Coach Mark Anscombe said it was a case of Ulster getting the job done in Friday night’s 22-16 win over Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill in the opening Pool Five match of this season’s Heineken Cup.
This was the third season the clubs had been drawn in the same group and the Irish Province’s win made it a third successive home victory over the English Premiership side.
On this occasion though, Tigers managed to leave with a losing bonus point instead of their tails between their legs after 33-0 and 41-7 tankings.
Five penalties and a conversion from the in-form Paddy Jackson, alongside a first-half try from Tommy Bowe - a score which was also created by Jackson - sent Mark Anscombe’s men on their way to victory, although they were unable to deny the visitors a losing bonus point.
The Tigers scored a first-half try through Logovii Mulipola, while Toby Flood nailed two penalties and a conversion before replacement Owen Williams kicked a late penalty to earn Leicester their first ever point from Heineken Cup rugby in Belfast.
Asked if there was disappointment in conceding a losing bonus point at the end, Anscombe said: “Some may look at it that way. But for me our objective tonight was to get four points and we achieved that. In each week and each game if that is our objective and we stick to it then we will come through.
“If they are happy with the one after tonight, then that is fine. We are happy with the four,” added Anscombe.
“There are only six games in the pool, you have to win your home games at the end of the day if you want to have a chance of making progress to the next stage.
“We have won our first one, we will enjoy it and we will then move on to France and Montpellier tomorrow.”