Ulster were made to work hard for their sixth consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 victory, grinding out a 27-17 win over a battling Newport Gwent Dragons side to keep their noses just in front of the Scarlets in fourth place.
Following his left knee injury sustained against Zebre on Saturday, March 11, Marcell Coetzee underwent exploratory surgery in Belfast yesterday, under the care of the Ulster Rugby medical team and the Ulster Independent Clinic.
Ulster pounded Italian visitors Zebre to the tune of ten tries at Kingspan Stadium, elevating the province to fourth place in the GUINNESS PRO12 on 57 points - four clear of the Scarlets with five games left to play.
In dire weather conditions Ulster just missed out on their fourth consecutive bonus point victory, putting three tries past Benetton Treviso whose stout defence in the final quarter kept the elusive fourth score at bay.
Ireland backs Andrew Trimble, Craig Gilroy and Jared Payne have been included in the Ulster back-line for Friday's crucial GUINNESS PRO12 match against Benetton Treviso at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm).
Les Kiss has named a strong Ulster squad for the GUINNESS PRO12 trip to play Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Sunday (kick-off 1.30pm local time/12.30pm Irish time), which will see Tommy Bowe reach a special milestone for the province.
Ulster put in one of their finest displays of the season at Kingspan Stadium, running five tries past fellow top four hopefuls Glasgow Warriors to leapfrog the Scots into fifth place in the GUINNESS PRO12 table.
The GUINNESS PRO12 takes centre stage this weekend as the focus returns to club rugby. Sky Sports will screen two massive fixtures taking place among teams from the top six with Ospreys hosting Munster and Ulster taking on Glasgow Warriors.