12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Ulster suffered a heavy defeat to a rampant Gloucester side that needed a win to keep their European dream alive. Ulster were out scored six tries to one, with Henry Paul being the main thorn in Ulster's Side, contributing 25 points.
The basis for the win was Gloucester's superiority in the forwards and although the Ulster eight battled all afternoon, in the end they could not withstand the onslaught.
Gloucester raced into a 9 - 0 lead thanks to three penalties from Paul, but this was erased by David Humphreys who kicked a penalty and scored a fine try after good work from Neil Doak and Kevin Maggs, with the conversion giving Ulster the lead after 28 Minutes. The lead was not to last, as Henry Paul kicked another penalty and things got worse for Ulster as the unfortunate Humphreys had a pass intercepted and returned 65 metres by Duncan McRae for the score.
Humphreys cut the deficit with another penalty, but again Gloucester came back with a try through full back Jon Goodridge, which was converted by Paul again. After the break, Ulster prop Rod Moore was sin binned and Paul continued to pile on the misery with a drop goal, which was followed by a try from South African prop Bezuidenhout to make the score 29 - 13.
Before Moore could return, Humphreys completed his miserable day to have another pass intercepted by Gloucester to give James Simpson-Daniels the easy run in. The final whistle could not come quick enough, but Gloucester again played party pooper and scored two late tries through Garvey and Adam Balding to bring up the 50 point mark.
The day got even worse for Ulster when Paddy Wallace, who had come on for Humphreys, damaged an ankle and will be out for up to four weeks.
15 - Bryn Cunningham 14 - Tommy Bowe 13 - Kevin Maggs 12 - Paul Steinmetz 11 - Tyrone Howe 10 - David Humphreys 9 - Neil Doak 1 - Simon Best 2 - Nigel Brady 3 - Rod Moore 4 - Gary Longwell 5 - Matt McCullough 6 - Andy Ward 7 - Neil Best 8 - Roger Wilson
16 - Paul Shields 17 - Ronan McCormack 18 - Rowan Frost 19 - Campbell Feather 20 - Kieran Campbell 21 - Paddy Wallace 22 - Adam Larkin
15 - Jon Goodridge 14 - Marcel Garvey 13 - Terry Fanolua 12 - Henry Paul 11 - James Simpson - Daniel 10 - Duncan McRae 9 - Andy Gomarsall 1 - Christo Bezuienhout 2 - Chris Fortey 3 - Phil Vickery 4 - Adam Eustace 5 - Alex Brown 6 - Peter Buxton 7 - Andy Hazell 8 - James Forrester
16 - Olivier Azam 17 - Gary Powell 18 - Mark Comwell 19 - Adam Balding 20 - Alex page 21 - Nathan Mauger 22 - James Bailey