ULSTER 26 LEICESTER 7
Darren Cave lit up the Kingspan Stadium with a hat-trick of tries as Ulster put their woes behind then to win handsomely against Leicester Tigers and end their European Cup campaign on a high.
Although Ulster had no chance of progressing any further in Pool Three, the English Premiership side came to Belfast in search of a bonus point win which would keep their chances of qualification alive.
For 20 minutes it was a contest. Then Cave went over for his first try - Ian Humphreys missing the conversion.
Leicester fired everything they had at the Irish Province for the next 20 minutes. But Ulster defended well and then launched a series of attacks, Cave getting a brilliant wrap around pass from Humphreys to make it 10-0. Ruan Pienaar added the extras and it was 12-0 at the break.
Four minutes into the second half the slim hopes Leicester had of qualification finally fizzled out when Cave completed his hat-trick and Pienaar added the conversion.
Craig Gilroy secured a try scoring bonus point when he crossed for the fourth try after 54 minutes.
Pienaar converted superbly from the touchline for a 26-0 lead.
Ulster lost Black to the bin and shortly after Herbst, Leicester scored a try through winger Adam Thompsone, converted by Freddie Burns.
The Ulster defence stood solid and ensured Leicester’s trips to Belfast remain winless.