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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 11th Oct 2013
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Ravenhill, Belfast
- Att: 14,000
Ulster v Leicester - Live
80 FULL TIME: ULSTER 22-16 LEICESTER
80 That's it! Ulster win it but Leicester have managed to take a bonus point. Tigers failed to capitalise on their scrum dominance and that yellow card to Crane proved influential.
79 Ulster will have the final role of the dice though after David Mele sends a territory-finder out on the full. Line-out to Ulster on the Tigers 10m line.
77 PENALTY, LEICESTER, WILLIAMS. 22-16. This isn't over yet! Tigers have the losing bonus point, can they snatch victory with a late try?
75 Crane is back on and looking to make an immediate impact with a couple of charges. Ulster will happly take this score line. Owen Williams goes for a drop goal..but hits the post!!! Chris Henry cleans up. That would have been the losing bonus point for Leicester
73 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON. 22-13. The score is 9-0 during the Crane sin-binning.
71 The offloading and continuity of the Ulster attacking is too much for Leicester, who are forced to concede another penalty on the deck. Jackson lines up and easy kick.
68 Leicester look to punch a hole via Mulipola but the Ulster pack isolate him and win the penalty. Pienaar finds touch with a huge penalty. Ulster knocking in the door again on the Tigers 22.
66 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON. 19-13. Another penalty against Cole at scrum time. The England prop claims that Tom Court is going straight up...but his protestations fall on deaf ears.
64 Ulster take a quick throw-in and Pienaar shows his danger with a 30m ghosting run. The Ulster subs are really changing the pace of the game. Another handling errors by Ulster (Bowe) in the Tigers 22 means the attack come to nothing though. All the momentum is with Ulster though.
62 FLOOD MISSES. Jared Payne is let off the hook after giving away a silly offside penalty. Flood is just wide with his kick though.
60 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON. 16-13. Now, can Ulster make the extra man count?
59 YELLOW CARD, LEICESTER, CRANE. Tigers give away a penalty in the red zone once too often. Ref Poite has seen enough and Jordan Crane is told to take 10 minutes in the bin.
57 Ulster are stuck in possession on the halfway line, unable to find an answer to the Tigers defence until Olding finds a gap and gets them into the 22. Wave after wave comes but the Tigers defence holds...
55 JACKSON MISSES!! A very kickable penalty is missed after Dan Cole is pinged for collapsing the scrum. The pressure tells on young Jackson. Time for Pienaar to take over?
53 Ulster are looking more and more dangerous with ball in hand. Nick Williams causing a lot of damage. Only some very strong defending from Tigers keeps them out.
52 Tigers try to attack via route one but Goneva leaves the ball behind. Pienaar is quick to punish the mistake and sends play way back to the Tigers 22.
50 Cave goes over for a try! Or has he? Great work from Tommy Bowe to set it up but referee Poite goes to the TMO, who rules that Luke Marshall's penultimate pass was forward.
47 Pienaar comes on for Marshall. Will the Springbok provide the spark to give Ulster victory? Ulster clear after the line-out so we're back to halfway.
46 Great kick from Vereniki Goneva as Tigers attack soon after the restart. Jared Payne tries to clean up but his foot clips the touchline. Great attacking position for Tigers.
44 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 13-13. Once Flood has caught his breath, he can slot an easy penalty. We're level again.
42 Ha ha! Paddy Jackson intercepts and sprints the length of the field with Toby Flood in hot pursuit. Only problem is the ref blew for offside! Jackson celebrates after 'scoring' only to turn around and realise his mistake.
41 Here we go for the second half! Poor start for Ulster as Luke Marshall makes a poor clearance to give Tigers the early initiative.
40 HALF TIME: ULSTER 13-10 LEICESTER
40 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON. 13-10. Ulster sneak ahead just before the break. But they will need to fix their scrum if they hope to win this one.
38 Ulster are just metres short of the line after a brilliant break from Paul Marshall and excellent support play from Bowe. The heavies arrive but Tigers scramble and shut it down. Referee Poite blows the penalty in Ulster's favour. A 5m scrum would be an option if Ulster had a chance at scrum time...but they don't so Jackson will go for goal.
36 Muller pinches the line-out but the opportunity is lost as the ball is knocked-on two phases later. Penalty to Tigers again at the scrum! Flood can sent play back to halfway.
34 Tigers are enjoying themselves at scrum time but Ulster have a line-out deep in opposition territory thanks to a wonderful, low kick from Payne.
32 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON. 10-10. We're level again! The kickers don't look like missing tonight.
31 Half an hour gone and Leicester are good value for their narrow lead but Ulster are now plying the pressure as Marshall beats Thompstone in the air to put the hosts on the front foot. The Tigers defence is stretched. Penalty for hands in the ruck! Jackson will line it up.
29 Two solid minutes of pressure from Leicester inside the Ulster 22. But the attack stagnates and Ulster force the penalty for not releasing on the deck. Jackson clears.
27 A bit of kick-tennis leaves Bowe under pressure in the corner and he is forced to find touch close to his own line. Tigers gaining some momentum here.
25 Leicester kick into the corner from a scrum penalty against Declan Fitzpatrick. An impressive response from the Ulster line-out though as the drive over the Tigers after stealing the throw. Thompstone spills the kick ahead and Ulster have a scrum, but again the penalty goes against the hosts.
23 Paul Marshall gets up gently after some attention from the medics but he's not looking too flash. Sloppy work from Trimble who kicks straight into touch and costs his team 50m.
21 Handling errors are hampering Ulster's progress. They have most of the ball and are doing most of the playing but Leicester's aggression on defence is forcing a few errors.
19 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 7-10. Straight down the middle from a long way out for Flood who is looking in fine fettle both with ball in hand and in front of the tee.
17 CONVERSION, JACKSON. 7-7. We're all square! Jockon's conversion is even better than Flood's earlier effort.
15 TRY, ULSTER, BOWE, 5-7. A perfect cross-field kick from Paddy Jackson, is met by a wonderful leaping catch by Bowe, who rises above Adam Thompstone and scores in the corner!
13 Ouff! A few huge hits from the Tigers defence push the men in white back, but Ulster have the lion's share of possession and territory.
10 A few of the Ulster players are looking a little rusty here. Bowe notably. Twice promising looking Ulster attacks are rebuffed by the ferocious Leicester defence.
8 CONVERSION, FLOOD. 0-7. Great kick from out wide by the England fly-half
6 TRY, LEICESTER, MULIPOLA. 0-5. First blood to Tigers! A patient attack ends with Dan Bowden putting Logovi'i Mulipola into some space...and you won't stop the big man once he gets a sniff of the line!
3 Ulster win the line-out but Leicester are very impressive with some aggressive defence. Tigers win a penalty and the deck and launch their first attack. It's end-to-end stuff as Miles Benjamin is punished for a poor kick. Ulster break on the counter via Darren Cave and Paul Marshall. Bowe throws a long pass wide to Trimble...but it goes out and a try-scoring chance is lost.
1 Here we go! Paddy Jackson kicks us off and the new Heineken Cup season is underway! Jordan Crane takes it in and Ben Youngs has no trouble in finding touch on the halfway line.
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has also made three changes to his run-on side with Miles Benjamin called in on the wing, Dan Bowden at centre and Geoff Parling resuming his place in the second-row. Benjamin makes his Tigers debut after a successful return from injury and starts in place of Blaine Scully who took a heavy knock in the match against Northampton Saints last weekend. Bowden replaces Anthony Allen who has an ankle injury and Parling has recovered from injury to join Louis Deacon at lock with Graham Kitchener among the replacements. Former Waratahs centre Terrence Hepetema receives a first call-up to the matchday squad and is named among the replacements.
Ulster boss Mark Anscombe has made three changes to his starting XV. Tommy Bowe has recovered from the dead-leg and will start on the wing. Jared Payne switches to full-back in place of the injured Craig Gilroy, with Darren Cave at outside centre. In the only change up front, Roger Wilson starts at blindside, with Robbie Diack moving to the bench. Ruan Pienaar, who signed a new three-year contract extension with the province this week, is also named among the replacements.
Hello and welcome to Ravenhill for our coverage of what is set to be a classic clash between two sides with realistic European title ambitions. Belfast is a very difficult nut to crack, but if Tigers can win tonight, they will take a giant step towards the quarter-finals.
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