Connacht beat Ulster in bruising affair at the Aviva

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Kenneth Fox
Connacht 26 - 20 Ulster

Connacht managed to withstand a late Ulster surge to come away with a bonus point win at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

Both teams gave debuts to some of their new recruits as Ulster are already guaranteed a semi-final place while Connacht are out of the running for a play-off spot.

Ulster's John Cooney opened the scoring with a penalty, but a try from John Porch and a Jack Carty conversion gave Connacht the lead early on.

Another Cooney penatly made it 7-6 before Kieran Marmion scooped up a grubber kick from Porch to make it 14-6 going into the half.

Ulster came out strong in the second half and put pressure on the Connacht defence. Eventually Jacob Stockdale broke through to make it 14-13 after Cooney made the conversion.

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After Connacht had a try disallowed for a knock on, Bundee Aki powered over the line to make the score 21-13.

In what was a back and forth game throughout, Ulster hit back once again with a massive scrum which got them over the line, with Nick Timoney at the base.

At 21-20 it was anyone's game but Connacht responded once again through substitute Jack Aungier who crossed over the line to make the final score 26-20.

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