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Date Time Competition Season
4 February 2022 8:15 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Four-in-a-row for Ulster

Ulster made it four wins in a row in all competitions, after a 32-12 bonus point win over Interpro rivals Connacht at Kingspan Stadium this evening.

Tries from Greg Jones, Declan Moore and a brace by Robert Baloucoune, helped the Ulster club to a 20-point winning margin on the night.

Connacht suffered another tough defeat after the Glasgow game last weekend, they put in a spirited performance but could not break down the Ulster backline.

Connacht were dealt a blow early on in the tie, winger Peter O’Sullivan shown a yellow card for a high tackle into the head of Mike Lowry.

Lowry was almost the architect behind two Ulster tries before the end of the opening quarter, he glided past the Connacht defence offloading to Ethan McIlroy who sprinted for the line, but was stopped just short of the line and the offload eluded the fullback.

The second attempt warranted a score, McIlroy this time turned provider collecting a box kick and offloading for Lowry, he sprinted straight through the defence caught shy of the line, he offloaded to Jones who crossed in the corner, Nathan Doak landed a phenomenal conversion utilising all the space at Kingspan Stadium, to make it a 7-0 lead.

Ulster’s most lethal weapon has been their maul this season, they utilised it well again after 21 minutes, Declan Moore a late addition popping up to cross and score, Doak making it a 14-0 lead with another perfect conversion.

Despite being up against it for almost 25 minutes, Connacht responded with a well taken try of their own, Oran McNulty an early change from the bench powering his way past the Ulster challenge on the try line, no additional points added from the Conor Fitzgerald conversion kept the hosts nine points ahead.

Both teams tried to break the other down for the remainder of the half, in the end the sheer pace of Baloucoune gave the hosts their third try a minute into injury time, the winger sprinting unchallenged down the wing after a great pass by Lowry, Doak continued his record from the tee making it a third consecutive conversion, they led 21-5 at half time.

The Westerners started brighter after the restart, Alex Wotton crossing for a converted try six minutes into the second half, making it a nine point game with the visitors looking to make an early statement in the half.

Doak settled the home supporters nerves with a penalty 13 minutes into the half, their first score coming from the tee, the close range kick opted for the posts ahead of touch due to the pressure applied by the western province.

For the remainder of the half the game remained a tight affair, with both teams looking to add to the scoreboard, Connacht came close but failed to kick the door down to the try line, but in injury time Baloucoune got his second try after a fantastic cross field kick by Billy Burns, spotted him free near the sideline to run through and score.

 

Ulster

15Michael Lowry Fly-Half
14Robert Baloucoune Winger 41', 83'
13Angus Curtis Fly-Half
12Stuart McCloskey 22 Centre
11Ethan Mcilroy 23 Back
10Billy Burns Fly-Half
9Nathan Doak 21 Back 15', 22', 42'
53', 76'
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Declan Moore 22'
3Gareth Milasinovich 18 Prop
4Alan O’Connor Lock
5Sam Carter 19 Lock
6Greg Jones 20 Flanker 14'
7Marcus Rea Flanker
8Duane Vermeulen Loose Forwards
16Eric O’Sullivan Prop
17Callum Reid 1 Forward
18Ross Kane 3 Prop
19Mick Kearney 5 Lock
20Nick Timoney 6 Flanker
21David Shanahan 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Moxham 12 Back
23Rob Lyttle 11 Winger
John Andrew Hooker

Connacht

15John Porch Winger
14Peter Sullivan 23 Winger 3'
13Sam Arnold Centre
12Tom Daly Centre
11Alex Wootton Winger 46'
10Conor Fitzgerald Fly-Half 47'
9Kieran Marmion Scrum-Half
1Denis Buckley 17 Prop
2Shane Delahunt 16 Hooker
3Tietie Tuimauga 18 Prop
4Niall Murray 19 Lock
5Oisin Dowling Flanker
6Cian Prendergast Lock 83'
7Conor Oliver Flanker
8Jarrad Butler 20 No. 8
16Jonny Murphy 2 Hooker
17Jordan Duggan 1 Prop
18Greg McGrath 3
19Leva Fifita 4 Lock
20Paul Boyle 8 Flanker
21Colm Reilly Scrum-Half
22Cathal Forde Fly-Half
23Oran McNulty 14 Winger 25'

Past Meetings

(Round 5)
36 - 11
United Rugby Championship
The Sportsgrounds

Connacht v Ulster

(Round 9)
19 - 32
PRO14
The Sportsgrounds

Connacht vs Ulster

Ground

Kingspan Stadium
Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT6 0BW, United Kingdom

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.