10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
In Wales David Humphreys kicked four penalties for Ulster who led 12-0 as a dull game drifted to a close before Paddy Wallace scored a late try to give the final scoreline a flattering aspect.
And in Selkirk, a 45 metre injury time drop goal from Mark McHugh gave Connacht a one point win (28-27) over Scottish newcomers, Borders.
Newport came a cropper at home where they were beaten 13-5 by Bridgend whose Lion Daffyd James scored a try to cap a marvellous personal performance.
Munster turned in a gutsy performance in Stradey Park to beal Llanelli 20-13, the Munster try coming from Mossie Lawlor in the closing minutes following a clever cross-field kick by Ronan O'Gara.