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David Humphreys, the Ulster fly-half and looking for a recall to the Irish side for Six Nations action, virtually kicked Wasps out of the Heineken European Cup in Belfast last night with six penalties, four drop goals and a conversion of his own try. The only score to elude him was a late try in the corner by teammate Tyrone Howe.
Yet Wasps had started full of promise playing with a strong wind and after an early exchange of penalties, prop Will Green dived over from a five-metre line-out for a converted try and at half-time they held a 13-6 lead. Then Ulster dominated possession and territory in the last 40 minutes as Wasps gave away a succession of penalties and his forwards kept setting up good positions for Humphreys to drop his goals.
Kenny Logan missed a number of kicks again in this game but landed a total of four penalties. Not enough to deny Ulster who won this competition two years ago, yet in four previous meetings between the two sides in the European Cup, Wasps won every time.
"It was one of those nights when everything went over but it was never just my night, said Humphreys. "Everyone played very well into a strong wind during the first half and we came out in the second and produced an excellent performance. I was just lucky to be in the right place. He overhauled the record of another fly-half, former Leicester and Springbok Joel Stransky who bagged 35 points playing against Glasgow in 1996.
"It was an incredible display," Wasps lock Ian Jones said later. “Their forwards gave David some good ball and he certainly knows how to kick goals. There is no doubt, Ulster were the best side tonight and it doesn't make us proud to be the first English team beaten by them. We can only pick ourselves up and look forward to the forthcoming games against Treviso."