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Ulster
Ulster
15
Tries
none
Penalties
Paddy Jackson (72,69), Ruan Pienaar (39,29,15)
Drops
none
Cons
none

17
Saracens
Saracens

Tries
Chris Ashton (67,22), Mouritz Botha (48)
Penalties
none
Drops
none
Cons
Owen Farrell (67)


80'
Full Time
FULL-TIME: ULSTER 15-17 SARACENS

80'
Full Time
There it is! Penalty Saracens! Sarries are through! A gut-wrenching defeat for 14-man Ulster, who pushed the visitors so close. But the Premiership leaders will have their place in the last four of the Heineken Cup.

80'
This is great defence from Sarries to keep Ulster on the 10m line. Clock is red!

79'
This is pulsating stuff as Ulster creep into Sarries territory anew.

77'
Ulster lose the lineout! Crucial steal from Botha in his own half. Now three minutes to play as Ulster get it back.

76'
Farrell's kick goes too far, it's dead, and Ulster have the scrum just short of halfway. Four minutes to play, and Ravenhill is bouncing. They have a penalty! It's too far for Jackson, but he can give them territory, and the chance of a drop-goal.

74'
Hodgson happy to nudge Ulster back into their own 22. Smart rugby will win this for Sarries.

73'
PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON! 15-17 He steps up and smashes it home! We have a cracking finish here, seven to play and just two points in it. This is massive, this is Heineken Cup rugby at its very best! Here we go...

72'
Another penalty opportunity for Jackson. The crowd lifts once more. It's 40 metres, slightly closer than the one he nailed two minutes ago, and it's almost dead in front.

70'
Penalty
PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON! 12-17 The fourteen men of Ulster have battled hard, they trail by five points with ten minutes to go. It's still a massive ask. Can they pull it off? It's an ideal start as they win a penalty from the restart.

69'
Well, Ulster have a penalty. Jackson must kick this.

68'
Conversion
CONVERSION, SARACENS, FARRELL! 9-17 Farrell finally appears to have donned his kicking boots. Sarries eight points clear and should close it out with twelve minutes to go.

67'
Try
TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 9-15 That should do it for Sarries. Ashton latches onto a well-placed cross-kick from Farrell, and silences Ravenhill.

65'
In fact, we're checking with the TMO for Ashton's drive over the line. You feel a try for the visitors would kill it. He is adjudged to be short, but Ulster must defend the scrum. And another Ireland international leaves the field for Ulster - Gilroy switches in for Trimble.

65'
That is ridiculous defence from Ulster! How they have kept Sarries out I do not know. Held up, scrum-five.

65'
Oh dear, oh dear. This is a shocking performance off the tee from Owen Farrell. But Sarries are right back into the home 22 again.

63'
There was a comedy moment there as an Ulster hand knocked a Sarries pass on and Marshall was almost under the posts up the other end. Garces missed it, but his touch judge helped him out. It's Chris Henry's left hand, it's deliberate, and it's a golden chance for Farrell.

61'
The scrummage causing some problems here, as Garces urges both Afoa and Vunipola to "open their shoulders". Sarries in attack again.

58'
Ferris announces his presence with a big hit, then shortly after Farrell spills forward. Ulster scrum 25m out.

57'
Sarries have the penalty and now the lineout on the home 22.

55'
Jackson hits the post! Opportunity missed; the sort of opportunity Ulster must take. Sarries have the drop-out. And here is the much-anticipated roar as Stephen Ferris trundles onto the pitch for Nick Williams.

53'
Ulster desperately pressing Ulster back into their 22 here. Great attacking endeavour, and they'll have a penalty if nothing else. Jackson will go for goal, looking to regain the lead.

50'
And now Ruan Pienaar is off. Superb effort from the scrum-half as Farrell pulls his third kick of the game. The same problem every time from the tee for the Englishman.

49'
Try
TRY, SARACENS, BOTHA! 9-10 An air of inevitability about that one. Saracens taking full advantage of the extra man as they build through the phases, and the big second-row hanging out wide on the wing trots home untouched.

47'
Another Ulster penalty, this time from the scrum, and Pienaar's touchfinder just doesn't quite make touch at the corner. Bowe puts out on halfway.

45'
Nice kick from Farrell down into Ulster territory. Touch of fortune about how Sarries regained possession, but it's easy picking for the backline's boots with so much space back there.

43'
The attack is stifled, so Pienaar chips from the base of the ruck right into the corner. The extra man is making attacking much harder for Ulster.

41'
And straight away the intensity is cranked up, Ulster win a breakdown penalty and Pienaar dinks down to the 22.

40'
Kick Off
Here we go again, Farrell gets us back underway. This is going to be massive.

40'
Half Time
HALF-TIME: ULSTER 9-5 SARACENS

40'
Penalty
PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 9-5 So Ulster, down to 14 men with four minutes on the clock, minus Rory Best and with Ruan Pienaar and Nick Williams far from fully fit, are leading Saracens here at Ravenhill. They will need every drop of passion and desire and will from the crowd in the next forty minutes - can they pull off an incredible victory? Stay with us to find out!

40'
Scrum penalty for Ulster! Mako Vunipola not having the best of times. Last play of the half, can Pienaar knock this one over?

38'
It was always a long shot, and the Bok pushes it across the face of the posts. Two minutes to go.

37'
Great hit from Trimble! He flies up and smashes Chris Ashton, who is the man the home crowd love to hate today after his celebration. Ulster have a penalty on halfway. Pienaar eyes it up. Quite incredibly, the hosts could go in to half time in the lead.

35'
Ulster once again survive. Great work from John Afoa to strip Mako Vunipola of the ball. You feel it's only a matter of time before Sarries exploit one of these glaring overlaps, though.

34'
Another harsh call from Garces hands Sarries a chance to regain the lead from the tee. They have eschewed it in favour of more - Wigglesworth goes for the corner.

32'
Poor kick from Jackson and a good one from Wyles has Ulster throwing in 30 metres or so from their own line.

30'
Penalty
PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 6-5 The maul creeps towards the Sarries line, and Garces awards the hosts a penalty. Pienaar restores the home lead.

28'
Alex Goode is up and about on the sidelines, great to see he appears to be ok for now. Knocked out cold by that Payne challenge. Now Ulster have a lineout in the away 22 after some imprecision in the Sarries backline and a breakaway from Bowe.

25'
Farrell's hooked conversion attempt - a carbon copy of the missed penalty early on - means the gap stays at two points.

24'
Try
TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 3-5 There's the breakthrough for the 15 men. Massive Sarries scrum, and an inside ball from Hodgson sends Ashton scampering away through midfield. No full-back, and Wilson was never going to catch him after he'd stepped Marshall.

20'
Jees, yet another Ulsterman is down injured, it's Kiwi Nick Williams - who hasn't long returned to the squad. He's carrying on, looks like an ankle knock. A knock-on in the 22 has given Sarries a scrum, and they clear away.

19'
Stunned silence round Ravenhill as Pienaar pushes his kick from 45 metres wide. He still doesn't look right, but he's soldiering on.

18'
And in quick succession, Ulster have another penalty in midfield. Things just spilling over here as both sets of pack square up. Pienaar going for three again.

16'
Penalty
PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 3-0 The Springbok shrugs off his shoulder problems to bang home a 40 metre-plus penalty.

15'
Penalty opportunity for Ulster. The Ravenhill crowd are riled up, but the boys on the park will need them for the next 65 minutes.

12'
And Best is limping off. Bad to worse for Ulster. Payne is gone, now the influential Ireland hooker. They are really up against it here.

11'
The subs are rolling here early on - Best staying on for the moment, but Taylor is off and Hodgson on for the visitors.

10'
Great steal at the breakdown from Ulster, you can feel a real air of defiance around Ravenhill. Their boys have their work cut out. Pienaar is playing on for now, but Rory Best is also walking wounded.

8'
Ulster rising to the challenge so far, but theyre penalised on the Sarries 10m line. And things could get a whole lot worse...Ruan Pienaar is down. It doesn't look good.

5'
Now Ulster face 75 minutes of rugby with 14 men. Quite an incredible task for the hosts now, even with the vociferous backing from the stands.

4'
Red Card
Oh, that's a nasty one for Alex Goode, taken in the air by Jared Payne. His game looks to be over with the stretcher on. It has to be yellow for Payne, but after a delay of several minutes, Garces has decided it's worthy of a red card! Very harsh call from the Frenchman, but beyond that, Goode is not in a good way. Knocked out by head clashing with the turf.

3'
Uh-oh, Farrell pulls his kick wide, swerving past the posts. They can't afford to pass up points here.

2'
Sarries begin with possession and win an early penalty as Ulster go off their feet at the breakdown. Farrell goes for three.

0'
Kick Off
Paddy Jackson gets us going, the noise here is deafening!

0'
Teams just about to emerge here at Ravenhill, we're all set to go!

0'
Sarries leave Kelly Brown on the bench this week as Billy Vunipola returns to fitness and is named at 6. Jacques Burger is on the openside with Ernst Joubert at 8. Richard Wigglesworth gets the nod over South African Neil de Kock at scrum-half, partnering England's golden boy, Owen Farrell.

0'
There was a very audible sigh of relief reverberating round Belfast this week as it was confirmed Springbok Pienaar was fit to play today. He starts at nine, partnering Paddy Jackson. Six Nations winners Chris Henry, Andrew Trimble and Rory Best all make the 15, with Tommy Bowe returning to fitness and Jared Payne in what many feel is his best position at full-back.

0'
Welcome
Hello, and welcome to a bouncing Ravenhill here in Belfast for live coverage of today's Heineken Cup quarter-final between in-form Ulster and Premiership leaders, Saracens. The hosts have been a tad hit-and-miss in the PRO12, but impeccable in Europe with Rory Best, Chris Henry and of course, Ruan Pienaar leading the charge. They don't lose many in their provincial heartland, but Sarries have swept almost all before them this season, and will fancy their chances of claiming the spoils. Kick-off is around half an hour away, the stands are filling up nicely - stay with us for the big match!


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