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Ulster v Montpellier - Live

Last updated: 10th January 2014  

52 Stoppage as Combezou receives treatment. Ulster penalty kicked into the lineout and Henry carries well before Ulster win the scrum in the Montpellier 22.

Penalty50 PENALTY, MONTPELLIER, ESCONDE! 20-16: Another great strike from Esconde to keep Ulster honest here. Half an hour to go.

49 Strong drive from Montpellier who win a penalty, Leleimalefaga getting the praise from his team. Esconde going for the posts.

48 Montpellier with numbers out wide but Tuitavake's pass trickles across the deck and then the ball is knocked on. Ulster scrum.

46 Loose ball at the back has Pienaar scrambling but Ulster do recover until Payne loses possession. Paillaugue's chip is spilled and Bias hacks on with the ball going into touch off Payne.

45 Ulster scrum after a well executed choke tackle halts the Montpellier attack. Stand Up For The Ulstermen ringing out in a bright start to the second half for the hosts.

Penalty43 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 20-13: Ulster's seven-point gap is restored as Pienaar's strike curls inside the posts.

42 Scrum penalty for Ulster to start the second half and Pienaar lines up the posts.

40 Jackson gets the second half underway. Nagusa on for Artru as Wilson comes on for Williams.


TRY40 PENALTY, MONTPELLIER, ESCONDE! 17-13: Fine strike by the scrum-half and Montpellier are back within four points. Their three-minute blitz aside where Ulster scored two tries, there have been too many errors from the hosts as Montpellier have battled away at the breakdown and in defence. Big second half for Ulster coming up, a try bonus point could make all the difference.

39 Breakdown penalty to Montpellier who find touch on the Ulster ten metre line. Penalty straight away to the visitors and Esconde will have a shot at goal to round out the half.

38 Deep kick off collected by Pienaar who clears. Good carry by Quercy off the bench, Montpellier using their back to make ground. Delayed pass from Selponi doesn't come off and he looks in a bad way does the talented youngster. Pienaar clears to Floch who runs it back but his kick is too deep with Jackson then finding touch.

Penalty36 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 17-10: No problems since that first miss for Pienaar who now has seven points to his name. Ulster's lead extends to ten points.

35 Selponi in some discomfort but playing on for now. Advantage to Ulster as their maul rumbles into the Montpellier half. Penalty given, Pienaar going for the posts.

34 Looping pass out wide from Payne taken by Cave as Ulster press forward. Lost though and Esconde clears. Gilroy runs it back, spinning out of a tackle. High from Jackson and Beattie spills it forward, so an attacking Ulster scrum.

TRY32 TRY, MONTPELLIER, TCHALE WATCHOU! 14-10: Beattie wins the lineout but Williams tears through the maul as Ulster drive it back. Geli though is away! The hooker sneaks out and sprints deep into the Ulster 22. Space down the right and Tchale Watchou goes over in the corner. Montpellier hit back. Esconde converts.

30 All the momentum with Ulster now as Tuitavake loses the ball in contact. Ulster scramble back and Pienaar clears with a box kick. Henry right up there to the breakdown but Ulster are penalised, referee Wayne Barnes unhappy with Williams. Selponi kicks to the corner as Demarco receives treatment.

TRY28 TRY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 14-3: Game turned on its head. Chip through from Pienaar has Dupont all ends up and he fails to gather the ball near his own line, Pienaar pouncing to scoop up and score. The scrum-half converts and Ulster are up by 11 points.

TRY26 TRY, ULSTER, DIACK! 7-3: That's how to beat the blitz defence. Jackson's kick is superbly caught by Diack on the run and he brushes off the defender to roll over and score in the left corner. Pienaar converts from out wide.

24 Ulster go blind looking for Payne once more. Cross kick by Jackson to the left brilliantly taken by Diack and that's a super try in the corner! Upstairs to the TMO to check if Diack was onside...

22 Trimble driving head down as Ulster use the width of the pitch but make little ground. Kick over the top knocked on by Montpellier so Ulster have an attacking scrum. High tempo but no gaps opening up yet.

21 Lineout won against the head by Ulster but the ball goes into touch. Second Montpellier lineout is won and Esconde clears. Payne skipping a couple of tacklers but pressure forces Jackson to kick. Gilroy latches on to the response and then slight of hand send Ulster up the right touchline. Kicked clear but Gilroy comes again by going high and then thumping Esconde. Montpellier work hard and Floch clears.

20 Fine run by Tuitavake but then he loses the ball in contact. Jackson kicks long but Floch is there to collect, forcing Pienaar back. The return kick is chipped forward by Selponi but his offload goes forward. Ulster play on outside their 22, slow ball so Jackson kicks high with the ball won by Trimble. Pienaar long into space and that's a fine passage from the hosts.

18 Driving attack from Montpellier into the Ulster 22. Back to Selponi for the drop goal... it falls wide to the left, Esconde's pass not the best there. The visitors though are dominating proceedings thus far.

16 Esconde's attempt just falls short and the crowd attempt to roar the home side into life. Ulster flat so far, feeling the tension perhaps.

14 Beattie carries off the base of the scrum and Montpellier win a penalty. Esconde lining up a long kick from over 45 metres.

13 Concern for Tchale Watchou, the lock down receiving treatment. Montpellier without an obvious second row replacement so it's good news that the former Perpignan man is back up on his feet for the scrum.

12 Ulster building possession inside the Montpellier half as Marshall and Gilroy combine. No holes yet for the hosts as the visitors' blitz puts them under pressure. Ball lost in the tackle by Court and the ball is hacked on with no advantage, so we come back for the scrum

10 Splintering scrum but Selponi gets it away into touch with a minor slice, the youngster with almost too much time there. Lineout in a good position for Ulster.

9 Pass dropped by Williams crashing up into contact, so Montpellier have a scrum right on their 22.

Penalty8 Promising Montpellier attack is brought to an end by good work by Williams at the breakdown for Ulster. Pienaar thumps the penalty into touch outside the visitors' 22.

Penalty6 PENALTY, MONTPELLIER, ESCONDE! 0-3: Long range strike from Esconde puts the visitors in front early on.

4 Pienaar swings his kick wide of the left post, early let off for Montpellier as that wasn't a difficult kick. Galletier off the field with blood pouring from his chin.

3 Blindside attack from Ulster with Gilroy off his wing. Advantage played, in possession outside the 22. Back we come for the penalty as Galletier receives treatment.

2 Clearance from Pienaar gathered by Beattie, who is captaining Montpellier tonight with Geli out injured. Scrum won by Ulster right on the halfway line.

Both teams out on the field as Selponi gets us underway!

A welcome dry night in Belfast means we should hopefully witness plenty of running rugby. Ulster will hope for that especially with the target of four tries in mind.

For Montpellier, Eric Escande will form the half-back pairing with Selponi with Thomas Combezou and Anthony Tuitavake combining in midfield. Beattie and Alexandre Bias come into the back-row. Johnnie Beattie will captain the visitors.

Rory Best and Johann Muller have recovered from injury and have been named in the Ulster starting XV. Best suffered a broken arm playing for Ireland in the narrow defeat to the All Blacks seven weeks ago. He has returned to play ahead of schedule and is selected in the front row alongside John Afoa and Tom Court.

Hello and welcome to Ravenhill as Ulster look to extend their gap at the top of Pool 5 with victory over a depleted Montpellier side in Belfast.

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