Ulster 48 - 7 Treviso: Ulster return to PRO12 with seven-try romp
After the misery of Parc y Scarlets, Ulster struck back with venom on their return to PRO12 action, steamrolling Treviso in a seven-try romp.
And no more appropriate way to mark Andrew Trimble becoming Ulster’s most capped player than a thumping win though it was unfortunate that the winger was unable to cross the line during his hour on the park.
Much of Ulster’s best work was done in the opening 40 minutes which saw them lead 27-0 at the break, having already scored four tries to bring up the valuable bonus point.
Indeed, arguably, the pick of the bunch was that bonus score when Craig Gilroy fielded a ball and embarked on another of those trademark runs which saw him weave and ghost past defenders as if they didn’t exist.
It was the first of two on the night for Gilroy with Dan Tuohy, Sean Reidy and Paul Marshall having already scored before the winger’s magical moment arrived.
Of course, Ulster’s cause was greatly helped by the fact that Treviso had been reduced to 13 men at around the half hour mark with the home side bagging 10 points during this time.
The second half saw a brief revival from Treviso before Peter Browne got his first try for Ulster which was followed Gilroy’s second and then replacement Lewis Stevenson rumbled over for his first ever touchdown for the province.
As for the kicking, Stuart McCloskey converted three and kicked a penalty with Peter Nelson ending up converting the last two scores.
So, job done and done well and no doubt Ulster would rather not be heading into another break – this time a week – without a game. Still, for Neil Doak it was a satisfying night and a more than pleasing result which took Ulster up to third overnight.
Read the full match report in tomorrow's Belfast Telegraph