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  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Pool 5
  • 18th Jan 2014
  • KO 18:00
  • Ground: Welford Road
  • Att: 24,000

Leicester v Ulster - Live

Last updated: 18th January 2014  


80 They can't get there, though! Ulster have won a fantastically exciting game of rugby, and secured a home quarter-final. Thanks for joining us.

80 Well, well, well. Leicester win a turnover on the last play of the match! They scrum down with the clock red, having to go some 70m for a try to win.

79 Into the final seconds here, Ulster moments away from a home quarter-final...

78 Massive, massive scrum penalty for Ulster! Two minutes to play, they drive the Tigers back and win the penalty. Pienaar punts downfield - is that the ball game?

76 The kick more or less bounces straight over the corner flag, but the TMO calls touch-in-goal. That's a massive 70 metre turnaround. Scrum Tigers, here they go

76 Flood himself has knocked on 5m out, though, and Ulster clear away downfield. We're going to check whether Marshall's kick has bounced to touch in goal or touch...

73 Ulster very much in the ascendancy just now; kicks being exchanged after their attack breaks down, and Ulster are back throwing in by their own 10m line

71 Ulster now winning a lineout down by the Tigers' 22 as Hamilton spills a catch.

Penalty70 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 19-22 The South African has done it again! Ulster lead, ten minutes to play.

69 Ulster's turn to attack as the hosts stray offside. It's another huge kick for Pienaar, a few metres inside his own half, but he lines it up...

67 More Tigers attack after Pienaar kicks out on the full, but Goneva is bundled over the touchline. Anyone's game, this.

65 Spilled forward by the Tigers, who are being compressed inwards by Ulster's defence. The visitors sending up a "flyer" virtually every phase. So far, it's paying off, but it does leave space in behind if the Tigers can exploit it.

63 Payne's kick drifts out on the full - he's not had a great game - and Leicester have a lineout 30m out.

Conversion60 CONVERSION, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 19-19 From the touchline, Pienaar brings Ulster level. He's scored all 19 of his side's points.

TRY59 TRY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 19-17 Wow! Ruan Pienaar, from nothing, charges down Flood and races in to dot down the loose ball. Game on!

Penalty57 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 19-12 Ulster back to within seven points.

55 Huge psychological blow for the Tigers! They pinch the ball after massive Ulster pressure.

53 Ulster hitting straight back at Welford Road, deep in the home 22.

Conversion51 CONVERSION, LEICESTER TIGERS, FLOOD! 19-9 Beautiful touchline conversion from Flood. Ten point gap now, Tigers becoming more confident

TRY50 TRY, LEICESTER TIGERS, MORRIS! 17-9 Given! And the Tigers make the first major breakthrough

50 It looks like Morris may be over here! Grubber in behind for the winger, he looks to have grounded it despite an early tackle...we check with the TMO.

50 The Tigers attacking once again here, and looking good, but there's a constant turnover threat from the Ulster pack. Flood goes to the skies, it's knocked on by Payne, and they can drive on towards the away 22.

Penalty47 PENALTY, LEICESTER TIGERS, FLOOD! 12-9 Scrum penalty for the hosts as Henry breaks off miles too early. Flood converts from left of centre. Kitchener off for Deacon

45 Tigers don't make too much from that attack, but they will have the scrum on the visitors' 22.

43 Ulster have the early possession, and looking to attack inside Tigers territory.

40 We're back underway now! Everything to play for. Hamilton on for Mat Tait.


40 Last play of the half - Leicester have a lineout on the 22, but it's been stolen. Jackson goes for the drop-goal, but sliced wide. Rather fitting that half of rugby so physical, so intense, and so engrossing ends deadlocked. There is nothing in this one! Huge second forty ahead.

39 Tackle good, says TMO, and Tigers clear from the lineout . Into the final minute of the first half

39 Ulster now attacking on the home 10m line. Hugely physical opening 40. And as I type that, Leicester steal and win a penalty...then lose the ball! Kicked through by Ulster, the bounce catches out Goneva, and Trimble just puts a toe on the touchline. Owens checking with the TMO for an earlier big hit. Breathless stuff here!

36 Wide, to the delight of the visiting supporters. Hooked left of the uprights.

35 Penalty Tigers for not releasing, Flood punts down to the corner, and it's the hosts turn to attack

33 Ulster now barreling forward, Trimble and Marshall making big yards up the touchline. But they lose possession via a knock-on, and the Tigers clear.

Penalty31 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 9-9 Long old kick from Pienaar, and it's a belter. Scores level!

30 Flood is down receiving treatment - not looking good - as Ulster win another penalty on halfway.

Penalty28 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 9-6 The Springbok converts; Cole lucky not to see yellow for that

28 Penalty Ulster - more great work from Williams - sends them into the corner and attacking through the forwards and the rolling maul. They have a penalty, and Owens warns Toby Flood. Dan Cole in the side there.

26 Good probing grubber down the touchline from Flood, Ulster have the lineout inside their own half. Smart decision after some scrappy attacking play from the Tigers

24 And now Jackson's restart has gone straight out. One apiece for the 10s.

Penalty23 PENALTY, LEICESTER TIGERS, FLOOD! 9-3 Scrum penalty for the Tigers, Flood knocks it over from right of centre. Six point lead restored.

22 Great defence from Ulster, though, holding up the maul and winning the scrum. Nick Williams infiltrating the home drive and - once again - targeting the ball

22 Wow! What a break from Kitchener! Ridiculous speed from the second-row, bursting through a gap in the visitors' line. Dragged down short of the line, but the Tigers can attack from the lineout.

Penalty21 Tigers looking tasty round the fringes, Youngs makes a half-break and offloads well to Flood. From the next breakdown, Crane again makes yards from a fringe break, but opposite number Williams rips the ball from his grasp. Big display of strength from the Kiwi, and Ulster clear.

Penalty17 And Flood's restart out on the full by a distance

Penalty16 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 6-3 The maul is halted illegally, and Pienaar gets Ulster on the board.

14 Ulster win a penalty and Pienaar boots to the corner.

Penalty12 PENALTY, LEICESTER TIGERS, FLOOD! 6-0 Over she goes from nearly 50m for the skipper, Tigers six points up and looking good.

11 Decent attack from Ulster ends with Williams spilling possession, and the Tigers roared forward by the crowd; Mat Tait taking it up well. Second penalty for the hosts, and another chance for Flood.

8 Bit of aerial ping-pong here, ending with Youngs' box kick drifting out on the full. Ulster now attacking on the home 10m line.

Penalty5 PENALTY, LEICESTER TIGERS, FLOOD! 3-0 Scrum penalty to the Tigers, 1-0 Marcos Ayerza on John Afoa. Premiership opponents next year with the Kiwi heading to Gloucester. Flood knocks over from around 30 metres out. First blood to the hosts

2 Explosive start from the hosts as they look to attack Ulster, but spill the ball on the 22.

The biggest game of the weekend, taken charge of by the best referee in world rugby. Nigel Owens sounds his whistle, and Toby Flood gets us underway. Here we go!

Teams out here at Welford Road. Minutes away from kick-off, and the atmosphere is electric!

The hosts welcome back Anthony Allen into midfield, the centre re-signing with the Tigers this week, alongside Matt Smith. British and Irish Lions hooker Tom Youngs also comes back into the line-up, with Niki Goneva shifting out to the wing thanks to an injury to Miles Benjamin.

Much-vaunted Jared Payne lines up at full-back again for Ulster, who are bolstered by the return of Craig Gilroy on the wing and Rory Best at hooker. Big game for number eight Nick Williams, too, who made his comeback from several months on the sidelines last week. Robbie Diack moves to the bench

Welcome to live coverage of this weekend's big one. The Tigers play Ulster at Welford Road in a straight battle for a top-of-the-pool finish and a quarter-final spot. This will be positively titanic; kick-off 25 minutes away. Don't go anywhere!

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