Connacht had other ideas, though, taking a 14-0 lead courtesy of a score from Tiernan O’Halloran – who injured his ankle in the process of touching down – and a penalty try.
Stockdale marked his first appearance of the season with a try 24 minutes in, but Ulster were down to 13 men early in the second half when Rea was dismissed for taking out Cian Kelleher in the air with Marcell Coetzee already in the sin bin.
Ulster sit third in Conference B and level on points with second-placed Edinburgh, who secured a four-try 37-21 home win over a Cheetahs side still in search of a first victory.
Brothers George and Peter Horne both touched down as Glasgow Warriors ran in five tries in a 36-8 drubbing of Zebre, propelling them eight points clear at the top of Conference A.
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