Four of Ulster's best Heineken Cup victories

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Ulster director of coaching Mark Anscombe spoke of his enormous pride after his side secured a magnificent victory over Montpellier in the Heineken Cup last Friday.

It's been widely touted as one of the Irish province's best-ever wins in Europe's premier club competition. Here is a look at four contenders for that tag.

Ulster 21-6 Colomiers, 1999

It's the obvious choice when looking for Ulster's best-ever Heineken Cup victory because this win sealed the trophy. Simon Mason and David Humphries inspired the Irish side to a memorable win which capped off an impressive run of European results which saw them beat Toulouse and Stade Francais en route to the final in Dublin.

Ulster 33 Leicester Tigers 0, 2004

Perhaps made all the more significant because Ulster were bottom of their Pool prior to the Ravenhill clash. It was their first-half performance which was mightily impressive as Tyrone Howe opened the scoring before Andy Ward bagged two tries before Shane Stewart touched over in the second half to also claim a bonus point.

Munster 16-22 Ulster, 2011

It was a huge win which stunned their Irish rivals at Thomond Park. Ulster took a big step towards the Heineken Cup final with a 22-16 win thanks to a try from Craig Gilroy and an excellent kicking display from fly-half Ruan Pienaar. Their triumph would set-up a semi-final clash with Edinburgh which Ulster would go on to win before losing to Leinster in the final.

Montpellier 8-25 Ulster, 2013

And of course, there is Friday's victory. It's been a solid if unspectacular start to the season for the Irish province. But their campaign certainly came to life in the Heineken Cup in France. Andrew Trimble's try and the boot of Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar landed the decisive scores, but it was a team effort as Ulster had a plethora of man-of-the-match contenders come the final whistle.

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