Ulster will be playing away from home in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals after Clermont Auvergne leapfrogged them at the top of Pool Four with a narrow 19-15 win.
The Irish province were already assured of a place in the last eight as one of the best runners-up following surprise defeats for Harlequins and Toulouse on Friday night, and a win would have seen them top the pool.
Morgan Parra and Ruan Pienaar both struck three penalties each before the latter put the visitors ahead in the 57th minute. Ti'i Paulo's try 15 minutes from time gave Clermont a decisive advantage and although Pienaar brought Ulster back to within a point, Parra's final penalty ensured Clermont finish as table toppers with a better head-to-head record in terms of tries scored over the two matches played.
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