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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 October 2006, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Ulster 30-3 Toulouse
Isaac Boss scored one of Ulster's three tries
Ulster try-scorer Isaac Boss tackles Toulouse's Cedric Heymans

Ulster (30) 30
Tries: Trimble (2), Boss
Cons: Humphreys (3)
Pens: Humphreys (3)

Toulouse (3) 3
Pens: Courrent

Ulster got their Heineken Cup season off to a tremendous start by thumping Toulouse at a packed Ravenhill.

The home side did all the damage in the first half with Andrew Trimble's two superb tries split by a glorious solo effort by Isaac Boss.

With David Humphreys adding three conversions and three penalties, Ulster led 30-3 and the game was already over.

Toulouse pressed fruitlessly after the break, and they also had to work hard late on to stop an Ulster bonus-point.

Tommy Bowe's break set up Trimble's opening try in the fourth minute although there was a suspicion that Bowe's pass to his fellow winger might have been forward.

Humphreys' successful conversion was quickly followed by a penalty from the fly-half which put Ulster 10-0 up after eight minutes.

A penalty at either end with Vincent Courrent opening Toulouse's account was followed by Boss' sensational try in the 29th minute.

The scrum-half's dummy completely deceived the Toulouse defence and he ran from the opposition 10-metre line to touch down unopposed.

Toulouse's defence was again nowhere to be seen less than five minutes later when Trimble charged through the midfield and ran 50 yards to score after taking a pass from the excellent Humphreys.

Compounding Toulouse's miserable first half, Yannick Jauzion was sin-binned in first-half injury time for a tackle on Justin Harrison and Humphreys hammered over the penalty to leave Ulster 27 points ahead at the break.

Toulouse tried to rally after the break but the Ulster defence held firm as the score remain unchanged during the entire half.

Justin Fitzpatrick's 67th-minute sin-binning meant a welcome return to Ulster duty for Simon Best after his serious leg-break last season while Toulouse's Fabien Pelous was also order to the bin in the second half.

Ulster pressed hard for a bonus-point in the closing stages without success but it was a mild frustration on a great day for Mark McCall's side.

  • Ulster coach Mark McCall.
  • "It was a brilliant team performance and I don't want to pick out individuals because they all played their part.

    "Maybe there is a sense of frustration at not getting a bonus-point but in reality how can be frustrated after winning 30-3 against Toulouse?"

    Ulster: Cunningham; Bowe, Steinmetz, Wallace, Trimble; Humphreys, Boss; Fitzpatrick, R Best, Young, Harrison, McCullough, Ferris, N Best, Wilson.
    Replacements: Maxwell for Bowe (24), Maggs for Steinmetz (76), Campbell for Boss (82), Barker for Harrison (77), S Best for N Best (73), Dawson for Ferris (68)
    Not Used: Shields.

    Sin bin: J Fitzpatrick 72.

    Toulouse: Poitrenaud, Clerc, Jauzion, Fritz, Heymans, Dubois, Courrent, Perugini, Bru, Hassanein, Albacete, Brennan, Dusatoir, Lamboley, Pelous.
    Replacements: Garbajosa for Poitrenaud (58), Thomas for Clerc (50), Human for Hassanein (58), Millochlusky for Brennan (40), Bouihlou for Lamboley (22).

    Not Used: Lacombe, Montauriol.

    Sin Bin: Jauzion (39, 43), Pelous (58).

    Att: 12,000

    Ref: Dave Pearson (RFU).


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