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Butler sin-binning exposes Connacht

Connacht 18
Ulster 24

Published 18/09/2010 | 05:00

Connacht were severely punished for having a man in the sin-bin as Ulster ran in two tries in five second-half minutes to emerge victorious at the Sportsground.

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After dominating the early exchanges Connacht fell behind in the 16th minute when Chris Leathem raced in under the posts.

Ulster lock David Whann was sent to the sin-bin after 23 minutes and Callum Boland slotted the resultant penalty to make it 7-3.

Another Boland penalty was cancelled out by one from Paddy Jackson, but when Ulster's Blane McIlroy was also binned, Jackson's penalty left it 10-9 at the break.

When David Butler was sin-binned 12 minutes after the restart, Jackson crossed for Ulster and five minutes later Andy Warwick finished to leave it 24-12 to Ulster.

But deep into injury-time Tadhg Leader touched down for Connacht after some incessant pressure gave them the deserved consolation.

Connacht -- C Boland; D Butler, P Finn, N Kenneally (T Leader 76), S Layden; P Hughes (J Carty 76), M Dolan; A Spring (D Higgins 76), T Power (C Thompson inj, 69), G Fahy (S Wooton 62), B Moylett, D Qualter, D Heffernan, A Conneely, R Cunningham.

Ulster -- C Simpson; C Leathem, C Colvin, L Marshall, M McAuley (C Spence h-t); P Jackson, B McIlroy (A Bratton 51); A Warwick, D Maxwell (J Murphy 59), K McCall (C Carey 59), D Whann, A Best (P Marks 66), C Threlfor, D Gallagher, S Irvine.

Ref -- E O'Dowd (IRFU).

Irish Independent

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