ULSTER, IRELAND AND Lions flanker Stephen Ferris made a massive impact on his first appearance since suffering injury in November 2012.
The blindside was named on the bench for tonight’s re-arranged fixture with Llanelli Scarlets and was introduced with Ulster already leading 21 – 13 thanks to a first-half masterclass from Tommy Bowe and Paddy Jackson.
However, the Ravenhill crowd were given plenty of reason to roar despite a subdued second half as Ferris donned his scrumcap and joined the action in the 63rd minute.
He wasted no time in making his presence felt, replicating his World Cup 2011 tackle and drive on Will Genia as Gareth Davies took a high ball.
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Despite the long lay-off, Ferris looked sharp and spritely throughout and was central to Ulster securing a late bonus point, Tom Court rumbling over the line after Ferris had quick-tapped a five-metre penalty.
The injury news was not all good for Ulster, however, as Callum Black was stretchered off during the one-sided first half. And with three minutes remaining, scrum-half Ruan Pienaar looked to be in some discomfort as he held his arm.
The Springbok was replaced by Michael Heaney as Ulster chased the bonus point which leaves them just three points behind Munster in second place.