A magnificent second half performance ensured an Ulster away victory â€“ their first in eight matches against the Cardiff Blues.
Following Ireland's 20 point loss to New Zealand, Irish blindside flanker Stephen Ferris was left puzzled why the referee didn't punish the All Blacks for slowing down the play.
Despite a committed performance, there were no miracles at tonightâ€™s showdown between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium, with the All Blacks winning 38-18.
Leinster comfortably moved up to fourth while Connacht were denied a third home win of the season with a late win for Ospreys.
Simon Danielli and BJ Botha will return from injury for Ulster for the provinceâ€™s Magners League encounter with Cardiff this Sunday.
Ronan Oâ€™Gara has committed himself to at least another two seasons of international rugby by signing a new contract with Ireland.
Eoin Reddan and Jonathan Sexton have been recalled to the Ireland team for this weekendâ€™s clash with New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.
Gavin Duffy will make his 100th appearance for Connacht against Ospreys in the Magners League on Friday evening.