But it was Mullins who possibly made as big an impression as the hat-trick hero. He posed a constant threat to the Whites defence, scored a second half try and received the biggest ovation of the evening when he was replaced in the dying minutes.
The Whites opened the scoring with a try from Kieron Dawson after five minutes but trailed 19-5 at the interval and they needed a piece of individual brilliance from Tyrone Howe on two occasions in the second half to save themselves from a bigger defeat..
Colours. P Wallace (try); J Topping, G Duffy (three tries), M Mullins (try), A Horgan; R O'Gara (five cons), B O'Meara; J Fitzpatrick, S Byrne, S Best, L Cullen, M O'Kelly, A Quinlan, K Gleeson (try), V Costello (try).
Whites. G Dempsey; T Robinson, J Kelly, D Quinlan, T Howe (two tries); M McHugh, E Reddan; R Corrigan, P Shields, E Byrne, G Longwell, P O'Connell, D Wallace, K Dawson (try), E Millar. Replacements: K Campbell (try) for Reddan, M Cahill for Corrigan, B Jackman for Shields, T Hogan for Longwell, B Everitt (three cons) for Dempsey.
Referee - David McHugh.