Relief for Doak as Ulster nick vital win
Ulster coach Neil Doak was relieved to find some home comfort at the Kingspan stadium as his team put their horrors on the road behind them to record a crucial 24-17 bonus point PRO12 victory over Cardiff.
Andrew Trimble, Paul Marshall, the impressive Nick Williams and Stuart McCloskey scored tries to move Ulster into fourth place in the table and while Doak admitted it wasn't pretty, he acknowledged the importance of the win after last weekend's disappointing defeat in Edinburgh.
Doak said: "We played some good stuff at times but there were just parts we didn't control and it was scrappy. You can't argue with a bonus point win though, it's massive for us."
After the match Doak confirmed that winger Tommy Bowe, who injured his knee in Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina last Sunday, will have surgery on Monday. He added that Bowe faces months on the sidelines.
On a more positive note Darren Cave and Paddy Jackson came off the bench last night, having returned from Ireland World Cup duty. Both can expect to be involved next Friday when Ulster will aim to improve their away form against Munster.