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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ulster power through Leicester Tigers in front of a packed Ravenhill

Leicester Tigers were dealt with in no uncertain terms as Ulster handed them a hefty 41-7 blow at Ravenhill on Friday night. It was the largest points total Leicester had conceded in 15 seasons of European rugby, and the biggest margin of defeat too.

Ulster came out firing as their vocal home crowd backed them all the way against a powerhouse side that in the past wouldn't have struggled to such an extent. This time, they were no match for Ulster who have effectively knocked the Tigers out of the competition.

"We are out. We will be third in our group. We are done," said Leicester's Richard Cockerill.

"You don't want to be conceding 40 points. They are a good side, and we didn't cope with it. We never got on the front foot enough, and when we did, they worked very hard on the ball and we couldn't cope with their intensity.

"We needed to come here and get a result, and we thought we could do that. The side we had out was good enough to put up a better show than that," he added.

On the flipside Ulster's skipper Johann Muller was full of praise for his troops.

"That was definitely one of our best performances in terms of taking our chances and the passion we showed. But it doesn't mean anything unless we get some points in Clermont [next week]. We have to make sure we do what we have to do," he said.

Andrew Trimble scored twice and South African Ruan Pienaar, who has just extended his contract, kicked five penalties and three conversions. Craig Gilroy scored with about ten minutes left, then speedy number nine Paul Marshall exploited a huge gap to drive the nail into the Leicester coffin.

Posted at 6:09 pm | 10 comments

Ulster snatch victory from the Dragons with classic finish

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Sylvain January 19, 2012 7:38 pm

Ulster men, welcome in the warm cauldron of ASM Clermont Auvergne !!! It could be epic!!

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Bertrand January 19, 2012 8:02 pm

Very exciting highlights to watch, and a great performance by ulster! The commentator is so excited he sounds almost french ^^

Looking forward to the game against Clermont! GAME ON!

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nathan January 19, 2012 8:42 pm

Sorry, no way am i pressing play on that video. I never want to see any of that game again!!! lol

Well play Ulster though, if you can put more performances in like that i think you could win the thing!

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rbieshaw January 19, 2012 8:59 pm

marshall is so good if pienaar wasn't at ulster (though as an ulster fan im not complaining) he'd be starting for ireland by now.

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Canadian content January 20, 2012 12:15 am

yeah who is this marshall dude? he exploded for that try, love that expression! ireland has got to get him playing somewhere.

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modeselektor January 20, 2012 12:59 am

Marshall not even on Irish Wolfhounds squad...baffling. Has had so many great performances this year. Sharp little snipes round the ruck and greatly improved footballing this season.

Pity about the disallowed try, it looked great

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SpencaH January 20, 2012 11:12 am

Yaa that disallowed try was nice, timing of trimbles run was perfect, think some refs would have let that go. Superb game for them!

I'm not even an Ulster fan and I am buzzing after watching those highlights!!

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rugbyjunkycom January 20, 2012 3:06 pm

Irish selection for the 6 Nations is baffling... Kidney playing it way too safe. Surely now is the time to start rebuilding process post World Cup? Looking forward to the Clermont V Ulster game tomorrow.

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Mitchell January 21, 2012 11:16 am

Well there's 2 players who should have Ireland call-ups but probably won't. It's always been a rumour that players south of the border are given preference, but I guess we'll see how it plays out. Both have been playing their socks off this season and if they don't get a reward, it will be completely baffling.

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Canada January 22, 2012 2:10 am

That picture where it is zoomed out on the scrum on the 5m...is amazing. The fucking TOWER/PILLAR of steam coming up from the pack....thats so rugby for me.


Cracking highlights too

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