Replacement hooker Rhys Thomas got the vital try nine minutes from time to earn the Welsh region their first success of this season's Heineken Cup. But Ulster had to play a large part of the game without influential fly half David Humphreys. The Irish international staggered from the field with a suspected fractured cheekbone suffered during Cardiff's opening try. Humphreys, who had levelled the scores with a second penalty early in the second half, collided with teammate Kevin Maggs as Tom Shanklin burst through to set up Jonny Vaughton's score. Two penalties from replacement Adam Larkin set-up a nail-biting finish but Cardiff's defence for once held firm to record only their third European victory in three seasons.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.