Ulster scraped to victory over Cardiff Blues on Saturday afternoon but how did the individuals fare?
Here's Jonathan Bradley's take on the performances:
Mike Lowry 6: Tried to lift the tempo with a few mazy returns of wayward kicks but was forced off early after some hefty punishment.
Henry Speight 5: Ulster ran a few plays that brought him off his wing to get him involved but spent more time second best in the aerial battle.
James Hume 7: Led the home side in metres made and produced their only linebreak of the game but just couldn't hold onto the ball.
Stuart McCloskey 7: His ears will have been burning in the post-match but it was McCloskey's quick thinking that created Ulster's try even without a clean offload.
Louis Ludik 6: Quiet enough day for the fit again South African but he’ll come good once he regains his full match fitness.
Billy Burns 5: Ulster’s attack never really fired in the first half and Burns was removed for an HIA before the game reached the turn.
John Cooney 7: The man with the golden boot did it again at Kingspan Stadium, winning a game from the tee in Belfast for the third time already this year.
Andy Warwick 6: Not too many scrums in which to do battle but contributed defensively with a nine tackles and none missed.
Rob Herring 6: On the occasion of his 150th cap the hooker had to work hard to try and impose himself on proceedings.
Marty Moore 6: Showed a real willingness to insert himself into the attacking game only to have his efforts undermined by a few knock-ons of a greasy ball.
Kieran Treadwell 6: Got a bit of luck for his try but still had to show good co-ordination to fall on a bouncing ball and slide over the whitewash.
Alan O'Connor 5: Another who had to leave the scene early after a heavy hit. Tried to get his side into the game with aggressive call but didn't pay off this time.
Sean Reidy 7: Typical performance of quiet industry that saw him make 15 tackles — more than anyone else in an Ulster jersey.
Jordi Murphy 7: Probably his best showing in an Ulster jersey, the highlight of which was a great lineout steal. Tackled well and turned over ball.
Marcell Coetzee 7: The South African still feels a different player but was effective again. Three turnovers and a big tackle count are testament to that.
Ian Nagle (O’Connor 35) 7: Performed well, worked hard, and disrupted key lineout.
Johnny McPhillips (Burns 35) 7: Kicked well from hand and made good ground. Perhaps due a start.
Eric O’Sullivan (Warwick 43) 7: Made a try-saving tackle that protected Ulster’s lead late on.
Jacob Stockdale (Lowry 43) 7: Surprisingly it was the winger who secured the game-winning turnover to seal it.
Ross Kane (Moore 45) 6: Got about the park and looked to get involved.
Rory Best (Herring 50) 7: Maul ended up being a real weapon and it was him getting the most crucial turnover.
Nick Timoney (Murphy 71) 5: Last of the subs but, legally or not, got involved in key breakdown turnover.