Thursday 29 September 2016

Inspirational Pienaar leads way for Ulster

Treviso 11 Ulster 22

Ciaran McGreal

Published 11/09/2016 | 02:30

Ruan Pienaar on his way to a 12-point haul.
Ruan Pienaar on his way to a 12-point haul.

There was no winning bonus point for Ulster, but Ruan Pienaar was red hot as Les Kiss' side grabbed three tries away to Treviso to earn a second win of the season.

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Luke Marshall crossed in the first half, while second half tries from captain Rob Herring and scrum-half Pienaar got them over the line. Treviso grabbed a consolation try with the final play of the match through centre Tommaso Benvenuti but it came too late for the home side.

Ulster's Stuart Olding is tackled by Benetton Treviso's Marco Lazzaroni, right, and Nicola Quaglio. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile
Ulster's Stuart Olding is tackled by Benetton Treviso's Marco Lazzaroni, right, and Nicola Quaglio. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

The visitors made the perfect start as Marshall touched down after just four minutes. Centre partner Stuart Olding played him in with a brilliant reverse pass and Marshall barged over for his ninth Pro12 try in his Ulster career. Pienaar split the posts with the conversion to give Les Kiss' men a 7-0 lead.

The home side almost crossed the Ulster line for a try in the 27th minute but the visitors held firm. Fullback Jayden Hayward was tackled just short of the line and scrum-half Giorgio Bronzini was held up on the line. Treviso had been playing advantage and with no advantage gained, Allan made no mistake from the penalty to get Treviso off the mark.

The key moment in the second half came in the 50th minute as Treviso second row Filo Paulo was shown a yellow card when the former Ulster player was punished for a late tackle on Ulster replacement Ross Kane.

With this numerical advantage, Ulster capitalised through Herring in the 54th minute.

Benetton Trevis' Simone Ferrari is tackled by Ulster's Kyle McCall and Rob Herring. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile
Benetton Trevis' Simone Ferrari is tackled by Ulster's Kyle McCall and Rob Herring. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

It didn't take long for Les Kiss' men to grab their third try as the inspirational Pienaar rounded off some good build-up to put Ulster in the driving seat.

Scorers - Treviso: Tries: T Benvenuti; T Allan 2 pens.

Ulster: Tries: L Marshall, R Herring & R Pienaar; R Pienaar 2 cons, pen.

Treviso: J Hayward; A Esposito, T Benvenuti, L McLean, A Buondonno; T Allan, G Bronzini; N Quaglio, O Gega, S Ferrari; M Fuser, F Paulo; F Minto, M Lazzaroni, M Barbini.

Replacements: R Santamaria for Gega (49), F Gerosa for Fuser (53), De Marchi for Quaglio (57), T Pasquali for Ferrari (57), E Gori for Bronzini (57), D Odiete for Hayward (57), D Budd for Paulo (67), I McKinley for Allan (72).

Ulster: L Ludik; R Lyttle, L Marshall, S Olding, J Stockdale; B Herron, R Pienaar; K McCall, R Herring, R Ah You; K Treadwell, F van der Merwe; C Ross, S Reidy, R Wilson.

Replacements: P Browne for Treadwell (44), R Kane for Ah You (49), A Warwick for McCall (62), R Diack for Wilson (62), D Cave for Marshall (64), J Andrew for van der Merwe (69-77), S McCloskey for Herron (74), J Andrew for Herring (77), R Ah You for Kane (77).

Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)

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