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  • Ashton, Fraser,
    Penalty goals: Farrell (5),
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27 - 16


  • Henderson,
    Penalty goals: Pienaar (3),
    Conversions: Pienaar,
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Quarter Final
  • 6th Apr 2013
  • KO 18:30
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 37,888

Saracens v Ulster - Live

Last updated: 6th April 2013  

Full Time80 SARACENS 27-16 ULSTER

80 And that is that. Saracens dominant in the lineout, breakdown and in defence earn their victory at Twickenham. Very clinical and utterly ruthless, they will now progress to their first semi-final since 2007. Ulster's hoodoo at Twickenham continues and despite being on top in the scrum they just could not find a way through the Saracens defence. A tough day for Ulster, a memorable one for Saracens.

TRY79 TRY, ULSTER, HENDERSON! 27-16 Ulster do get something - Iain Henderson crashing through the tacklers in the right-hand corner after plugging away for so long. Break from Olding down the left opened the space and Henderson's quick feet did the rest. Pienaar converts.

76 Saracens empty the bench as they continue to repel Ulster's attack. Wide pass from Payne is taken by Olding who gets clattered by Ashton blitzing. Ulster playing all the rugby but from deep within their own 22.

73 Will Fraser off for Saracens and named Man of the Match. Ulster attacking and have a penalty as Poite issues a warning to Saracens. Tap and go, Ulster again enjoying plenty of possession but unable to find that breakthrough. Bowe looking sharp.

71 Ulster still trying to salvage something to take from this game, playing with width and two replacements make an impact, Tommy Bowe and Robbie Diack. Into the Saracens 22 - Chris Wyles knocking on going for the intercept.

68 Luke Marshall carried off for Ulster after being down for some time - only just returned from concussion. Ulster go for the corner but lose the lineout again, scrum to Saracens on their own 5 metre line.

67 Ulster showing some fight, getting over the gain line and drawing in some tired defenders now. Cross-field kick is knocked on but we will come back for the penalty.

65 Saracens continuing to control the Ulster lineout, struggling in the scrum but on top in the air.

TRY62 TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 27-9 Jinking burst from Goode returning a kick has Ulster back-pedalling. Inside ball from Barritt to Ashton, who speeds around the outside, puts in a swallow dive, and seals the win. Good try for the England winger.

61 Payne the only Ulsterman to really find space so far as the Irish side charge forward. Taken though by Rhys Gill and Farrell clears long.

Penalty59 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 22-9 Schalk Brits limps off for Saracens as Farrell lines up a long shot at goal. It's very far out, but not a problem. Outstanding kick.

Penalty56 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 19-9 Plenty of time left and Pienaar knows it, adding another three points as Mako Vunipola departs.

55 Long lineout knocked on by Henderson, de Kock clearing. Barritt with another heavy tackle but Ulster finally do find a gap, Henderson powering forward. Wide right to Payne and onto Trimble, flirting with the touchline. Penalty to Ulster.

54 Ulster still on top in the scrum, winning another penalty a Pienaar finds a long touch up to the Saracens 22.

52 Neil de Kock on for Saracens as the pass from Payne goes forward. Ball pinballing around the midfield but Barritt's offload is forward, scrum to Ulster.

51 Wide pass from Payne to Gilroy, tackled by Ashton. Ball slowed down and Pienaar kicks, knocked on by Wigglesworth. Ulster continue to attack but Saracens defence holds again, forcing them into touch.

Penalty49 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 19-6 First points of the second half go to the hosts - bad omen for Ulster.

48 Saracens with the rolling maul, Brits at the base. Penalty advantage, good work from the pack and Farrell will go for goal.

46 Muller takes the lineout as Ulster pick and go, trying to suck in defenders. Gilroy looks to be through but Ulster are penalised for obstruction - Farrell kicking up to the Ulster 22.

45 Gilroy skips out of his 22 before Jackson and Goode exchange kicks, both sides playing it safe. Ulster struggling to find space and forced to kick once more.

44 Good work from Joubert at the breakdown, hungry for the turnover and forcing the penalty. Farrell clears into the Ulster half.

42 Ulster lineout just on halfway - short to Henry as Pienaar launches a high kick, taken by Ashton. Ball stuck, scrum to Ulster.

40 Good take by Trimble under the high ball and Pienaar kicks long, too long really, Wigglesworth with ample time to clear.

40 Farrell starts off the second half, Ulster with work to do.


40 Nothing coming from Saracens rolling maul, and that will be half-time. Something not quite right about this game, perhaps the quiet atmosphere, but Ulster being let down by too many errors. Saracens clinical when chances have come their way, but they were lucky with the lineout ahead of the maul. Second half coming up.

38 Ulster need something before half-time, and they're on the attack now. Another unforced error though and Saracens may have the last say of the half. It's not to be - loose pass and Jackson counters for Ulster. Another penalty though to Saracens, Chris Henry penalised for holding on. Farrell kicks to touch.

Penalty36 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 16-6 Warning for Steve Borthwick from Poite over action off the ball. Farrell with a shot from 34 metres out... no problem. Saracens now with a ten point lead.

34 Questions as to whether the lineout before the maul should have happened after examining the replays, where the ball appeared to come off Ernst Joubert. Play continues however, shrill blast of the whistle from Poite as Saracens win another penalty, good work from Fraser. Farrell going for goal.

TRY33 TRY, SARACENS, FRASER! 13-6 Upstairs to the TMO after Saracens driving maul. Poite asks if there is any reason why the try cannot be given, but there are no signs of anything wrong. Saracens grab the first try of the match! Will Fraser the man at the bottom of the pile. Farrell converts.

Penalty32 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 6-6 All level again, no trouble for Pienaar.

30 Knocked on by Hargreaves from the restart, Ulster scrum in midfield. Powerful drive from the visitors, advantage coming and that's an Ulster penalty. Pienaar to go for goal.

Penalty28 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 6-3 Straight through from the England fly-half, Saracens back in front.

27 Smart restart from Saracens as Jackson is thumped, Ulster penalised for sealing off. Farrell to go for goal.

Penalty26 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 3-3 Third time lucky for Ulster, all square.

25 Advantage to Ulster against Fraser for slowing it down, Ulster attacking in the Saracens 22. Henderson with a dart but Poite comes back for the penalty - a much simpler opportunity for Pienaar right in front of the posts.

24 Pienaar raises his arms as this one comes back off the post. Steve Borthwick knocks on from the rebound though, handing Ulster a very promising scrum in the Saracens 22.

22 High angled kick from Jackson is recovered by Saracens through Ashton, but Saracens are penalised at the breakdown. Pienaar going for the posts once more.

21 Pienaar's penalty attempt is a bad one - good angle but he hits it wide to the right.

20 Brits goes long from the lineout - box kick from Wigglesworth who finds a good touch. Important clearance for Saracens. Ulster respond with a driving maul. Jackson goes on his own after looking inside, penalty to Ulster around 38 metres out.

19 Ulster attacking, Afoa rumbling forward. Jackson kicks brilliantly into the corner as Ulster turn up the pressure.

17 Ulster's lineout struggling, free kick to Saracens who go high. Recovered by Ulster who keep deep into the 22 but Brits goes quickly, Alex Goode attempting to return but not gaining too much yardage. Ulster lineout in Saracens half.

15 Lineout move from Saracens again finds Tomkins in space, cantering through a gap but Ulster first slow it down and then turnover possession, Pienaar kicking long. Strettle kicks into touch, good net gain for Ulster.

14 Free kick against Saracens and Stevens - Paddy Jackson clears up to the 40 metre line.

13 Saracens go left to Tomkins, who breaks tackles but the ball goes forward. Scrum Ulster deep in their own 22.

12 Short dropout from Ulster is too clever and Saracens now have a scrum outside the 22, dead centre. Great platform.

10 Big drive from the Ulster scrum, box kick taken by Strettle who is wrapped up. Both sides trading kick until Gilroy steps through a gap, Ulster patient in attack. Wide left but back for the penalty as Ashton is penalised. Williams offloads but it finds a Saracen, Ashton kicking on and blocked but nothing coming. Ulster dropout.

8 Gilroy cuts infield, Ulster attacking well. Luke Marshall through a gap but the ball is turned over by Vunipola. Long clearance kick as Saracens attack through Farrell and Fraser. Wide left to Tomkins, onto Strettle but the ball goes into touch. Good tackle from Afoa.

6 Ernst Joubert penalised for holding on after a good Ulster drive from the scrum. Jackson kicks into Saracens half.

5 Steal at the lineout and Vunipola tidies up. Barritt driven back in the tackle, high kick from Farrell taken by Payne. Ulster try and spread the ball left but Cave knocks on, scrum to Saracens.

3 Jared Payne collects the high kick for Ulster and steps past the first man, but the ball goes into touch near halfway. Saracens lineout - Tomkins up the middle. Farrell attempts to chip over Craig Gilroy but the ball goes straight out.

Penalty2 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 3-0 Easy for Farrell, Saracens take the lead.

1 Saracens turnover possession and Ashton attacks down the right touchline. Advantage to Saracens, Tom Court offside for Ulster.

Kick-off Both sides take the field in front of a slightly sparse crowd at the home of English rugby. Paddy Jackson gets us started. It's live!

Sunny skies and Twickenham and not a cloud in sight - perfect conditions.

Team news Saracens boss Mark McCall has stressed that everyone needs to be on form as he welcomes back Brad Barritt, David Strettle, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Alistair Hargreaves and Kelly Brown.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Twickenham for Saturday's second Heineken Cup quarter-final between Saracens and Ulster.

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