ULSTER 43 TREVISO 3
Ulster moved second in the Guinness PRO12 standings with a 43-3 bonus point win over Benetton Treviso at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.
The Irish Province scored six tries - five in the second half – to move level on points with Ospreys at the top of the table.
Although the Welsh side lost 26-10 at Edinburgh, where Ulster go next week, they have won more games and remain top.
Ulster were rusty looking in the first half against Treviso, but defended well in the opening stages and a try from Mike Allen plus a penalty and conversion from Ruan Pienaar gave them a 10-0 interval lead.
Treviso put up a brave battle in the third quarter, but when they had Antonio Vavanello and replacement Tomas Vallejos sin-binned and Ulster went for the jugular.
A penalty try on the hour started things moving - although Treviso did score a penalty on 66 minutes through Joe Carlisle.
Ulster relpacement centre, Stuart McCloskey returned from injury and registered a try on 68 minutes, Craig Gilroy the provider.
Gilroy, making his 100th appearance and the youngest Ulster player to do so, was to cross for two tries himself with replacement prop, Andy Warwick, scoring in between.
Pienaar went on to kick six from eight for a total of 13 points.
Ulster: L Ludik; C Gilroy, D Cave, L Marshall, M Allen, I Humphreys, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring, W Herbst, L Stevenson, F Van der Merwe, R Wilson (capt), M McComish, N Williams.
Replacements: J Andrew (Herring 74), A Warwick (Black 66), B Ross (Herbst 74), R Diack (Williams 52), C Ross (Wilson 74), P Marshall (Humphreys 74), S McCloskey (L Marshall 52), P Nelson (Ludik 70)..
Treviso: J Hayward; A Esposito, E Bacchin, S Christie, L Nitogila, J Carlisle, A Lucchese; M Zanusso, D Giazzon, R Harden, A Pavanello (capt), C Van Zyl, M Swanepoel, D Budd, M Luamanu.
Replacements (all used): A Anae, J Novak, S Manu, T Vallejos, N Cattina, A Pratichetti, J Ambrosini, H Seniloli.