Ulster took over from Cardiff Blues at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 table after recording a 20-3 win - their third straight league victory of the campaign - in a far-from-memorable encounter at Ravenhill.
Two first-half tries from Darren Cave, who retired injured at half-time, helped seal the win for Brian McLaughlin's side.
Former Auckland Blues player Jared Payne was handed an Ulster debut and showed some nice touches. He nearly scored at the death, but overall it was a poor game played in occasional driving rain and filled with errors.
As for the Blues, their first League reverse came off the back of a dismal effort as they hardly ever threatened the Ulster line.
Edinburgh posted their first win of the league campaign when they saw off unbeaten Connacht 19-14 in a scrappy encounter at Murrayfield.
A 14-point contribution from Edinburgh skipper Greig Laidlaw earned him the man of the match award with the stand-off kicking four penalties as well as converting a try by Gregor Hunter.
Connacht relied on the boot of Matthew Jarvis to keep them in the match and his replacement Niall O'Connor accounted for the Irishmen's other points with a penalty and a try.