Ulster edged a huge European Cup encounter with Leicester Tigers to ensure they finished top of Pool Five and secured a home quarterfinal in the process.
For the second week in a row “Man of the Match” Ruan Pienaar, was the difference between Ulster and Leicester Tigers to ensure that Ulster secure a home quarterfinal with six wins out of six games.
Pienaar scored all of his side’s 22 points which include a second half try and a 100% record with the boot. Ulster is the first side since Munster in 2006 to win at Welford Road in the European competition. Pienaar was full of praise for his teammates: “We had to make a massive step-up and the forwards were brilliant,” Ulster’s Springbok said.
As top seeds, Ulster will play eighth seeds Saracens at Ravenhill. That will see former Ulster player and coach, Mark McCall returning to his old stomping ground.
Saracens 64-6 Connacht
Tries: Ashton 2, Strettle 3, Brits, Goode, Kruis, Wyles, Wray, Johnston
Cons: Hodgson 3
Pens: Parks 2
Yellow card: Nathan White (Connacht, 36 – foul play, stamping)
Assistant referee: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Greg Morgan (Wales)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)
Zebre 6-16 Toulouse
Pens: Orquera 2
Pens: Doussain 2, Bézy
Yellow cards: Dries van Schalkwyk (Zebre, 32 repeated offences), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre, 35 – repeated offences)
Cardiff Blues 13-19 Exeter Chiefs
Pens: Halfpenny 2
For Exeter Chiefs:
Pens: Steenson 4
Yellow card: Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs, 72 – repeated offences)
Glasgow Warriors 8-15 Toulon
Pens: Wilkinson 5
Yellow cards: Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon, 54 – foul play, late tackle), Niko Matawalu (Glasgow, 56 – professional foul, slapping down the ball)
Leicester Tigers 19-22 Ulster
For Leicester Tigers:
Pens: Flood 4
Pens: Pienaar 5
Montpellier 24-6 Benetton Treviso
Tries: Ranger, Gorgodze, Dupont, Berard
Con: Escande 2
For Benetton Treviso:
Pens: Botes 2
Yellow cards: Marco Filippucci (Benetton Treviso, 16), Lorenzo Cittadini (Benetton Treviso, 74), Charles Geli (Montpellier, 77)