Stefan Terblanche rolled back the years to deliver a try-scoring display on his first Ulster start and inspire his new side to a bonus-point 33-17 Pro 12 victory over Munster.
The 37-year-old former South Africa wing joined the Irish province on a short-term deal after Jared Payne was ruled out for the season and used all his experience to create one try and score another.
Meanwhile, the Scarlets made it back-to-back wins during the festive period, with a 10-6 victory over the Dragons to pile more misery on the Pro 12 strugglers.
Former Dragon Aled Thomas returned to haunt his old employers by kicking the decisive penalty after being named as a late inclusion at flyhalf when Stephen Jones failed a fitness test.
In truth the home side dominated the clash but some wasteful kicking from Dragons centre Lewis Robling - who replaced Jason Tovey on the kicking duties when he picked up a first-half injury - was the difference between the sides.
Robling missed four penalties as a try from Johnathan Edwards, converted by Dan Newton, set the stage for Thomas to remind his former employers of his skills.
Ulster 33 Munster 17
Tries: Terblanche, Humphreys, Afoa, Pienaar
Cons: Humphreys 2
Pens: Humphreys 2, Pienaar
Tries: Murphy, O'Dea
Cons: Keatley 2
Ulster: 15 Adam D'Arcy, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Stefan Terblanche, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Chris Henry, 7 Willie Faloon, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (captain), 3 John Afoa, 2 Andi Kyriacou, 1 Paddy McAllister.
Replacements: 16 Nigel Brady, 17 Callum Black, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Ali Birch, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Chris Farrell, 23 Peter Nelson.
Munster: 15 Denis Hurley, 14 Luke O'Dea, 13 Tom Gleeson, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Johne Murphy, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Mick O'Driscoll (captain), 4 Ian Nagle, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Denis Fogarty, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 John Ryan, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Tomas O'Leary, 22 Scott Deasy, 23 Will Chambers.
Dragons 6 Scarlets 10
Pens: Tovey 2
Dragons: 15 Martyn Thomas, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Lewis Robling, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Wayne Evans, 8 Toby Faletau. 7 Gavin Thomas, 6 Danny Lydiate, 5 Rob Sidoli, 4 Adam Jones, 3 Nathan Buck, 2 Lloyd Burns, 1 Nathan Williams.
Replacements: 16 Steve Jones, 17 Phil Price, 18 Dan Way, 19 Jevon Groves, 20 Lewis Evans, 21 Joe Bedford, 22 Anitelea Tuilagi, 23 Will Harries.
Scarlets: 15 Dan Newton, 14 Viliame Iongi, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Gareth Maule (captain), 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Kieran Murphy, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Sione Timani, 3 Deacon Manu, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Iestyn Thomas, 18 Peter Edwards, 19 Lou Reed, 20 Richie Pugh, 21 Gareth Davies, 23 Daniel Evans.
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