Pro12: Treviso 23-27 Ulster

Ulster full-back Adam D'Arcy kicks the ball clear against Treviso
Ulster full-back Adam D'Arcy kicks the ball clear against Treviso

Ulster's hopes of reaching the Pro12 play-offs are still alive thanks to an 80th-minute match-winning try by centre Ian Whitten.

Treviso had looked set to complete a double over Brian McLaughlin's men as they led 23-20 in the closing stages.

Earlier, Enrico Ceccato's opening try had boosted Treviso but back row Chris Henry touched down for Ulster.

A try by Alberto di Bernardo in the 69th minute rocked Ulster but they got the win with Whitten's last-gasp score.

"It was a far from perfect performance but I thought that we showed tremendous character to pull back and get the away win against a side that was full of Italian internationals," said Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin.

"We put them under a fair bit of pressure in the first five minutes but then we turned the ball over the ball which they hacked down the pitch to score a fairly soft try and put us 7-0 down at the start.

"Treviso threw everything at us and in the first half our scrum was under a little bit of pressure but we sorted that in the second half and we scrummed well.

"Paddy Wallace scored a magnificent try around the 70 minute mark to put us right back into the mix and bring us from 23-13 down right up to 23-20 once Ruan added the conversion, and thankfully there was enough time on the clock for the winning try.

"It was by no means a top-class performance but we showed a lot of self-belief to get the win we so badly needed to keep us in contention for a play-off spot."

Treviso: B Williams, T Iannone, A Sgarbi, G Garcia, L Nitoglia, K Burton, E Gori; R Barbieri, A Zanni, M Vosawai, C Van Zyl, A Pavanello (cpt), L Cittadini, E Ceccato, M Rizzo.

Replacements: F Sbaraglini, M Muccignat, I Fernandez Rouyet, V Bernabo, F Minto, G Padro, F Semenzato, A Di Bernardo.

Ulster: A D'Arcy, C Gilroy, D Cave, P Wallace, S Terblanche, I Humphreys, R Pienaar; T Court, A Kyriacou, J Afoa, J Muller (cpt), D Tuohy, C Henry, W Faloon, R Diack.

Replacements: N Brady, P McAllister, A Macklin, L Stevenson, N McComb, P Marshall, I Whitten, N Spence.

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