Ulster’s superb start to the season continued last night with this convincing win to give them the perfect start to their Heineken Cup campaign.
And they added the icing to the cake as they put another French team to the sword at fortress Ravenhill and secured a bonus point try to take a full haul of five points in Pool Four.
Ulster did leave it late however, that fourth try not coming until two minutes over the allotted 80 – and the full house at Ravenhill simply erupted.
It looked as though the fourth try just would not be squeezed out by the Irish Province and right at the death, with the last play of the game, man of the match Marshall’s replacement, Ruan Pienaar - playing in his first club game of the season having been on international duty with South Africa - produced a dazzling piece of running to go in for the try.
ULSTER: Jared Payne; Tommy Bowe Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble; Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa, Johann Muller (capt), Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, Mike McComish, Chris Henry.
Replacements: Rob Herring (Best 75), Callum Black, Adam Macklin, Lewis Stevenson (Tuohy 62), Neil McComb, Ruan Pienaar (P Marshall 61), Luke Marshall (Wallace 72), Craig Gilroy (Bowe 64)
Scorers: Tries: Trimble, Marshall (2), Pienaar; Pens: Jackson (5); Cons: Jackson (3); Sinbin: Court (57-67)
CASTRES: Romain Teulet; Marcel Garvey, Seremaia Bai, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Marc Andreu; Pierre Bernard, Thierry Lacrampe; Yannick Forestier, Mathieu Bonello, Michael Coetzee, Matthias Rolland (capt), Rodrigo Capo Ortega, Piula Faasalele, Yannick Caballero, Pedrie Wannenburg
Replacements: Marc-Antoine Rallier (Bonello 57), Gregory Marmoiton, Hai Lazar (Coetzee 57), Joe Tekori (Wannenberg 77), Antonie Claassen (Lacrampe 61), Rory Kockott (Caballero 68), Paul Bonnefond (Bernard 63), Thomas Sanchou (Bai 57).
Scorers: Tries: Andreu, Garvey; Pens: Teulet; Cons: Teulet (2); DG: Sinbin: Forestsier (75);
Ref: Andrew Small
Heineken man of the match: Marshall