get to ground. Tom Court is

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Pedrie Wannenburg staying. On the Connacht. That was a very good kick

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Afoa. That has been a very satisfactory debut. He had a very

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long flight earlier this week and he has gone straight into the

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jersey. Some light touch us around the pack and as he gets more

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familiar with Ulster, I am sure we will see more of him.

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understanding the local dialect! That was a good line-out from

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Connacht. Paul O'Donohoe. Ulster up very quickly and they're holding up

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the Connacht player. I think it was Fetu'u Vainikolo. Back on to the

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Ulster side. Rory Best looked around to see if there was any

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support. Porter. Dan Tuohy. He is having a bigger influence on this

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game. Connacht have got to get those men out of the way. And there

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was a bit of nonsense involving Pedrie Wannenburg. That was a good

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pick up from Darren Cave. Back inside. He could not quite get that

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pass. And it has been nudged forward yet again and that is maybe

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the third half decent scoring chance that Ulster have put down.

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Darren Cave has been very good in this game with his offloading, he

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carries the ball with two hands. Excellent pick up. He keeps the

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ball alive in the tackle. Simon Danielli going to ground.

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Unfortunately for Ulster, not going to hand. It might well have come

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off that Connacht player. Paddy Wallace could not quite gather.

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Scrum to Ulster. Tom Court struggling. Good to see Darren Cave

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back and playing. We did not see much of him last season because of

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injury. Nevin Spence played 22 successive games for Ulster. This

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is the first time this season that Darren Cave has got the nod for the

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outside centre position. It is the one he prefers most. Only Rory Best

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stays in the position he was in when the game started. This is

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enterprising indeed. Dave McSharry taken underneath his own posts. The

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visitors have the ball. And he kicks. Simon Danielli calls for

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this. Backed up nicely from Andrew Trimble. Good strong, surging run.

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He had such an outstanding series of internationals. Pedrie

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Wannenburg. That was a clever switch from Porter. Back inside to

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Robbie Diack. The tackle was fine. Probably Diack has done well. Paddy

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McCallister. The vastly improving prop forward. Making life so

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difficult for Ulster at the breakdown. Good driving. And

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clearing out from Ulster. Still going forward. Dan Tuohy has done a

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lot of hard work. Humphreys. The door was shot in his face.

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McAllister could not hold that. He was probably in two minds, whether

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to let it go or not. Good pressure coming from Ulster. Once again,

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they are in Connacht territory, inside the 22 I'm going through

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multiple phases. And come out are doing very well not to let the

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floodgates open. 90 minutes left. Ulster really starting to dominate.,

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it might get that changed on the outside half and here is a very

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familiar face. Niall O'Connor. The six-times capped Irish

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international playing his 7th game of the season for Connacht and a

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man who played no fewer than 52 games for Ulster in his years here.

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with the men outside. Darren Cave and Andrew Trimble asking for him

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to come up just a little bit. If come out want to win this game,

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they will have to try to run this. They have to work their way up the

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pitch and be fairly pragmatic and start denying Ulster any chance to

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capitalise on mistakes. Connacht, taken quickly. They try to run it.

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Fetu'u Vainikolo. Paul O'Donohoe. Niall O'Connor. Quickly away. That

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was a very good pass from Niall O'Connor. Good tackling from Andrew

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Trimble. Paul O'Donohoe. Paddy McCallister with the tackle.

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Dangerous, but it has worked out well. Tiernan O'Halloran. Not the

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greatest pass in the world but it was taken well. And he was forced

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to kick it straight into touch. Lots of enterprise from Connacht.

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You have to give them a fair round of applause. It is the first time

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we have really see then use the width available to them, side to

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side and a lot of speculative passes thrown in. Very well

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executed to promote the ball up to the halfway line. Frank Murphy

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coming on. Paul O'Donohoe, who played very well, gives way to the

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man that he replaced in this game. 29 years of age. Frank Murphy. 16

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League games for colic. -- Connacht. Porter. Pedrie Wannenburg. They

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have not really made any ground for that set-piece, Ulster. Well taken

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from Dan Tuohy. Porter. Better pass to Humphreys. Now, Paddy Wallace.

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Well covered by Tiernan O'Halloran. That was a good strike. The main

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man in the number 15 jersey for a number of years. Tom Court. He is

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fine and I also hope Stephen for us will be fine. These men will be

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crucial to the European campaign for Ulster, which begins next week.

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They seem to be enjoying their monstrous tackle and Ulster will be

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delighted to get the put-in to the scrum but they are coming under

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pressure and about 12 minutes remaining. Yes, it looked like a

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Macklin it was, he took a big hit, managed to hold on to the boot

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laces. We have seen in that passage of play Gavin Duffy coming at pace

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very direct, met Cherie doing the same thing. That is what Connacht

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have needed. They have looked fairly impotent in the midfield but

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all the sudden they're getting football, running on the pace,

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dominating the collision. They look to have ignited. Stephenson has

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come on and TUPE has had another busy evening, he has left the field

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Ulster skipper. In his first asked season in his native province.

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impressive form, Macklin, 22 years Vainikolo was concerned. Ian

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Humphreys, a smile of relief, I think. If Connacht had scored

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through that passage of play it would have made foreign interesting

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closure to this game but Ulster clearly in the ascendancy on the

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scoreboard. They have a 12 point buffer. They don't need to do

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anything speculative. They can concede the penalty, that is what

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he did for Ireland always through the World Cup. He acts like that

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forced Beck Row, very good over the ball and strength, you can see

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affecting the tackle. Good technique, shows some space and

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over the ball, forcing the penalty. He forces the Connacht player to

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Humphreys. We're into the last ten minutes of this game. Ulster

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leading 15-three. On Bonfire Night, time to celebrate Hallowe'en here

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more than anything else. What a lovely sight in the Belfast skyline.

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I hope they have a permit for that! are boos but from the Ulster crowd

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towards John Lacey. We have seen what they are capable of, they will

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have to build on that when they play the heavyweights of Europe,

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and other fixtures to come later in the year. If they can get that the

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quick ball we have seen the news so effectively, bring in the likes of

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Trimble and Kilroy out wide, Ulster will move into next week with some

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confidence buoyed from a much- needed victory. Good to see so many

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Connacht supporters have made the journey from the much more

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front row, Ulster with two. McAllister and Mac, the future for

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Ulster. They are decent prospects, are they? Very impressive physical

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specimens. They will be learning the art of scrummaging. They have

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had BJ Botha's tutelage and Tom Court has established himself on

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the international scene and has the referee decides before they went to

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ground that Connacht had done enough to warrant the put into the

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scrum. Connacht's defence has been very impressive. Yes, of standing,

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given the number of phases they have been forced to defend throat -

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- outstanding. They have had personal changes but they have

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slotted into the system. You are looking into defence, it does not

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get any better than that. Andrew Trimble realising the threat and

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neutralising it was perfect effect. point of view, if we can be so bold

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us to say that Ulster are going to win the game, is that they have

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stopped a rather alarming downward spiral. They will move ahead of

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Connacht in the league table but they will be in the bottom half of

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Trust. Penalty against Macklin, for taking that down. Getting his elbow

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tucked in a little bit and causing the Connacht loose-head to buckle

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in would. O'Connor to make some ground for his new province. Not

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his greatest contact but he has seen a change in the attacking

:51:06.:51:11.

fortunes of Connacht, playing with a lot more rhythm, more direct from

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the runners and they have made some incursions into the defensive line,

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unable to convert those into any meaningful points. One or two

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eyebrows were raised when the Connacht starting 15 worry now

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stand it wasn't Frank Murphy and injured. It might be more. But he

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very interesting. Wallace is pretty good at every ball game, whether it

:52:21.:52:28.

is a round ball or an over ball. -- oh well ball. That would have been

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worthy of a soccer-style striker. He could not quite control it.

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wonder whether Duffy may have been looking out of the corner of his

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iron case Trimble was coming flying in to nullify another attack.

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photographer getting a snap or two very well to the weather but also

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recovery from the very nasty leg injury sustained at the start of

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last season. He missed just about He had to stretch for that.

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running lines disrupt a little bit by the retreating scrum and never

:53:58.:54:08.
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really regained their composure whispering that there are two

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minutes of regulation time and I'm pretty sure the great John West,

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one of the best referees Ireland produced down the years, will not

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good stuff, Dave McSharry. Still plenty of energy in the Connacht

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side. This is Niall O'Connor. Not his greatest kick. And a bit of a

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ride bald cheers from the Ulster fans. The man they used to applaud

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on a regular basis. Down the narrow side, nothing available. Enter the

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last minute. Niall O'Connor again. He steps inside. That was good

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covering from Stephenson. And there is time for Connacht to go for the

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corner and tried to force the line- out. But he must give credit to

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them, it has been a spirited performance and Ulster will

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obviously when this game but, to have made it very difficult through

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their application in defence and it had been limited up until the 70th

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minute mark. But they have certainly given everything. That

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was a cracking kick from Niall O'Connor. Jean Alesi has been told

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that the next time the ball goes dead, it will be no side, as they

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:56:30.:56:40.

used to say in the olden days. Somebody might have cramped up. The

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scrummage always causes problems for opposition front rows. The last

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set-piece of the game. What they take from it Johann Muller. Ulster

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could just a book that in to touch but they have not got the ball.

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Johann Muller has won that for Ulster. Is there something left?

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They will certainly try. George Naoupu. Ferocious Ulster tackling.

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Here is O'Connor. That did not work out. Picked up by Ulster. And away

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goes Paddy Wallace. Gilroy! That was a great run from Gilroy. Simon

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Danielli over ran slightly. Porter. Humphreys. He has done well, good

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drive. Porter needs to change the angle and here comes Humphreys.

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Will this be the final round of the game? Individual brilliance from

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Ian Humphreys. Ulster's third try, just when they were waiting for the

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final whistle. And Ian Humphreys has dropped kicked the conversion.

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And Ulster have added another seven points at the death. And it was

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their skipper, Johan Muller, who is down injured. Adam Macklin did

:58:15.:58:25.
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really well to set that up. And Ian Humphreys has finished off the

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evening in style. And as he comes around the corner, Connacht, for

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the first time, just sit back defensively and did not close the

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space and when Ian Humphreys get that slight glimpse of the outside

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break, it is difficult to stop him. The Ulster replacement has come off

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and that final flourish will put them in good form for the stern

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challenge next week against Clermont Auvergne. That is in the

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Heineken Cup. You can hear that on BBC Radio Ulster. And thanks to the

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Irish squad colleagues. It was good to see Rory Best play the entire

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game. He put in a very good performance but we are worried

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about a couple of injuries. Johan Muller is up on his feet again,

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thankfully. Ian Humphreys wedding to his family and friends. More

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stoutly concerning his injury to Johan Muller and he might have done

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his shoulder. There we are, Ulster have gone back to winning ways

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after four successive defeats. They did not quite get the bonus point

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but three tries, two of them in the second half. Fingers crossed that

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Johan Muller will be fined and It all got feisty in the first half.

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But it was not a classic Irish Derby. Ulster's play came in fits

:00:07.:00:11.

and starts. A couple of minutes after the restart, Tom Court scored

:00:11.:00:17.

their second try. Connacht huffed and puffed but could not put any

:00:17.:00:21.

points on the board. Worrying times when Stephen Ferris went down

:00:21.:00:28.

injured but thankfully got back to his feet. And right on the final

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whistle, Ian Humphreys with an individual try sealing the victory

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for Ulster. Three tries. And that is the result. That moves Ulster up

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to 7th place in the RaboDirect Pro12 table. Man of the Match is

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very best. The magnificent trophy, that can go alongside the champagne.

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It was scrappy. The big thing for us, ahead of next week, was to get

:01:04.:01:07.

the wind and there is a lot of aspects of the game that he will

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not be happy with but the big thing is we stopped that losing run and

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we won and onwards and upwards. Connacht put in a very big

:01:16.:01:20.

defensive performance. He cannot underestimate how tough it was to

:01:20.:01:23.

breach that but we did create ample opportunities and we have to look

:01:23.:01:27.

at individual errors. We had chances to put them away with silly

:01:27.:01:34.

knock-ons. Once we keep stepping it up, we have to put this chances

:01:34.:01:39.

away. You look like you enjoyed your first appearance? We enjoyed

:01:39.:01:46.

having him. He is undefeated this season. It was good for him. That

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is what it is all about. Getting world class players on the pitch.

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How did you find it? It was great. It was tough but enjoyable. It

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reminds me of home. And I am looking forward to next week.

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talk about the set piece, you got the basics right? Rory Best hit it

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on the head, it is a win. A good chance to learn the names of the

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team mates. I suppose it was a case of Ulster been very good when they

:02:22.:02:27.

are good but when they were bad, they were fairly ugly? There will

:02:27.:02:33.

be a sense of disappointment. Talking to Rory Best, he wants to

:02:33.:02:36.

win but they got the perfect start in the second half and scored the

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first couple of Bennett's and then you thought about the bonus point

:02:40.:02:46.

and they did not deliver. They try at the very end had no effect. It

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was over. By the table does look better for Ulster but it would have

:02:51.:02:55.

been healthier if they had the bonus point and they will be

:02:55.:03:01.

disappointed they did not. Absolutely. They have gone up the

:03:01.:03:04.

table and that is important thing. But they had a lot of missed

:03:04.:03:08.

opportunities. They created opportunities and did not take them.

:03:08.:03:12.

That is the key. Last year they were taking those. They need to

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step up to the plate. Tom Court with a try at the start of the

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second half, also showed more physicality? They had field

:03:21.:03:26.

position and the one that line-out. Eventually, it broke and Tom got in.

:03:26.:03:33.

It was surely the perfect start. No rocket science, just hard work. And

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at that stage you felt it was set up for them to take on. That did

:03:36.:03:41.

not happen but it was a good try. Again, those errors came in and

:03:42.:03:47.

this was the last play of the game. Had also done something like this

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sailor, the bonus point was for the taking. It is too late in the day.

:03:52.:03:58.

Those opportunities did not really get converted. Rory Best said they

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will be disappointed that they made so many mistakes again tonight.

:04:04.:04:06.

Absolutely, I am pleased to hear him say that individually they have

:04:06.:04:10.

to look at themselves and that is the key ingredient. Everybody has

:04:10.:04:15.

to stand up and put their hand up. Just small things, some of the

:04:15.:04:23.

passes going behind players, for us to go forward, we talked about that,

:04:23.:04:28.

teams need to get back in and we do not convert and that is the big

:04:28.:04:33.

concern. With Europe looming, they have to convert these opportunities.

:04:33.:04:40.

We are things are going your way, these passes stick. You can click.

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A two-night, the opportunities were there, they were left behind.

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problem is that next week in the Heineken Cup, you will not get many

:04:47.:04:52.

opportunities like that so if accuracy is down, you might get

:04:52.:04:56.

more tries out of those chances and that is worrying. They know

:04:56.:05:04.

themselves, they have to get the very allusive but when it happens,

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you can maybe get three or four tries but finishing isn't there.

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How do you assess the chances going into the European Cup? Clermont

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Auvergne at home followed by a Leinster? Two very tough games?

:05:18.:05:22.

There are no easy games in the European Cup, it is all or nothing.

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They need to step up to the plight. Especially at home next week. They

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have a very tough outing and they need to raise their bar. Do you

:05:31.:05:38.

fancy their chances in Europe? is stacked against them. I would

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never bet against Ulster at Ravenhill, you get a good crowd and

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that crowd and it will not be easy. Clermont Auvergne are at the top of

:05:46.:05:51.

the French league but they might come here and get thrown. I would

:05:51.:05:54.

not be too downbeat but they know that their accuracy has to come up

:05:54.:05:59.

a very long way if they're going to trouble them. But there is nothing

:05:59.:06:04.

like a Heineken Cup to focus the mind. By IQ but very much. You will

:06:04.:06:07.

Ravenhill plays host to the first of the Irish provinces in the 2011/12 season as Connacht make the trip to Belfast for round eight of the Pro 12.

Fireworks will be expected on the pitch as this fixture in the previous season saw Ulster ran out convincing winners, scoring three tries in their 11-point victory.

Stephen Watson presents the live action with commentary by Jim Neilly.


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