Ulster suffered a massive blow to their Champions’ Cup hopes as they were soundly beaten 23-13 at the Kingspan Stadium by defending champions Toulon in their Pool Three clash.
The defending champions showed all of their quality as they blew away their hosts at the breakdown and then tore them to shreds in the backs, earning a priceless away victory in this tight pool.
Bryan Habana scored just before half time while Delon Armitage’s intercept score made sure of the win, with Leigh Halfpenny...
How long have we been waiting for this one?
I’m going to forget about last week as there was a lot of divided opinion on here about it. Personally I think we did extremely well to deny them the bonus point and gain one of our own – let’s leave it at that. Meanwhile over in the south of France, tomorrow’s opponents made hard work of putting away the Scarlets, who to their credit were brilliant on the day, and proved that the two-time champions can indeed be defeated.
True, the Scarlets...
It was a case of the proverbial game of two halves at Welford Road as the Leicester Tigers and Ulster played out a pulsating opening match of the Rugby Champions’ Cup, the match ending in a 25-18 home win.
First half tries from Owen Williams, Graham Kitchener and Freddie Burns sent Leicester on their way to the victory, however they were made to work for it in the second half as Ulster fought back bravely.
Tommy Bowe and Franco van der Merwe responded for the Ulstermen who will take a losing...
It doesn’t seem like nine months since we were revelling in our 22-19 win at Welford Road in the Heineken Cup, does it?
Exactly nine months ago tomorrow I stood on the Holland & Barrett terrace surrounded by friends in white cheering on the Ulstermen to one of our more famous away victories on the European stage, a memory I will never forget. That night was a real arm wrestle, one which required the subtle kicking game of Ruan Pienaar to unlock and eventually swing in our favour. This...
As far as confidence boosters go, Ulster will be thrilled with this result ahead of next week’s trip to Leicester as they put away Pro12 leaders the Glasgow Warriors comfortably, winning 29-9 at the Kingspan Stadium.
Ian Humphreys and Finn Russell traded penalties in the first half, but in the second half tries from wingers Craig Gilroy and Tommy Bowe made the game secure for the hosts.
The Warriors, who made twelve changes to last week’s team, were surprisingly off colour, and a first...
Things don’t stay secret for very long around here do they?
As we’ve known for the best part of three months, Neil Doak will be Mark Anscombe’s long-term successor as head coach at the Kingspan Stadium, while Les Kiss will return from the World Cup next summer as Ulster’s new Director of Rugby. So far the partnership hasn’t worked too badly, there seems to be a better work rate in training, and certainly the players appear to be a lot happier with the current set-up than what was...