Andrew Trimble scored a match winning try in the final moments of a remarkable Heineken Cup match at Ravenhill to earn a much needed win.
Ulster recorded only their second home win of the season in dramatic fashion with centre Andrew Trimble crossing the Bourgoin line with two minutes of normal time remaining to give the home side what could be a crucial morale boost to their crumbling season.
With both sides well out of contention for Heineken Cup qualification, Ulster restored some pride after registering their first win in Europe this season and fought back from looking well out of contention to snatch a valuable result before they go to Gloucester next week for their final Heineken Cup clash.
With David Humphreys producing an inspiring performance, something that will have encouraged new coach Matt Williams who takes over from caretaker coach Steve Williams, Ulster hauled themselves back into the game with second-half tries from Tommy Bowe and Paul Marshall before Trimble snatched the result, all three were converted by Humphreys.
Ulster’s cause was helped by Bourgoin having three players sent to the bin and having to play from the 53rd minute on with only 14 players on the field.
Prior to that, the visitors had taken a try bonus when Augusto Petrilli had crossed for their fourth try in the 57th minute. In the end, they had to be content with two losing bonus points.
The visitors crossed the line three times in the opening half, the pick of the scores being the second try, in the 20th minute, when winger Mathieu Nicolas brought off a clever offload that left the Ulster defence flat-footed and saw full-back Florian Denos put in a grubber kick on Ulster’s 22-metre line and dive on the ball as it rolled over the line.
Indeed, Bourgoin, showing great imagination and skill with the ball in hand, opened their account in the first minute when Ulster’s midfield defence opened up and allowed winger Jean Francois Coux make the left corner.
Humphreys brought Ulster back with a fifth-minute penalty and added another, eight minutes later, to give the home side a 6-5 lead.
It did not last though and Denos’ clever try duly arrived which was then added to in injury time when Julien Frier intercepted a Paul Marshall pass off the deck and took the ball just short of the try line when hooker Remy Vigneaux touched down under the posts.
Coux converted and the visitors trotted off behind a 16-7 lead.
Bowe’s try gave Ulster something to chase before Marshall’s try and Trimble’s heroics secured the win.