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Ulster complete the double over Toulouse in European Champions Cup

Toulouse 23 - 25 Ulster

Published 20/12/2015

Ulster players celebrates after winning during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster players celebrates after winning during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's supporters celebrate at the end of the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images.
Ulster's supporters celebrate at the end of the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French scrum-half David Mele (R) vies with Ulster's scrum-half from South Africa Ruan Pienaar (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French centre Florian Fritz (C) vies with Ulster's players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's fly-half from Ireland Paddy Jackson (2ndL) vies with Toulouse's players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Gregory Lamboley (R) and Toulouse's French scrum-half Gert Muller (C) vies with Ulster's lock from Northern Ireland Alan O'Connor (hidden) and Ulster's flanker from South Africa Robbie Diack (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Yacouba Camara (L) vies with Ulster's fly-half from Ireland Paddy Jackson during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French winger Alexis Palisson (C) vies with Ulster's hooker from Northern Ireland Rory Best (L) and Ulster's flanker from South Africa Robbie Diack (R) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French hooker Julien Marchand (3rdL) vies with Ulster prop Kyle McCall (L) and Ulster lock Alan O'Connor during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French centre Gael Fickou (L) scores a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's Irish center Luke Marshall (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's Irish center Luke Marshall scores a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's Irish winger Andrew Trimble (2ndR) celebrates with teammates after he scored a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's Irish winger Andrew Trimble (3rdR) scores a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French prop Imanol Harinordoquy (2ndL) vies with Ulster's Irish fly-half Paddy Jackson during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's Irish winger Andrew Trimble (C) vies with Toulouse's players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French prop Imanol Harinordoquy vies with Ulster players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's Luke Marshall applauds as he looks at supporters after his team wom the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster players celebrates after winning during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Ulster, on December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's players breaks vies with Ulster's players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's players vies with Ulster's lock from Northern Ireland Alan O'Connor (C) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's players vies with Ulster's lock from Northern Ireland Alan O'Connor (C) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's wing from Irlande Andrew Trimble (C) passes the ball as he vies withToulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir (R) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir (R) vies with Ulster's wing from Irlande Andrew Trimble (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir breaks (R) away from Ulster's flanker from South Africa Robbie Diack (C) and Ulster's fly-half from Ireland Paddy Jackson (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir (C) breaks away from Ulster's flanker from South Africa Robbie Diack (R) and Ulster's fly-half from Ireland Paddy Jackson during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's Samoan prop Census Johnston (R) breaks away from Ulster's players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French hooker Julien Marchand (C) breaks away from Ulster's hooker from Northern Ireland Rory Best (R) and Ulster flanker Robbie Diack (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French lock Yoann Mastri (C) passes the ball in Toulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's Samoan prop Census Johnston (C) breaks away from Ulster's players during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO/PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir (3rd R) and Toulouse's French scrum-half Sebastien Bezy (2nd R)breaks away from Ulster's center Stuart McCloskey (C) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO/PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French flanker Thierry Dussautoir (C) and Toulouse's French scrum-half Sebastien Bezy (2nd L) breaks away from Ulster center Stuart McCloskey (L) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse , southwestern France. AFP PHOTO/PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's fly-half from Ireland Paddy Jackson hits a penalty kick (R) during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's Fijian winger Semi Kutanami (L) breaks away from Ulster wing Craig Gilroy during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup rugby match Toulouse against Ulster December 20, 2015 at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images

Ulster completed a European Champions Cup double over Toulouse to keep their quarter-final hopes alive with a 25-23 triumph at Stade Ernest Wallon.

An opportunistic first-half score from Ruan Pienaar put Ulster on course for their second win in three matches.

Andrew Trimble looked to have wrapped it up after 45 minutes, before Gael Fickou led a Toulouse fight-back, but Luke Marshall's late score sealed their third win on French soil.

Les Kiss' side got off to the perfect start as they searched for a repeat of last weekend's famous 38-0 thumping.

Gregory Lamboley went off his feet as the Irish province made their first foray into Toulouse territory, giving Paddy Jackson the chance to snatch an early advantage, and the outside-half made no mistake to give Ulster a 3-0 lead after three minutes.

Craig Gilroy's afternoon was over after just 13 minutes when he received a poorly-timed pass from Franco Van der Merwe and was hit back into touch by Kunati Kunabuli, resulting in a failed head injury assessment.

Missed penalties from Pienaar and Jackson prevented Ulster from making the breeze at the backs count, but Pienaar struck seven minutes before half-time to give the visitors a 10-0 lead.

Ulster turned up the tempo with some patient phase play, and after Wiehahn Herbst was stopped just short, Pienaar spotted a gap to dot down with Jackson converting.

But the Ireland playmaker put his side under pressure moments later when he deliberately knocked on and was shown yellow, allowing Sebastien Bezy to cut the gap to 10-3.

There was still time for Ulster to go the length of the field to score through Rory Scholes, but the try was chalked off after a forward pass in the build-up.

Bezy landed a penalty to cut the gap to four points, before Ulster reaffirmed their advantage through Trimble.

Stuart McCloskey cut through on a devastating angle to race downfield, before the ball was worked to Van der Merwe and then Trimble, who finished expertly at the corner.

But the wounded hosts hit back after 50 minutes through Fickou. The four-time European champions hammered at the Ulster line before they finally picked their heads up and worked a huge overlap, allowing Fickou to waltz over.

They hit the front for the first time in the match when Bezy landed a long-range penalty after converting the try but Ulster replied once again through the boot of Jackson on the hour mark to retake a two-point lead.

And the points were guaranteed in the 75th minute when Marshall was found on the inside to crash over before Louis Picamoles scored a consolation in the dying moments.

Teams

Ulster: Louis Ludik, Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Kyle McCall, Rory Best, Wiehahn Herbst, Alan O'Connor, Franco van der Merwe, Robbie Diack, Sean Reidy, Roger Wilson.

Toulouse: Alexis Palisson, Kunatani Kunabuli, Gael Fickou, Florian Fritz, Timoci Matanavou, Jean-Marc Doussain, Sébastien Bézy, Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Census Johnston, Gregory Lamboley, Yoann Maestri, Yacouba Camara, Thierry Dusautoir, Imanol Harinordoquy.

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