Ulster coach Mark Anscombe highlighted his team’s game management as being the main ingredient which achieved a try scoring bonus point victory over Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill on Friday night.
The 32-13 win pushed the Irish Province up to fourth place in the RaboDirect PRO12 standings although there are two games to be played over the weekend.
The Italians arrived in Belfast with their tails up after last week’s triumph against Munster – but they were brought right back down to earth by a dominant display from Ulster in the first half.
Tries from man of the match, centre Luke Marshall and winger Michael Allen in a seven-minute spell in the first half, plus a penalty and conversion from outhalf Paddy Jackson, gave Ulster a 15-3 interval lead.
However, the expected second half surge from Ulster never arrived and they were forced to defend aggressively against the Italians.
Returning British & Irish Lions, Tommy Bowe and Rory Best, scored tries 10 minutes apart to secure the bonus point, before Allen went in for his second at the end after Treviso had replied through Robert Barbieri.
A delighted Anscombe said: “We have been on the verge of a few tries in recent weeks, but it just did not happen.
“But tonight it did happen for us and it was good reward for the hard work put in by the boys.
“We talked about playing smart and the game management was the main focus for us tonight.
“When we took responsibility for our management things happened and we got our rewards for that.”