Ulster victory over Montpellier comes at a cost with Gilroy injury

Ulster's Michael Allen has a foot in touch before touching the ball down over the line
Ulster's Michael Allen has a foot in touch before touching the ball down over the line

Ireland and Ulster winger, Craig Gilroy is a major doubt for next week’s potential Pool Five decider against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Gilroy suffered a suspected broken nose when colliding with Andrew Trimble when diving for a try during the 55th minute of Friday night’s 27-16 win over Montpellier.

First half tries from Robbie Diack and Ruan Pienaar, plus a second half try by prop, John Afoa and 12 points from Pienaar’s boot secured the victory which ensured Ulster remained unbeaten in their pool.

However, a try scoring bonus point win would have guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals.

Now all roads lead to Welford Road as Ulster look to finish top of the pool and secure a home quarter-final on the first weekend of April.

Admitting it was not Ulster’s best work on the night, Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe said that no matter what happened it was always going to come down to a winner takes all game away to Leicester.

“We have five from five and got to be proud of that because no one else has it in Europe. We won tonight and that was what we wanted to do,” he said.

“I said before the game that if I got four points from this game I would be happy. I said on the first night of the competition that if we won all six games with 24 points we would qualify and we are on track.

“At the end of the day a lot of people just started expecting a bonus point and it is not showing enough respect for a Montpellier side who came here to play rugby.

“We had our moments to put it to bed, but we did not do that and that is something for us to improve and fix.”