Pienaar the Ulster hero in Glasgow win

Ulster moved into second place behind Munster in the Magners League, following a hard fought three point victory over Glasgow at Firhill on Friday night.

Ruan Pienaar was the hero for the visitors scoring all 22 of his sides points as they came from behind to grab the win late in the game. The player scored a penalty, which he also converted, and added five penalties to his tally. Ryan Grant was the try scoer for the home side, while Ruaridh Jackson kicked a further 11 points for the Scots.

Jackson opened the scoring on the evening, with an early Glasgow penalty. Pienaar then replied with a similar score for the visitors. Ulster went in front for the first time soon after, when Glasgow were penalised for an infringement in the scrum and Pienaar added the extra points. The same player added a third penalty just before the interval to give Ulster a six point advantage at halftime.

Jackson narrowed the gap from in front of the posts soon after the restart and were ahead soon after when Ryan Grant crossed over after Ally Muldowney charged down an Ulster kick and fed the replacement who went over. With Jackson converting, Glasgow were back in front.

Rory Best was not long in the game when he was sin binned for an indiscretion at a ruck and Jackson scored from the resultant penalty to stretch the home side’s lead. However, Pienaar levelled the game when he scored and converted his own try with ten minutes remaining on the clock. A further penalty from the same player looked to have secured the win for Ulster but Weir scored from long range minutes later to draw the match. It looked certain to remain deadlocked, with seconds to play, but Pienaar completed his man of the match performance with the winning penalty with seconds remaining.


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