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Connacht

  • Naoupu, Vainikolo,
    Penalty goals: Parks, Nikora,
    Conversions: Parks,
18 - 34

Ulster

  • Best, Bowe, Trimble, Payne, Olding,
    Penalty goals: Pienaar,
    Conversions: Pienaar (3),
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 19th Apr 2013
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Galway Sportsground
  • Att: 6,463

RaboDirect PRO12: Leaders Ulster see off Connacht in Galway

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 Ruan Pienaar - Ulster Heineken Cup

Ruan Pienaar: Kicked three conversions and a penalty for the league leaders

 Tommy Bowe - Ulster Heineken Cup

Tommy Bowe: Grabbed the try that secured Ulster a bonus point in Galway

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Tommy Bowe grabbed a late try to help RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Ulster seal a 34-18 bonus-point victory over Connacht in Galway.

A see-saw opening quarter saw four tries shared between the Irish provinces and Rory Best grabbed Ulster's third score to give them a 22-15 interval lead.

The second half saw the scoring dry up before the visitors gave the final scoreline a rather flattering look with two tries in the closing nine minutes.

It was Connacht who had made the faster start, though, with George Naoupu running in an opportunist effort to break the deadlock after just three minutes.

Ruan Pienaar was wide with a penalty chance to reply, although the Ulster backs soon clicked into gear to create enough space for the in-form Stuart Olding to touch down.

Exploited space

Pienaar converted and Ulster quickly exploited space down the right flank again, the South African's deft pass sending Andrew Trimble breaking away to score in the corner.

Connacht hit back with a try from Fetu Vainikolo but after Dan Parks and Pienaar traded penalties Ulster, with their big forwards getting on top, moved back in front just before the break thanks to stand-in skipper Best.

The game was narrowed down to four points when replacement Miah Nikora converted a 49th-minute penalty.

However, Ulster came on strong in the closing stages to move clear, replacement Iain Henderson charging past two defenders before offloading for Ireland winger Bowe to finish off.

Further salt was rubbed into the Connacht wounds when full-back Jared Payne ran in a fine breakaway try six minutes later.

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Sunday 15th February
12:45Scarlets vs Connacht
13:00Zebre vs Glasgow
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19:35Edinburgh vs Ulster
19:35Leinster vs Zebre
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14:40Scarlets vs Munster
17:15Glasgow vs Ospreys
Sunday 22nd February
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht
Friday 27th February
19:35Ospreys vs Leinster
19:35Ulster vs Scarlets
Saturday 28th February
19:15Munster vs Glasgow
Sunday 1st March
12:45Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh
17:00Zebre vs Newport Gwent D'gons
17:15Connacht vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 6th March
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Connacht
19:35Glasgow vs Zebre
Saturday 7th March
14:40Ospreys vs Munster
17:15Scarlets vs Leinster
18:00Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh
Sunday 8th March
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ulster
Friday 27th March
19:35Leinster vs Glasgow

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