Connacht edge out rivals Ulster

PA Sport
Miah Nikora

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Miah Nikora

Connacht put a dent in Ulster's RaboDirect PRO12 play-off ambitions by holding on for a deserved 26-21 derby victory at the Sportsground.

Miah Nikora and captain Gavin Duffy broke through for Connacht tries in a bruising first half, but young centre Paddy Jackson kicked Ulster into a 16-13 interval lead.

Tiernan O'Halloran struck for his fifth try of the league campaign, only for Jackson to dot down in the 53rd minute and keep the visitors on course. However, a Nikora penalty nudged Connacht back in front and they held on to secure a first win over Ulster since December 2005.

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