Despite the loss, there were some excellent performances among the travelling side, with prop Gareth Thomas, lock Rhys Davies, and back rowers Olly Cracknell and Morgan Morris grafting hard to combat the bulky Ulster pack. In the backs, scrumhalf Rhys Webb was as lively as ever causing trouble for the hosts and setting up Giles’ try with a charge down and a hack on; while centre Keiran Williams was a handful for the midfield when he got his hands on the ball. Winger Luke Morgan provided plenty of threat from deep once he got going, but unfortunately suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury on the cusp of half-time.
Rhys Webb spoke after the game:
“I’m very proud of the effort they put in. We know we had to improve from last week, and we came out well and set the tone. But if we want to beat the likes of Ulster, Leinster, and Munster, we have to play for the 80 minutes and we conceded a few easy tries.
“I do enjoy leading the team and I’m enjoying playing week in week out. We’ve got a young bunch of boys and it’s helping them learn. We want to be where Ulster are now at the top of the conference.
“The coaches have placed their template down, and It’s down to the players now to back their confidence.”