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.
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.
Right down to the wire 🔌
An excellent contest from both sides but a 78th minute debut try from Jack Aungier secures the win for @ConnachtRugby as @UlsterRugby fall just short 👌#GuinnessPRO14 #CONvULS pic.twitter.com/LBKbyuMops
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) August 23, 2020