Pienaar puts Ulster in pound seats(Again)


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.

Saturday’s results

Saracens 64-6 Connacht
The scorers:
For Saracens:
Ashton 2, Strettle 3, Brits, Goode, Kruis, Wyles, Wray, Johnston
Cons: Hodgson 3
Pen: Hodgson

For Connacht:
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

The scorers:
For Zebre:
Orquera 2

For Toulouse:
Con: Doussain
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

The scorers:
For Blues:
Con: Halfpenny
Pens: Halfpenny 2

For Exeter Chiefs:
Con: Steenson
Pens: Steenson 4

Yellow card: Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs, 72 – repeated offences)

Glasgow Warriors 8-15 Toulon

The scorers:
For Glasgow:
Pen: Jackson

For Toulon:
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

The scorers:
For Leicester Tigers:
Con: Flood
Pens: Flood 4

For Ulster:
Con: Pienaar
Pens: Pienaar 5

Montpellier 24-6 Benetton Treviso

The scorers:
For Montpellier:
Ranger, Gorgodze, Dupont, Berard
Con: Escande 2

For Benetton Treviso:
Botes 2

Yellow cards: Marco Filippucci (Benetton Treviso, 16), Lorenzo Cittadini (Benetton Treviso, 74), Charles Geli (Montpellier, 77)

Source: Rugby365


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7 comments for “Pienaar puts Ulster in pound seats(Again)

  1. avatar
    January 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Yeah as Duiwel says… ‘impactless’…

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  2. avatar
    January 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I watch the game last night and Pienaar is playing some great rugby, I am starting to wonder if it is not that he is force into a game “plan” in the Bok setup.

    Can not understand that this player can service his back and be the playmaker in the Ulster team but in the Bok setup he seems useless.

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  3. avatar
    January 20, 2014 at 2:11 am


    For some time now the Bok pack and breakdown work as a unit has been shoddy to say the least…

    Ulster have not had this problem this season…

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  4. avatar
    January 20, 2014 at 6:40 am

    @bryce_in_oz: Must be something like that because nothing else makes sense.

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  5. avatar
    January 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    He is one of the most overrated duds
    in the Bok setup

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  6. avatar
    January 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

    But in the past two games in Europe he has been outstanding in each I think he scored all his teams’ points in crucial wins over big sides.

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  7. avatar
    January 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Must be because he is well rested.
    He does fckall when he is in the Bok side.

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