Darren Cave scored a hat-trick of tries as Ulster ended their Champions’ Cup campaign with a 26-7 bonus point win over the Leicester Tigers at the Kingspan Stadium.
Cave got three of Ulster’s four tries, with Craig Gilroy notching the fourth, in a complete performances from the Ulstermen which saw them, at times, heroically defending an onslaught from their visitors.
Adam Thompstone ran in a second half consolation try for the Tigers, who required a bonus point win to stand any chance of...
The end is nigh.
Five games ago we headed to Welford Road off the back of a brilliant win over Glasgow and bursting with confidence that we could possibly have a shot at winning the inaugural Champions’ Cup. How wrong we were. Even though we emerged from Leicester with our pride intact and a losing bonus point, defeat to Toulon the next week spelt the beginning of the end and after the back-to-backs against the Scarlets we knew our dream was over.
One thing we can say though is that we have...
Toulon showed their class and qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Champions’ Cup in style with a dominant 60-22 thrashing of Ulster at the Stade Felix Mayol on Saturday afternoon.
Regardless of the scoreline Ulster put up a good fight, especially in the first half, however injuries and the sheer strength of the defending champions shone through as they blew away the Irish province in the second half.
Nicolas Sanchez pulled the strings from fly-half and scored the opening try...
It’s been a long time since we’ve entered January’s European games with nothing to play for.
This time last season we were preparing to thrash an understrength Montpellier side (which we didn’t do) and then head to Leicester for a winner-takes-all blockbuster game that would define our season should we win (which we did do). This year it is a completely different story as we are travelling to the sunny south of France and then welcoming the Tigers back to the Kingspan in the hope that...
Ulster won only their second away match of the season, however they will be extremely disappointed not to take a bonus point away from Treviso in their 24-20 victory at the Stadio di Monigo.
The away side took a commanding lead after just 26 minutes through tries from Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar and Tommy Bowe, however they failed to get the crucial fourth try that would give them an extra league point.
Treviso struck back through tries from Sam Christie and Francesco Minto, scoring 20...
I’m finding myself becoming thoroughly more depressed the longer this season goes on.
Six consecutive away defeats. That is just an embarrassing statistic to be associated with – for a team that is expected to finish in the top four of the Pro12 at the end of the season, we shouldn’t even be close to six consecutive losses, and when you consider one of them was in Parma to bottom side Zebre, it becomes even more humiliating. There are serious questions to be asked of this Ulster side...