Ulster had a successful trip to Italy on Saturday afternoon as they picked up an emphatic 46-20 win over Aironi in their Heineken Cup Pool 4 game.
Tries from Andrew Trimble, Tom Court, Craig Gilroy, Robbie Diack and Adam Macklin as well as a penalty try in the second half helped secure the win and the bonus point.
Aironi were there for the taking the first half but came out in the second half with a lot more fight but it wasn’t enough to pin back the away team, who got three tries in each half.
Andrew Trimble opened the scoring in the 6th minute straight after he made a mess of a previous certain try when he didn’t properly ground the ball but the winger made no mistake at the second time of asking.
Ian Humphries converted and added a penalty to the score before Ulster were awarded a penalty try in the 23rd minute when their pack drove forward from a scrum and Aironi attempted to collapse the scrum.
Tom Court added a third just before half time in a display of strength from Ulster that saw their forwards pressing Aironi for gaps which Court eventually found and put over for another five points to go into the break at 27-3.
Aironi came out for the second half like a different team and a four minute spell 20 minutes into the second half saw the home side score two quick tries to make the second half more interesting.
Out-half Luciano Orquera set up winger Sinoti Sinoti who went over the line to score Aironi’s first try and three minutes later Roberto Quartaroli intercepted a sloppy pass from an Ulster player to run the pitch and score their second.
Ulster hit back within 10 minutes as Craig Gilroy was the try-scorer this time after sustained pressure from the away side paid off but Aironi scored through George Biagi five minutes later to keep Ulster on their toes.
In the 78th minute Robbie Diack intercepted an Aironi pass and scored another try for Ulster before Adam Macklin put the icing on the cake with a try in the final minute of the game.
Following Leicester’s win against Clermont, Ulster now top Pool 4 by one point thanks to their second successive bonus point.
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Aironi 20 -46 Ulster, 1;30pm
Aironi: Orquera 18min (pen), 59min (conv), Sinoti 58min (try), Quartaroli 62min (try), Biagi 75min, (try).
Ulster: Andrew Trimble 6min (try), Ian Humphries 7min (conv), 16min (pen), 24min (conv), 34min (pen), 39min (conv), Court 38min (try), Gilroy 70min (try), Pienaar 71min (conv) 79min (conv), Diack 78min (try), Macklin 80min (try).
Full time It’s all over at Aironi and Ulster have recorded an emphatic win over the Italian side. Aironi upped their performance in the second half but Ulster responded well and recorded a big win away from home.
80min TRY to Ulster! Adam Macklin scores a try from the right wing to put the icing on the cake for Ulster. Pienaar miss the conversion and the referee blows the whistle.
79min Pienaar scores the conversion.
78min TRY to Ulster! Robbie Diack intercepts a pass between two Aironi players and has the easy task of scoring the try.
76min Olivier misses the conversion for the second time.
75min TRY to Aironi! Aironi score through second half substitute George Biagi.
71min Pienaar has taken up the out half position and he picks up where Humphries left off with a conversion.
70min TRY to Ulster! Ulster pile players forward as they look to relieve some of the pressure Aironi have put on in the second half and Craig Gilroy goes over the line for five.
67min Play is stopped as Paddy Jackson receives treatment to a bad looking knee injury.
66min Ulster try to react to the two quick tries and they have a lineout just inside Aironi’s half.
62min TRY to Aironi! Roberto Quartaroli intercepts a pass and runs the pitch unchallenged to cut the deficit by another 5 points. Substitute Naas Olivier misses the conversion with his first kick of the game.
59min Orquera converts the try, 10-27 to Ulster.
58min TRY to Aironi! Aironi’s pressure eventually pays off as Orquera sets up Sinoti Sinoti who dives over for five points.
55min It’s all Aironi at the moment as Ulster seem happy to soak up the pressure.
52min Ulster’s attack makes its way into the Aironi half but they give away a penalty.
51min Ulster make changes as Tom Court comes off for Paddy McAllister. Andrew Trimble goes off for Paddy Jackson.
50min Aironi’s attack down the right wing falls apart after one of their players fumbles the ball.
48min Ulster get pegged back into their own half by Aironi as they win a lineout.
45min Ulster are frustrating Aironi as the Italian team are finding no joy against the visitors in possession.
41min We’re back underway in Italy and Ulster have possession inside their own half.
Half time The referee ends the first half and Ulster are comfortably controlling this game at 3-27. The away team are putting too much pressure on Aironi and they can’t deal with it.
39min Humphries converts the try. 3-27 to Ulster.
38min TRY to Ulster! Tom Court is the scorer as Ulster use their physicality to force Aironi back and go over the line.
36min Ulster win a penalty deep inside Aironi’s half after the home team try to play their way out of danger.
33min Humphries has a chance to put another three points on the board with a penalty and the out half makes no mistake. 3-20 to Ulster.
31min Ulster finally lose possession as Aironi win a penalty from the scrum.
30min Ulster come close again but D’arcy knocks the ball on at the crucial moment.
29min Ulster throwing everything they have at Aironi as they probe for an opening and Trimble is nearly in down the right wing but he’s blocked and Ulster will try another route.
26min Aironi put the pressure on as they look for a reaction to Ulster’s try but the away team do well to soak up the pressure and are on the attack again.
24min Humphries makes it three kicks from three as he converts the try. 3-17 to Ulster.
23min TRY to Ulster! Ulster’s pack drives over the line after a scrum and Aironi try to bring it to the ground so the referee awards a penalty try to the away team.
21min Aironi manage to get the ball clear but have given the ball away and there’s a scrum to Ulster on the halfway line.
20min Incredibly wreckless play by Venditti who takes far too long to kick the ball clear and Ulster charge him down inside Aironi’s 22.
18min Aironi win a penalty and this is a chance for the Italian side to get points on the board and out half Luciano Orquera puts the ball between the posts. Three points for Aironi.
16min Humphries kicks over for three and Ulster are 10 points up.
15min Ulster win a penalty as Aironi’s centre tackles D’Arcy high and Humphries will kick for the posts.
13min Aironi finally get their hands on the ball but there’s a knock on and Ulster have the put in to the scrum just inside their own half.
12min Aironi clear the danger but once again they can’t hold on to the ball and Ulster have possession again.
11min Aironi clear the pressure for the short term with a kick to touch. Ulster have a lineout on Aironi’s 22 metre line.
9min Aironi were putting pressure on Ulster in their own half but Ulster counter and Stephen Ferris nearly sets up Johann Muller but Aironi win a scrum.
7min Humphries converts the try straight in front of the posts.
6min TRY to Ulster! Trimble has made amends as he scores the first try of the game. The Ulster winger juggled the ball as he tried to control it but eventually was able to ground the ball successfully this time.
4min Andrew Trimble has just made a mess of a certain try after he didn’t correctly ground the ball as he went over the line for the try.
2min Ulster win a lineout as they put pressure on Aironi in possession.
1min Ulster kick off and they’re staring straight into the sun as Aironi break.
Aironi: 15 Ruggero Trevisan, 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tyson Keats, 1 Salvatore Perugini, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 3 Lorenzo Romano, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 5 Marco Bortolami, 6 Nicola Cattina, 7 Simone Favaro, 8 Josh Sole.
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice , 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Fabio Staibano, 19 George Biagi, 20 Filippo Ferrarini, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Naas Olivier, 23 Roberto Quartaroli,
Ulster: 15 Adam D’Arcy, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Nevin Spence, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (capt), 3 John Afoa, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Nigel Brady, 17 Paddy McAllister, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Tim Barker, 20 Robbie Diack, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Stefan Terblanche.