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  • Penalty, Williams, Marshall,
    Penalty goals: Jackson (2),
    Conversions: Jackson (2),
25 - 0

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  • Guinness PRO12
  • 5th Oct 2012
  • KO 19:05
  • Ground: Ravenhill, Belfast
  • Att: 8,400

RaboDirect PRO12: Ulster maintain perfect start by thrashing Connacht

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Nick Williams: Scored Ulster's second try

Paddy Jackson Ulster

Paddy Jackson (top): Scored 10 points with the boot

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Ulster stayed top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table after maintaining their perfect start to the season with a 25-0 win over Connacht at Ravenhill.

The Heineken Cup runners-up built their victory on a dominant scrum, which earned them a penalty try in the first half.

Nick Williams also touched down following a set piece and substitute Luke Marshall added a third try in the closing minutes, while fly-half Paddy Jackson kicked 10 points

The contest was Ulster's first at home since the farming tragedy which claimed the life of centre Nevin Spence and a minute's silence was held before kick-off.

Ulster opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a Jackson penalty as the hosts' powerful scrum began to make its presence felt.

Later in the half, a series of scrums near the Connacht line led first to Dave Gannon being sin-binned and then to the penalty try being awarded. Jackson converted to make it 10-0.

The game was effectively killed off on the stroke of half time when Williams drove over after referee George Clancy had reversed a penalty against Connacht and Ulster had put the ball into the corner.

Jackson's conversion made it 17-0 and in the second half the visitors did not threaten an improbable comeback, with the stand-off adding another penalty before Tommy Bowe won a 78th-minute cross-kick from Paddy Wallace and substitute Luke Marshall skidded in for an unconverted try.

Connacht had a chance to get on the board before half-time but Dan Parks missed his attempt, while a line break from Robbie Henshaw was one of their only other moments of attacking inspiration.

Ulster's victory keeps them one point ahead of the Scarlets in the table with a game in hand over the Welsh side.

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Connacht
Friday 26th December
Guinness PRO12
18:45Ulster vs Connacht
Thursday 1st January
17:00Connacht vs Munster
Friday 9th January
19:35Connacht vs Edinburgh
Wednesday 14th January
TBCScarlets vs Connacht
Saturday 17th January
European Rugby Challenge Cup
TBCConnacht vs Exeter
Saturday 24th January
TBCLa Rochelle vs Connacht
Saturday 21st February
Guinness PRO12
TBCNewport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht
Saturday 28th February
TBCConnacht vs Benetton Treviso
Saturday 7th March
TBCCardiff Blues vs Connacht
Saturday 28th March
TBCMunster vs Connacht
Today's Results
Result
Connacht
Friday 19th December
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht
Saturday 13th December
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bayonne 27 - 29 Connacht
British and Irish Cup
Connacht 14 - 32 Bristol
Saturday 6th December
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Connacht 42 - 19 Bayonne
British and Irish Cup
Pontypridd 29 - 10 Connacht
Saturday 29th November
Guinness PRO12
Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets
British and Irish Cup
London Scottish 17 - 7 Connacht
Friday 21st November
Guinness PRO12
Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre

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