**Guinness PRO14 Round 9 Team of the Week**, brought to you by [Macron](https://www.macron.com/uk/en/#email_popup_collector)\n\nThere may have only been three matches in Round 9 of the Guinness PRO14, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of quality on show over the festive period. \n\nWith the Welsh derbies producing two of the closest matches of the season, there were standout performers all over the pitch for both sides, as Scarlets and Cardiff Blues took the points. \n\nOn Sunday, Ulster claimed the bragging rights over Connacht with a superb 32-19 victory at the Sportsground to extend their unbeaten start to the season to nine games and take a seven-point lead at the top of Conference A.\n\n**Ian Madigan** scored 22 of those points for the visitors, as the fly-half excelled with the boot at the weekend, and duly takes his place at No.10 in the Round 9 Team of the Week, brought to you by [Macron](https://www.macron.com/uk/en/#email_popup_collector)\n\nThe 31-year-old has staked his claim for a return to the Ireland set-up heading into the new year, after impressing once again for Dan McFarland’s side who are yet to taste defeat this season. \n\nMadigan wasn’t the only Ulster player to catch the eye over the weekend, with a number of teammates proving influential in their win on the road, including flanker **Jordi Murphy**. \n\nThe 29-year-old was a constant menace around the breakdown at the weekend and forced two turnovers to give his side invaluable possession and keep the Connacht charge at bay.\n\n**James Hume** also deserves great credit for his display, with the centre performing with and without the ball to great effect in the victory over Andy Friend’s side. \n\nWith 16 tackles made as part of a stern rear-guard, and 23 metres gained with the ball in hand, Hume played a decisive part in stretching his side’s unbeaten run. \n\nThe final Ulster man to make the XV is **Kieran Treadwell**, with the 25-year-old putting in exactly the type of performance that we all know he is capable of, as his side needed his physical presence in the battle up front.