Thursday 17 January 2019

Pienaar shocks Scarlets at end

Scarletts 16 Ulster 18

South Africa scrum-half Ruan Pienaar snatched a Magners League victory for Ulster with the last kick of the match to stun the Scarlets at a rain-drenched Parc y Scarlets.

The hosts went into injury time thinking they had the match in the bag, but they were penalised from a scrum and Pienaar -- who ended the match with all 18 points from six penalties -- saw his kick just creep over the bar for a famous 18-16 victory.

It sent Ulster into raptures and left Scarlets shellshocked, having to settle for a losing bonus point which took them up to third in the table. They had led the match since a 22nd-minute penalty try and were indebted to 11 points from the boot of Rhys Priestland.

Fly-half Ian Humphreys was a late Ulster withdrawal with a recurrence of the shoulder injury. It opened the way for Paddy Jackson, 19, to make his first start for the Irish province.

The Scarlets must have thought they had done enough to seal the points, which would have taken them up to second in the table, until number eight Ben Morgan slipped his binding illegally at a scrum to allow Pienaar to win it.

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