ULSTER 32 Benetton Treviso 13
A five-try salvo from Ulster saw them climb up the RaboDirect Pro12 table as they produced the clinical edge they had been missing for some time.
A brace from Michael Allen, one in each half, and further tries from man of the match, Luke Marshall and returning British Lions’ Tommy Bowe and Rory Best, secured a deserved victory for the Irish Province.
The resilient Italians had threatened to take the gloss off a bonus point win with a consolation try from Rober Barbieri in the closing minutes which brought the score to 25-13.
But a superb breakout by Ulster with the final play of the game ended with Allen going in for his second try of the evening.
Outhalf, Paddy Jackson, who had a wayward night with the place kicking in the second half, boosted his confidence by kicking the touchline conversion having missed three earlier kicks.
He also landed a penalty in the first half and the conversion to Luke Marshall’s 21st minute try.
Ulster: Craig Gilroy; Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Luke Marshall, Michael Allen; Paddy Jackson Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rory Best (capt), Ricky Lutton; Iain Henderson, Dan Tuohy; Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson.
Replacements: Rob Herring (Best 71), Callum Black (Court 75), Bronson Ross (Lutton 76), Lewis Stevenson (Henderson 47), Nick Williams (Wilson 60), Michael Heaney (Marshall 65), James McKinney (Gilroy 71) Darren Cave (Payne 60).
Tries: L Marshall, Allen (2), Bowe, Best
Cons: Jackson (2)
Sin-bin: Stevenson (65-75)
Benetton Treviso: Luke McLean, Ludovico Nitoglia, Michele Campagnaro, Alberto Sgarbi, Christian Loamanu, Mat Berquist, Edoardo Gori, Michele Rizzo, Enrico Ceccato, Alberto De Marchi, Antonio Pavanello, Marco Fuser, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Manoa Vosawai.
Replacements: Giovanni Maistri, Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet (De Marchi 37), Pedro Di Santo, Valerio Benabo, Dean Budd, Robert Barbieri (Vosawai 31) Fabio Semenzato (McLean 47), Alberto Di Bernardo (Berquist 32).
Pens: Berquist, Di Bernardo
Cons: Di Bernardo
Ref: Ian Davies (WRU)
RaboDirect and News Letter man of the match: Luke Marshall