Darren Cave treble as Ulster end Euro campaign on high against Leicester

Ulster's Darren Cave goes over for his third try
Ulster's Darren Cave goes over for his third try

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.