Click here for photos from Friday’s Heineken Cup clash between Ulster and Saracens at Ravenhill.
Pictured above: Ulster players congratulate hooker Rory Best (centre) on his crucial 78th-minute try, which David Humphreys converted to top off the province’s dramatic 19-10 win. It was the 23-year-old Best’s first European try and second of his senior Ulster career. Best scored his first try against Connacht in the Celtic League in October.
Rory Best and Ireland centre Kevin Maggs congratulate each other after a bruising encounter with Sarries. The result – Ulster’s 14th successive Heineken Cup victory at Ravenhill – sent Mark McCall’s side to the top of Pool Four. Ulster lie just a single point ahead of Sarries ahead of next Saturday’s return match at Vicarage Road.
Ulster lock Matt McCullough is tackled by Saracens and former England scrum-half Kyran Bracken.
Young Ulster centre Andrew Trimble tries to get past Saracens full-back Dan Scarbrough with fly-half David Humphreys in close support.
Tommy Bowe takes a tumble as he is tackled by Sarries’ French international Thomas Castaignede (right). The Gallic centre was sin-binned by his countryman, referee Eric Darriere on 71 minutes for a deliberate knock-on.
Andrew Trimble kicks a loose ball ahead at Ravenhill. Afterwards, Ulster coach Mark McCall, in summing up a thrilling evening, said: “It was always going to be close. We were delighted to be just 7-3 down at half-time. In the second half we certainly stepped up our performance and we are delighted to have won and know we can certainly play a lot better than that. It’s a huge game for us next week.
“I thought we stepped up our game in all departments in the second half and we played very effectively and kept our composure.”
**All photos by Andrew Paton of Inpho Photography**