Ulster began their Heineken Cup campaign with a fine performance against Italian side Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill, earning a crucial bonus point thanks to their four-try haul in their 27-0 win.

The home side weathered a first half assault by the visitors, and put points of the board with a seventh minute penalty from David Humphreys.

Soon after their pack’s dominance paid off when Roger Wilson scored the game’s opening try on 21 minutes after good work from Isaac Boss and Andrew Trimble.
Justin Fitzpatrick sin-binned on the half-hour for an off-the-ball shoulder charge on Dion Kingi.

Try scorer Wilson was yellow-carded by referee Jean-Pierre Mattheu in injury-time for holding on in the tackle and seconds later Treviso’s Fabio Ongaro received the same punishment for an infringement.

The home side went into the break 10 points to the good, and added to their lead when back-row forward Neil Best drove over for the second try on 54 minutes, and sealed the bonus point with two touchdowns in the last five minutes from Neil McMillan and Kevin Maggs.

Neil McMillan went over in the corner from a short line-out for a converted try before a Trimble interception allowed Maggs to run in, with Humphreys missing out on the extra two points.