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RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Nick Williams tackled by Gareth Owen and Owen Williams of Llanelli Scarlets
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Nick Williams tackled by Gareth Owen and Owen Williams of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
General view of Ravenhill 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets General view of Ravenhill Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
General view of the Ulster dressing room ahead of tonight's game
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets General view of the Ulster dressing room ahead of tonight's game Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar tackles Scarlet's Rob McCusker
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Ruan Pienaar tackles Scarlet's Rob McCusker Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar kicks a penalty
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Ruan Pienaar kicks a penalty Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Nick Williams jump with Llanelli Scarlet's Liam Williams
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Nick Williams jump with Llanelli Scarlet's Liam Williams Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ulster's Rory Best is tackled by Llanelli Scarlets' Rob McCusker

Ulster's Rory Best is tackled by Llanelli Scarlets' Rob McCusker

INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Rory Best tackled by Llanelli Scarlets' Rob McCusker 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Rory Best tackled by Llanelli Scarlets' Rob McCusker Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Owen Williams of Llanelli Scarlets kicks a penalty 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Owen Williams of Llanelli Scarlets kicks a penalty Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Johann Muller jumps with Aaron Shingler of Llanelli Scarlets
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Johann Muller jumps with Aaron Shingler of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar and George North of Llanelli Scarlets
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Ruan Pienaar and George North of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
A Ulster fan celebrates Tommy Bowe's try 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets A Ulster fan celebrates Tommy Bowe's try Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Paddy Jackson tackles Gareth Owen of Llanelli Scarlets
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Paddy Jackson tackles Gareth Owen of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Robbie Diack celebrates scoring a try
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Robbie Diack celebrates scoring a try Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster drive over for Robbie Diack to score a try
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster drive over for Robbie Diack to score a try Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Darren Cave is tackled by the Scarlet's Johan Synman and Rob McCusker
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Darren Cave is tackled by the Scarlet's Johan Synman and Rob McCusker Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Scarlets' Liam Williams are sent to the sin-bin by referee Alan Rolland
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Scarlets' Liam Williams are sent to the sin-bin by referee Alan Rolland Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Rory Best is tackled by the Scarlet's Rhys Priestland
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Rory Best is tackled by the Scarlet's Rhys Priestland Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

?INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Scarlets' Ken Owens is stretched off injured
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Scarlets' Ken Owens is stretched off injured Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Darren Cave beats Jonathan Davies and Gareth Davies of Llanelli Scarlets
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Darren Cave beats Jonathan Davies and Gareth Davies of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Rory Best tackles Gareth Davies of Llanelli Scarlets
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Rory Best tackles Gareth Davies of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Rory Best with his son Ben after the match 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Rory Best with his son Ben after the match Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster captain Johann Muller after the match 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster captain Johann Muller after the match Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Tommy Bowe after the match 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Tommy Bowe after the match Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Paddy Jackson and Tom Court after the match 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff , Ravenhill Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Paddy Jackson and Tom Court after the match Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

?INPHO/Billy Stickland

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013
Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Tom Court after the game 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Tom Court after the game Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off, Ravenhill, Belfast 10/5/2013 Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets Ulster's Nick Williams tackled by Gareth Owen and Owen Williams of Llanelli Scarlets Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ulster have made the final of the RaboDirect Pro12, trumping the visiting Scarlets 28-17.

Mistakes were made in the opening 20 minutes when the home side gave away a penalty, Owen Williams kicking the visitors ahead on 4 minutes.

But Ruan Pienaar levelled the game with a penalty on 6 minutes and a second penalty attempt by Williams hit the bar.

It was in the 25th minute the men in white began to take control - Tommy Bowe brought home a try in the corner after a beautiful pass from Pienaar, who then kicked the conversion to make it 10-3.

Ulster really started to assert some authority on the pitch with a second try from scoring machine Robbie Diack.

Unfortunately Ruan Pienaar missed the conversion but another penalty from the South African secured the first half, leaving the table-toppers dominant at 18-3.

Half time: Ulster 18-3 Scarlets

Tom Court opened the second half with a third Ulster try, ramping up the scoreline to 23-3 before Pienaar added the extra 2 points.

A try from Scarlets' Gareth Davies, converted by Owen Williams, claimed 7 points and signalled the start of a shaky second half for Ulster.

Ruan Pienaar kicked another penalty from right in front of the posts, making it 28-10.

The visitors then made a respectable attempt to drive home more points, Timani crossing for Scarlets' second try and Williams adding the conversion.

But it wasn't enough and Ravenhill erupted with the final whistle, Ulster finishing 15 points clear of the Welsh side and claiming their place in the final.

Full time: Ulster 28-17 Scarlets

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The game marked the end of an era at Ravenhill as Ulster fans bid farewell to the ground's historic grandstand.

Ulster hooker and Man of the Match Rory Best, who admitted he’ll miss the atmosphere created by the old grandstand, said: “Ultimately this is where we want to be.

“We want to win silverware this year and this is our last crack at it now.

“This team, we felt at the start of the season, was good enough to win something — we wanted to win everything, but this is our thing now and we’re delighted to be in the final.”

Ulster will play the winner of tomorrow's Leinster v Glasgow match in Dublin on Saturday, May 25.


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