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Stephen Watson presents live coverage as Ulster welcome Zebre to Kingspan Stadium in the Pro12. Commentary is by Jim Neilly.


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The Ulster faithful have a lot more to cheer recently as their team

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launched for wins in a row. Tonight we will try and make the as they

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take an Italian opposition for the third successive game. A win against

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Zebre and Ulster will push themselves into a play-off place

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with just five games remaining. Kick-off is just a couple of minutes

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away at Kingspan Stadium. Good evening. The six Nations

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championship action may be over for the weekend but still lots of live

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rugby to enjoy here on BBC Two for the next couple of hours in the

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Guinness brewed 12. Joining as here for the rearranged fixture,

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postponed last year because of a frozen pitch, no such problems

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tonight. It is very, very mild, the pitch looks OK, very playable.

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Ulster with a great chance to put themselves in the top for position.

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Definitely. The groundsman and today credit, it is looking well, the

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pitch after last week only eight days ago with the bit of a mud bath.

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It will be firm underfoot. Hopefully a lot of running rugby, the boys get

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the ball underhand nights and early. If Ulster play like England did

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today, or we will maybe see if you running tries. The Ulster backline

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star-studded deceiving. Stuart Olding out tonight, an interesting

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team selection. He is such a talented footballer. Such a good

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either the game of rugby and we all know his feet are magic. One thing

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he will bring the line and offering the thread and take the ball right

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on the game line, hopefully creating space out wide but taking an attack.

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He will put them on that line all day long. It is a good shout to the

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outside backs. Ulster slipped up, not getting a bonus point last week.

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They can't afford to do that tonight, can the? Absolutely not.

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The play them away, but the four tries in the bonus point even though

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it was in the performance they would have wanted. They would have talked

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about it that this week as well. You've really got to put your foot

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on their throat. I want to see passion, I want to see the boys

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going hard at it tonight from minute one two minute 80 and when the

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back-up is grading the keep it going. Craig Gilroy was with the

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Ireland team in Wales, he has flown in to take its place. Happy birthday

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to him and to Stuart Olding as well. There must've been some kick in a

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changing room this evening. We will keep a steamy night because he loves

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a bit of kick. It is great. Great to see Gilroy back, such a cracking

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player. The conditions tonight will sit to be outside backs. The

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groundsman have done a great job, no doubt about it. Considering where we

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were at this time last week, it's looking good tonight. Thank you.

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Ulster pit six tries past Zebre when they met a couple of weeks ago in

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Italy, let's see how these there tonight in the company of Ian

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Humphrey and Jim Neilly. COMMENTATOR: A special night for

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Bernabo. Eddie side which is languishing at the bottom of the

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table. Italian prop comes in, the only one changed behind is

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scrum-half where Carlo Engelbrecht born in South Africa comes in for

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Pat Danny who is on the bench. -- the Vanni. March comes in like a

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lion and out like a lamb, there was a lot of it march last time we were

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here. The pitch take a dreadful battering but fortunately we have

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got a nice onward springlike evening with a little bit of sunsetting just

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not too far away. Rob Herring captaining as for the 26th time,

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leads the side out. His 150th Ulster cap. In front of a decent crowd. A

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special night for those who get their pictures taken with the team

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captain. There is the team. The same front row but changes behind, Alan

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O'Connor coming in, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry behind the scrum. A

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number of significant changes, Craig Gilroy in Wales last night as backed

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and Jacob Stockdale is there as well, playing on the wing this time,

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Luke Marshall, Jared Payne moves back to full back, hoping to catch

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the eye of Joseph Smit. The referee is from Wales, is fairly regular

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visitors year, Ian Davis, his 58th pro 12 game. Vastly experienced. The

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is Craig Gilroy, happy birthday, happy 26. Youngest man to reach 100

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caps for Ulster, a couple of seasons ago. There is the man who was only

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two years younger, Stuart Olding playing at number ten, starting at

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number ten in the second chamber his Ulster career. The 21-year-old

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Argentinian. Ulster leave that to twinkle toed Piutau. I say to the

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22, he now shipping off to kick down the touchline. That is the beautiful

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kick. New Zealand born full-back, Engelbrecht, his first time at the

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Kingspan Stadium. Good solid tackle. That was good defending by Robbie

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Diack. Engelbrecht gets quickly. This is enterprising staff. They

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seem to be happy enough with it. Ulster will try to hustle a bit with

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the touch and we will get the first set piece which has been taken

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quickly. That is into a fair bit of space now. Jared Payne is leading

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it, that is an awkward ball. Great support play from Kieran Treadwell

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who was up very quickly from the second row forward. Zebre have

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secured it. Bernabo, 100 Italian caps. That is going to give Ulster

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the line-out. I think a sign of what Bulls teams are trying to do, moving

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the ball around, lovely conditions. I think Ulster shouldn't try and run

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everything. A good attacking line-out to put the first set play

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in place. Not quite maximum points from the last four games. Well taken

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in by Treadwell. That is not a very good clearance kick by Lloyd Greeff,

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and other South African. Good following up by Jacob Stockdale. He

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very nearly still that one. -- stone. Makes the first tackle. Good

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wrestling by Ulster's captain, good upper body strength by Herring.

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Trying to recycle this quickly, they have done just that. Good driving

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nearby Ulster yet again. That was high. Can also take advantage?

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Herring, a very quick back for read. They are going to come back for the

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penalty. It was clumsy. His footwork just pick the open side under a lot

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of pressure. He left an arm hanging. He has got a yellow card. He is

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going to have a look at that. He may change his mind about the sanction,

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he hasn't imposed a sanction yet added and the penalty. A pretty

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straightforward yellow card, the way things have gone with head injuries

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and player welfare, he pretty much straight yellow card. Ulster are

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pretty threatening. It gets worse every time you see it. The slower it

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goes, the worse it gets. They may get this sorted out between the

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referee and the TML. It starts in a high position from the get go. He is

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saying the right arm coming and started in a very high position. He

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is going to have another look at it. Minimum yellow, the way the docking

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is potentially stronger than that. He is a high, it's clumsy, happy

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with a yellow card under the says he is not actually trying to swing, it

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is high from the start. Are you happy with that? ICB same thing. It

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is going to be a yellow. Unfortunately for Zebre, he is going

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to go to the bin. Bernabo is not entirely happy with that decision,

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needless to say. Ulster have to go through the corner. It's a

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no-brainer. They will go green for the try each time. When they played

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a couple of weeks ago, the one quite come to break even though the

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performance wasn't there and even if he tries don't come, the note by the

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80 minutes they should have got them.

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Great position for Ulster. Dude take by Kieran Treadwell at the front.

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Ulster just moving towards the touchline. Stockdale has been an

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fine form, just one behind Tommy Seymour. You can see how pressures

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that it is because he very nearly lost his footing. Good strong long

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run. Just to the left of the post. Ulster is doing everything but

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score. Treadwell thundered towards the line. Managed to squeeze it

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back. Clever stuff by Chris Henry, too clever? They have come back from

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the penalty. Ulster made a mess of that but they knew the penalty was

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coming. A little bit scrappy, the struggle to get the set piece, great

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food work by Jacob Stockdale. A couple of good carries by Treadwell.

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It is good to see Treadwell and O'Connor back in the second row,

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that the partnership that did so well a few weeks ago. Good to see

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Ulster here showing plenty of attacking and intent. Had a fair old

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number of options there. Six minutes gone. Zebre down to 74 words. --

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seven four words. Herring stands his ground and waits for some support.

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Decent bit of defending thereby Zebre. Here comes Wiehahn Herbst

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looking for his second try. Fabulous stuff. Luke Marshall straight

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through. First of the evening. It was nicely done. A lovely bit of

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play by Ulster. Plenary hit the outside line, Wiehahn Herbst, that

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gets to the outside edge of the defence. Very risky. It needed a lot

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of force on it. That is one of the skills that some people don't

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necessarily appreciate. The passing that Stuart Olding brings. We talked

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about her discover he is with his feet. -- how skilful he is. Luke

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Marshall with 99 Ulster caps to his name incidentally. P now with 135 52

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headers. Dearly mention again what a loss it's got to be. -- Pienaar.

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What a lovely fine crisp night it is and if I'm crisp contact and a very

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good conversion by Pienaar. Ulster 7-0 up. The perfect start. We've

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talked about slow starts in conceding points but that should

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give Ulster the confidence to keep playing and rack up the bonus point

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pretty quickly. Bordoli starts. Alan O'Connor has got plenty of support

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from the men in white. Chris Henry is standing back in a bit. Outside

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him, Treadwell, but it is Pienaar again. Play on, says the referee.

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Berryman take -- took a little tab. Not much room there for the

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attacking Zebre midfield. Engelbrecht got away again to the

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left-hand side. That is good ground made by Zebre. Engelbrecht again,

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Bordoli. Engelbrecht waiting for a runner, it gets it in there for

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Bernabo. A little overlap there. Good covering thereby Craig Gilroy.

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Some great rocking by Craig -- Stockdale. Coetzee has given away

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the penalty. Bit of a controversial chap, Berryman, he bit of a doping

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scandal in a few seasons ago. This is Federico ripped that, emerging in

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the Italy under 20s. He will come back for the penalty giving against

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Coetzee. Will lead over the coroner? Definitely the corner. They might

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come over and think they early points. He seemed to struggle to

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roll away there. He has had a couple of knee problems. He has had both

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knees operated on any fairly major way. I think they will just try to

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chip away and stay within touch. While they are in touch with an

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Ulster's score line it gives them nerves and it gives them hope for

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the Italian teams, the national or club side, while the in scoring

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touch the our competitive but when they are to three scores behind that

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the needle out the gate. The key is per Ulster to be chipping away at

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the scoreboard and get them to lose interest. That looks a little bit on

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the worrying side this man. I remember he couldn't play at all

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with the last month are still because of that, a major knee

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operation. This is just his fourth game for Ulster and here it is

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Bordoli, looking for his first point for his new club. He has made a bit

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of a hash of that. I would be a little bit worried now about Marcel

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Cooksey, I don't see anybody warming up at this stage. What do you think,

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Ian? He went in there and he just jarred himself. I didn't see the

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knee make any contact with the opposition, he may have twisted it

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when it went in for the tackle. I think it was from a few rocks

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earlier. -- ruck. Engelbrecht trying to move it nearer to his side. This

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is a better stuff by Zebre. Engelbrecht in the quickly. Ulster's

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defence absolutely sweated. A couple of weeks ago in Italy, Ulster

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started off like a house on fire and then sat back. Andrea De Marchi gets

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his first try of the season. Very unexpected. A couple of good carries

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by the front row. A bit of disorganisation and a brilliant line

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by the foreword by the second row. Ulster didn't organise quickly

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enough. That is just a great front row play and they started that from

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their own ten metre line and just held on to the ball. You have to

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give them credit. Ulster's defence around the fringes was very pure and

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Alan O'Connor could not be tackling. He is not going to miss from there.

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Bordoli, the 21-year-old from Argentina, has got the point and

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there is a scoreline you'd expect to see, Ulster seven, Zebre seven. It

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can also be the reverse, you sweat job and think it's going to be an

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easy job done. They need to switch on again and 80 minutes is what

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matters, as long as they've got the tries by them. Those seven points

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for a Zebre came when they were going to 14 men. That has gone

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loose. Robbie Diack goes through. Well set up by Zebre. Gets it away

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but only as far as Piutau. What's going to happen here? Coetzee is

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outside. Lovely pass by Payne, beautiful hands by Payne. Luke

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Marshall in for a second try, what a combination of truly world-class

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players. Luke Marshall... That is the lesson for Zebre to make sure

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they don't stay loosely into the back three. Jared will be talking to

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him the whole way. That is just class. World-class skills. Full

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marks to Luke Marshall for being in that position. He is one of those

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guys who worked so hard on the ball, you don't see a lot of the stuff he

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does on TV. He will be talking to Jared Payne the whole way there, it

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is one of the drills that Ulster do. The work on supporting each other

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and that is very approved and got its dividends. 15 minutes gone and

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Ruan Pienaar to attempt to convert after's second try. Remember, bonus

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points are just about essential for this game tonight from an Ulster

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perspective. CHEERING

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Perfect. Beautiful. That could be the hardest space in the pitch to

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kick, P now at through the middle it will hold his line nicely and he

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struck -- struck the ball beautifully.

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16 minutes gone, 14-7 to the home side. Coetzee, no sign of that me

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bothering him. Clever little dummy stepped inside. This is Federico

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ripped that, the six feet six foreword. Stewart Golding went in

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and Didier flankers job. Penury gets it away. Gilroy is liking it. This

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could work out very interesting way. Jacob Stockdale without Amat right

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wing, I thought it was Craig Gilroy. See if they can manage to retrieve

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the ball, they have lost about 40 odd metres. Coetzee is down again

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and holding that knee. All of a sudden the is Piutau, there is no

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Coetzee. Hugo 's Piutau. Pienaar is there. Nobody is going to lay a

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glove on him, Ulster's third try within 17 minutes. What a fine piece

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of counter attacking, but disappointingly I have to say

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Marshall Coetzee is going off and limping rather badly. A great try

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but what are the consequences going to be for the rest of the season?

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Again, Zebre are going to have to learn you cannot kick loosely to

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this backstreet and it is brilliant counterattacking, it's what the fans

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want to see. It's his vision to know when to bounce back on the blindside

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and spread the width of Stuart Olding. Building managed to put

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Charles Piutau away. A great bit of support work. That is a very sad

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sight indeed. I hope it's nothing too serious. Maybe just a little bit

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-- bit of a tweaked or something. In the meantime, Pina adds his third

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conversion, the third of his own try and Ulster lead by 21 point - seven.

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A little bit of a switch around, it is a bit heavy reshuffle. It

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shouldn't cause too much disruption hopefully. Not the site that Ulster

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fans wanted to see. So much power and strength in that

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light frame of his, Payne. Penury gets it away. Nice pass by Geac. --

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Geac. The referee has got his hand out for the penalty. What a kick by

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Pienaar, look at that. The referee has got to go back. I don't think

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he's going to get the hat-trick. He was in front of the ball that was

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kicked by Jared Payne. We could see Luke Marshall did seem to be in

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front of Craig Gilroy, you want Craig Gilroy to be screaming at him

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to leave it alone because you'll know he was in front of him and

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there was no defender in sight. A missed opportunity. Whether he goes

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back to the original penalty we will have to wait and see.

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We are going to have a look at this. Everyone at Kingspan Stadium will

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see it on the big screens. Was there an offside? This is through the ball

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came back. Penury pit in the initial little chip. That was fine. The is

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Marshall. He was ahead wasn't she? The Zebre fellows have looked at

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that and said look, no try. REFEREE: He is marginally in front. Though

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try, offside. Looks like offside. That is a missed opportunity for

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Ulster, for sure. A lovely bit of vision and a nice kick. Ulster found

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a bit of space just behind the defensive line. The short kick game

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reaped a lot of rewards. They just have to try and get this fourth try

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before half-time. Two tries by Luke Marshall, one by Ruan Pienaar who

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has converted all three. This is the Italian international, Fabiani. A

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strong drive by the former Leinster Academy player. Good hands. Gilroy.

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Stockdale. Got it back inside before he hit the touchline. Ulster close

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to the opposition. That was away nicely. Chris Henry did well to get

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it back. Building not afraid to get his hands and his jersey dirty.

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Ulster's captain makes a decent bit of ground.

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Just as well for Zebre that Engelbrecht was there. If they pass

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it inside the 22, they can kick the ball to touch.

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It is inside the 22 so they can go for touch. Bart le Roux takes it

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forward for Zebre. That will give Ulster the line-out.

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Good bit of pressure by Ulster. Very good defence and nice attack. You

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see that time Zebre put the ball ten yards back to take away the threat

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but the defence of Ulster has been so solid. I expect to see another

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few tries hopefully. Herring has to execute the throw.

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Picked off. Still working hard at the breakdown,

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not making life easy for the Italians.

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What is he going to do? He's going to run is the answer. I thought he

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was going to slip it inside to Payne but he makes it available to

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Pienaar. That was a good dummy by Herbst. Good to see him back and fit

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again. Here goes Piutau. Taken in by Ruan

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Pienaar. The advantage is over. But of a forward pass. Good

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enterprising play by Ulster. The good thing is that they are carrying

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hard to the line and they've been off-loading and playing at the back

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so it is giving the Zebre defence so many questions. What they are

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managing to do is a lot of one-on-one tackles and with the

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quality of carriers and ball players also have, the one-on-one, the likes

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of Marshall, Piutau, they are making it a good way for Pienaar, who is

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pulling the strings very well tonight. They are away to the

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Newport Gwent Dragons and they are here to the Cardiff Blues. Then they

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are away to Munster and the Ospreys, and then their last game is at home

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here to current leaders Leinster. The last three games in four threes

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sides in the top five. Piutau, try number four for Ulster

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with just 25 minutes gone! The bonus point in the bag and a lot more to

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come if Ulster do what they did last time out. Nicely done. Brilliant

:34:52.:34:59.

play. A couple of good carriers. What a piece of switch play between

:35:00.:35:06.

Jared Payne and Piutau. Lovely hands, and then the timing. What do

:35:07.:35:22.

you think of Olding? He has been brilliant, he attacks the line, he

:35:23.:35:26.

gets the team moving forward. I do know if he has kicked the ball

:35:27.:35:33.

tonight. His handling and his ball carrying, he's got everything. I

:35:34.:35:40.

think it is both Ulster and Ireland are interested in exploiting. I know

:35:41.:35:51.

Joe Smith has been a fan of Stuart Olding for a long time. And this man

:35:52.:35:58.

has a lot of fans here. For reasons including that one. Four conversions

:35:59.:36:03.

for Ruan Pienaar and four tries for Ulster. And there is a lot more to

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go. What a great little switch from Jared Payne. He must be on the radar

:36:11.:36:14.

for the game next week against England. You'd think so. You can see

:36:15.:36:22.

Jared Payne is good at shoring up the defence. What a welter of the

:36:23.:36:28.

left foot! That was a very good rattle of the ball. Great kick. It

:36:29.:36:36.

relieves the pressure and it's always nice to see a left footer out

:36:37.:36:42.

there. Always looks so much more elegant! Just what Ulster needs to

:36:43.:36:43.

be doing. Great work by Robbie Diack, who is

:36:44.:37:02.

playing in his favourite position. Slight miscue, and Berryman catches

:37:03.:37:07.

it. He is allowed to run. He's gone five metres and Ulster tackling

:37:08.:37:08.

well. Where is it going? Into the hands of

:37:09.:37:32.

Robbie Diack! Very nearly gets away. Ulster looking for another one.

:37:33.:38:00.

Zebre told to leave Pienaar alone. Everyone around the Kingspan Stadium

:38:01.:38:04.

is asking that! So much pressure being exerted,

:38:05.:38:17.

Zebre starting to creak. Should be an Ulster line-out. Good

:38:18.:38:47.

defence by Zebre with Ulster having plenty of possession. At no time did

:38:48.:38:51.

Zebre seem to be under much pressure. The difficulty for all

:38:52.:38:55.

stories to keep the momentum going. They've got the fourth try and

:38:56.:39:00.

mentally you can relax but, at the same time, players don't get to play

:39:01.:39:03.

in these games where you know you're going to win comfortably. If I was

:39:04.:39:10.

Les Kiss, I'd be thinking to take Pienaar off, to save him for the

:39:11.:39:14.

bigger games towards the end of the season. Diack, moved to number rate.

:39:15.:39:26.

-- number eight. Straight through! Try number eight for the season,

:39:27.:39:33.

Stockdale, and he is joint top of the try scoring list, Stockdale.

:39:34.:39:37.

Scampered through for Ulster's fifth try within half an hour, and try

:39:38.:39:41.

number eight this season. He can play anywhere! He is a special

:39:42.:39:47.

talent, Jacob Stockdale. This try is a piece of art. Great ball off the

:39:48.:39:51.

top and there's a lot of small things there. It seems bad defence

:39:52.:39:56.

but Luke Marshall's line attracts the defender and Stockdale steps to

:39:57.:40:04.

is right, and makes the defender who is ball watching, he's so strong,

:40:05.:40:09.

and if you don't get a hit, he's gone. Just 21 years of age and that

:40:10.:40:14.

was within the last month, so he is the baby of this site by a long,

:40:15.:40:17.

long way. Maturing week on week. Pienaar does it again. Not the

:40:18.:40:43.

greatest contact in the world but it doesn't matter. I think his legs

:40:44.:40:47.

might be tired with the running and he didn't commit but it is a

:40:48.:40:51.

beautiful set piece try. It seems simple but there are so many pieces

:40:52.:40:56.

to it. It just shows how big runners are and it's much was the case of

:40:57.:41:03.

whoever is getting the ball. Five tries for Ulster, all converted.

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Pienaar glances to see where Piutau is.

:41:19.:41:42.

Herring and the other skipper having a go at each other. A handful of

:41:43.:41:51.

South Africans playing for Zebre. The same could be said for Ulster.

:41:52.:41:57.

It was unfortunate, Herring, nice tackle. The referee saying he didn't

:41:58.:42:26.

release. Rob is one of the best poachers of the ball so he will be

:42:27.:42:31.

disappointed not to show this clearly is but good defence by

:42:32.:42:35.

Ulster. They are playing pretty physical because that is a big Zebre

:42:36.:42:41.

pack, but they need to know not to give them easy penalties. It is a

:42:42.:42:50.

dry night. The man in the middle, Gianluca Guidi, must be wondering

:42:51.:42:51.

what to do with this Zebre. That wasn't the worst pass in the

:42:52.:43:25.

world. Piutau will be muttering under his breath as he gives Payne a

:43:26.:43:29.

pat on the back. The pass was fine, I was the idiot. Those two have

:43:30.:43:34.

linked up brilliantly. They haven't managed to be on the pitch too much

:43:35.:43:39.

this season. It shows what could be happening this year. That's just

:43:40.:43:42.

child is taking his eye off the ball, nothing wrong with the past.

:43:43.:43:48.

Great ambition shown by Ulster, and a great smile on his face, they are

:43:49.:43:52.

enjoying themselves to mind. They play best when they enjoyed. Five

:43:53.:43:57.

minutes remaining, Ulster with five tries in the bank. A win of any kind

:43:58.:44:04.

was going to take them up into fourth place, just ahead of the

:44:05.:44:08.

Scarlets, who have the easier run-in. This will bring Ulster level

:44:09.:44:14.

in terms of games played. This is Ulster's 17th game of the season. To

:44:15.:44:19.

win this, as they probably went, they will have won 12, lost five,

:44:20.:44:24.

but tougher ones to come, starting with Dragons and a couple of weeks.

:44:25.:44:28.

It will be on BBC Two Northern Ireland.

:44:29.:45:06.

It is very slow, giving also time to gather their defences. The man with

:45:07.:45:17.

the ball wasn't held. That is good work, Koegelenberg is up to the

:45:18.:45:22.

Ulster 22. Can Zebre get back in the game? Long way to go to level it up

:45:23.:45:25.

from here. It is a little bit slow and

:45:26.:45:54.

predictable. Fooled everybody into thinking he

:45:55.:46:25.

was going to kick the ball, Jared Payne.

:46:26.:46:32.

Pienaar has the option of kick, and touch and Ulster will try to run

:46:33.:46:37.

this one. They have to combat for the penalty.

:46:38.:46:54.

Great offence again by Ulster and nice turnover by Herring. They are

:46:55.:46:58.

showing their intention at attacking and Pienaar is asking for the

:46:59.:47:06.

penalty. I think he will try to drill this long and that's hopefully

:47:07.:47:11.

see a nice set piece. Ulster need to maintain the intensity, no point

:47:12.:47:15.

dropping off the pace. And Pienaar made it into touch. We had our

:47:16.:47:20.

hearts in our mouths! That could not have been better. He strikes the

:47:21.:47:26.

ball so cleanly and that is just the confidence you see, all the players

:47:27.:47:30.

walking around with the swagger, they will enjoy themselves tonight.

:47:31.:47:34.

Hopefully, they will try something different.

:47:35.:48:01.

One of those evenings for Piutau. He does a magnificent things and then

:48:02.:48:20.

he makes a fundamental error now and again. We're so used to him doing so

:48:21.:48:29.

well, it is a bit of a surprise. Ulster are just creating chances

:48:30.:48:32.

every time they've got the ball so it's just a case of being patient.

:48:33.:48:46.

Still some time left, Ulster will have to put-in for the line-out.

:48:47.:49:02.

Gilroy unable to gather that. Bordoli, breathing quite heavily

:49:03.:49:06.

like some of the others. When they've been attacking, they've been

:49:07.:49:11.

running into brick walls. Ulster are running some ragged so these guys

:49:12.:49:14.

will be looking forward to half-time. Ulster need to keep this

:49:15.:49:22.

intensity up. Probably last set piece of the first half.

:49:23.:49:33.

Play on, says the referee. I thought Pienaar might have shunted it

:49:34.:49:37.

forward. The referee will probably say that

:49:38.:49:51.

is the first half over. It hasn't been a first half that Ulster can

:49:52.:49:58.

look back on other than with pleasure. A couple of tries from

:49:59.:50:02.

Marshall, one from Pienaar, one from Piutau and one by Stockdale. Pienaar

:50:03.:50:10.

adds five conversions. Half-time, 35-7 to Ulster.

:50:11.:50:17.

We've been enjoying what has been a very entertaining first half, over

:50:18.:50:23.

16,000 people here. The Ulster boys came out strong, throwing the ball

:50:24.:50:27.

around, making the Zebre pack work hard. And it's paying off. The

:50:28.:50:32.

handling, their accuracy and tempo has been up there with the boys

:50:33.:50:35.

putting a very good performance. There wasn't one scrum in the first

:50:36.:50:40.

half, it was unbelievable and very entertaining. Hopefully a lot more

:50:41.:50:44.

in the second half. It's been comfortable and Ulster have been

:50:45.:50:49.

cruising. Six tries in all in the first 40 minutes, five of them for

:50:50.:51:02.

Ulster, bonus point in the bank already and lots to look forward to

:51:03.:51:05.

in the second half. Lots to look back on and reflect on as well. It's

:51:06.:51:07.

been a pretty clinical Ulster performance, it has to be said.

:51:08.:51:10.

Marshall could've had a fabulous hat-trick, as it was, great tries.

:51:11.:51:14.

We said the weather will play into the back three's hands. Stuart

:51:15.:51:20.

Olding is setting these boys are light and we have some talent on

:51:21.:51:26.

show tonight. And Luke Marshall is the recipient of a lot of stuff

:51:27.:51:30.

that's good. This is the start of the game, he is a hearty little man

:51:31.:51:35.

and he keeps bouncing, and setting boys up left, right and centre. He

:51:36.:51:41.

oozes class. Every time he touches the ball, something is going to

:51:42.:51:48.

happen. He is calling all the shots, he is filling the boots of Paddy

:51:49.:51:55.

Jackson very well and he is so exciting to watch. He looks

:51:56.:51:58.

comfortable and awesome at Number Ten and if you watch on the second

:51:59.:52:03.

half if he carries on like in the first, he is receiving the ball

:52:04.:52:07.

within about two metres of the gain-line, he such a threat. He has

:52:08.:52:11.

such skill that he can pull a pass back. His magic, he's awesome. He is

:52:12.:52:19.

very difficult to defend. He isn't scared to take the ball on himself.

:52:20.:52:28.

Obviously, that has been helping the backline. Let's look at those tries.

:52:29.:52:33.

Two great tries, could have been brave. The build-up to all the tries

:52:34.:52:39.

have been fantastic. They haven't come from set piece because we

:52:40.:52:42.

haven't had too many of them. It is good to see all the forwards doing

:52:43.:52:49.

the work. The guys have to be on the end of those passes. Luke has done

:52:50.:52:53.

well because he hasn't had a good couple of weeks. The forwards are

:52:54.:52:57.

doing great, their workrate, they are coming onto the ball at pace.

:52:58.:53:03.

Zebre are playing at a Ulster's hands. Why are they not playing the

:53:04.:53:10.

ball off the pitch? Pienaar, one of the greatest counter attackers. When

:53:11.:53:16.

you do that, you're going to get points. I bet more patients, it

:53:17.:53:22.

could have been a hat-trick. Very much so. He must've known he was in

:53:23.:53:28.

front. There wasn't a Zebre man in place. He must've had a bonus for

:53:29.:53:35.

something fresh hat-trick tonight. I'm sure Gilroy was telling him to

:53:36.:53:42.

slow down. It's evident also have more class on show. Players like

:53:43.:53:47.

Pienaar and Piutau have been pulling the strings tonight. They are

:53:48.:53:50.

world-class players and they've stepped up. But Olding, so strong.

:53:51.:54:02.

The cream rises to the top. These guys, how many times have we seen

:54:03.:54:07.

Pienaar on the inside pass, running in, and to be set up by Piutau, and

:54:08.:54:12.

when you look at Payne, they know the outcome of the situation before

:54:13.:54:18.

it takes place and its class. It is the handling skills as well. The

:54:19.:54:22.

ball is out front. It might look simple and easy on the eye but it is

:54:23.:54:30.

the timing of the switch like here. And everything is just working for

:54:31.:54:34.

Ulster tonight. A couple of loose place before the half-time whistle

:54:35.:54:40.

but another tried to come after the second half. What do you make of

:54:41.:54:49.

number 13? That is where he'd like to play. Absolute quality. It is his

:54:50.:54:56.

turn of pace. Look at this, taking the ball to the line, a delayed

:54:57.:55:02.

pass, then bang. If that was 70 yards out, nobody is catching him.

:55:03.:55:06.

It is great to see the young talent coming through and when he sees an

:55:07.:55:11.

opportunity, he is taking it, Stockdale. Let's talk about the one

:55:12.:55:18.

downside in the first half, Marcell Coetzee going off. He might have

:55:19.:55:21.

picked up a knee injury which would be pretty worrying for Ulster

:55:22.:55:24.

because he was out with a long-term knee injury previously. And we've

:55:25.:55:29.

been very excited about his inclusion, he was getting better and

:55:30.:55:33.

better with more games. Tonight would have suited him beautifully so

:55:34.:55:38.

hopefully that hasn't been a continuation of past problems just

:55:39.:55:41.

something small that we can overcome shortly. He was getting some

:55:42.:55:52.

momentum. Then we lost Trimble, and now Marcell Coetzee is out with a

:55:53.:55:56.

knee injury, it isn't too concerning if he plays some rugby in the next

:55:57.:56:01.

few weeks, but it is the only negative of tonight. Let's pause for

:56:02.:56:07.

a moment and turn our attention to the Six Nations championship.

:56:08.:56:11.

England crowned the champions this afternoon, of course, after a

:56:12.:56:16.

comprehensive 61-21 victory over Scotland. France beat Italy 40-18.

:56:17.:56:21.

We'd been hoping for the big finale in Dublin next weekend, Ireland

:56:22.:56:28.

against England, but it wasn't to be, Ireland beaten by Wells last

:56:29.:56:33.

night. Here is a look back at the drama in Cardiff.

:56:34.:56:42.

We were sitting well in the table and we'd left ourselves with the

:56:43.:56:50.

task of two wins. We came here to win. And we didn't do that. It is

:56:51.:57:02.

disappointing. Ireland take the lead. CJ stander. Scott Williams

:57:03.:57:10.

can't stop him! He won't be stopped. Moriarty. Rhys Webb! Scott Williams

:57:11.:57:18.

is true! Long pass to Leigh Halfpenny! George North! George

:57:19.:57:24.

North is back with a vengeance! We can't win the Championship, and it's

:57:25.:57:39.

tough. Jonathan Davies! Jonny Sexton is going into the bin. Once you get

:57:40.:57:45.

behind the Welsh team, they are tenacious and under pressure, it's

:57:46.:57:50.

hard to build your way in. George North, second try!

:57:51.:57:58.

Wales extend their lead. It's frustrating and it's tough to score

:57:59.:58:04.

tries because they aren't great defensive teams. We didn't take our

:58:05.:58:09.

opportunities which is disappointing. Rory Best edges

:58:10.:58:21.

closer. Number 12 ran from a distance and made it start going

:58:22.:58:24.

again, that is obstruction and penalty. He hoped to give us

:58:25.:58:29.

momentum to get us across the line because we were in a good position.

:58:30.:58:34.

You couldn't fault the physicality we brought, just lacking a bit of

:58:35.:58:42.

clinical and smarts. Sexton. Jamie Roberts 49! Roberts! We have to dust

:58:43.:58:50.

ourselves down. We wanted to win the Championship, it isn't going to

:58:51.:58:53.

happen but we have to finish strong and hike up the table.

:58:54.:59:01.

So, disappointment for Ireland's men but the women still have a great

:59:02.:59:06.

chance of winning the Grand Slam. They beat Wales in Cardiff today to

:59:07.:59:11.

set up a showdown with England on Saint Patrick's Day. Should be quite

:59:12.:59:15.

an occasion. Where did it go wrong for Ireland last night?

:59:16.:59:20.

International rugby, small margins between winning and losing. Last

:59:21.:59:25.

night, Ireland were playing at 60% on this too could have won the game.

:59:26.:59:30.

It's such a fine margins. The accuracy was off. And, on another

:59:31.:59:36.

day, Ireland would have won, but it happened to me in 2011 at the World

:59:37.:59:40.

Cup when we were favourites going into a quarterfinal and they took us

:59:41.:59:46.

out of the game, they took the backrub out of the game last night

:59:47.:59:49.

and we couldn't get going but we had a chance to win the match and we

:59:50.:59:53.

didn't take it. When you don't take it, principality Stadium, they will

:59:54.:59:57.

lose the game. England now have a chance to beat the All Blacks

:59:58.:00:02.

winning streak, unbeaten in 18. Ireland can stop them in Dublin next

:00:03.:00:07.

weekend, as they did against the All Blacks in Chicago. That add some

:00:08.:00:10.

spice to the game. Do you fancy Ireland beating England? They will

:00:11.:00:16.

come away with last I's performance hurt and upset about how it panned

:00:17.:00:22.

out for them. A couple of issues and injuries, a couple of people getting

:00:23.:00:27.

sent off. We wanted 100% but some credit has to go to Wales because

:00:28.:00:30.

their defence was superb and cancelled a lot out. I think we can

:00:31.:00:34.

go down there and everybody is looking forward to it. Which team

:00:35.:00:39.

you support, and everybody says whoever is beating England! It is

:00:40.:00:43.

going to be a cracking match. England will want to win that

:00:44.:00:47.

because they are about creating records. You think they don't want

:00:48.:00:51.

to beat the All Blacks record? Of course they do. They're getting

:00:52.:00:55.

better and better and Reggie Jones. He's doing a great job and the

:00:56.:00:59.

players are responding to how he's putting it together. I still fancy

:01:00.:01:03.

Ireland to do it. We are at home, it's going to be tough, physical. If

:01:04.:01:07.

they have their wits about them, we can do the job. Back to tonight.

:01:08.:01:17.

What will Ulster be looking for? One of the negatives about Ulster's

:01:18.:01:26.

season is the inconsistency. One week brilliant, the next mediocre

:01:27.:01:29.

and when you put any first-half performance like that you have to

:01:30.:01:33.

back it up and put in another performance like we did in the

:01:34.:01:37.

first-half, more of the same. Keeping the foot on the gas, be with

:01:38.:01:42.

us tonight. Frei you have got, it with a mindset that it is nil all.

:01:43.:01:52.

We have got to be clinical. We are striving to be the top four, we've

:01:53.:01:58.

got to go get it. On a more positive note, we are hearing that Coetzee's

:01:59.:02:02.

injury is to the other knee, not the one he entered last time, I don't

:02:03.:02:05.

know whether that makes it any better or not. Let's hope that

:02:06.:02:09.

injury is not too serious for him. Let's hope for lots more tries in

:02:10.:02:16.

the next have. COMMENTATOR: No changes in the second half for

:02:17.:02:23.

Ulster. 35-7 on the scoreboard. Zebre having one change, Engelbrecht

:02:24.:02:31.

has gone off to be replaced by the Italian international Palazzani. He

:02:32.:02:37.

has, wearing number 21. Pienaar, five convergence to his credit gets

:02:38.:02:42.

this second half under. Taken in by Bernabo. Big bump in the middle of

:02:43.:02:47.

his back by Alan O'Connor there. What a good start by Ulster. Well

:02:48.:02:49.

taken by Robbie Diack. Nicely done by Ulster. Rob Herring,

:02:50.:03:09.

Ulster's captain, tackled by the blindside flanker. Pienaar, what a

:03:10.:03:14.

pass. He makes a decent bit of ground. A little bit every tackle

:03:15.:03:21.

around the neck there. Herbst looking pretty mobile this evening.

:03:22.:03:26.

Herring needs a bit of help and get it from penury.

:03:27.:03:41.

Pretty restless stuff from Ulster's tight forwards. Pienaar had no clue

:03:42.:03:54.

for that ball was, Gilroy has knocked that backward. Play on, says

:03:55.:03:58.

the referee. Stewart Olding assists. Looking for his hat-trick, Marshall.

:03:59.:04:14.

That has come off a defender, it could still be there for Ulster. No

:04:15.:04:21.

advantage to Ulster because it came back of a Zebre player. Henry tries

:04:22.:04:31.

to secure it. It is going to be a Zebre scrum. Did we have one any

:04:32.:04:39.

first-half? I don't think we did. It's the first one. That is

:04:40.:04:43.

extraordinary, in this day and age when games are dominated by set

:04:44.:04:50.

pieces, we haven't had a scrum. That could be due to the weather

:04:51.:04:57.

conditions. A very exciting start to the second half, started by Alan

:04:58.:05:06.

O'Connor's hit. Ulster would be disappointed not to score their with

:05:07.:05:09.

a counterattack and looking to the Zebre under pressure here get a good

:05:10.:05:20.

position for next life. Palazzani with the ball in hand.

:05:21.:05:35.

Ulster not making much impression on them. A bit of nonsense going on

:05:36.:05:43.

there. Clever work by Pienaar, forcing Zebre back to their own

:05:44.:05:47.

line. If they can get them over the line, Ulster would get their own

:05:48.:05:50.

scrum. Palazzani, hugely experienced. Here comes Gilroy. Look

:05:51.:06:13.

how quickly Pienaar got there. Olding take it on himself, great

:06:14.:06:18.

work. This is Robbie Diack looking for in other try for Ulster to start

:06:19.:06:24.

of the second half style. Beautifully done. Gilroy, what a

:06:25.:06:37.

pass by Payne. What a pass by Jared Payne. A beautiful team tries. Crude

:06:38.:06:42.

Gilroy drifted on the past because Jared Payne managed to pit one out

:06:43.:06:49.

there. He is in the 22 and stands a little bit deeper than usual. If I

:06:50.:07:01.

was there as Zebre for road, I think it starts with the physicality

:07:02.:07:06.

around Pienaar. It is just great to see Ulster playing with so much

:07:07.:07:10.

weight every time there is a bad kick the hour trying to spread the

:07:11.:07:14.

field and the Zebre for red really struggling to keep up. Nice way to

:07:15.:07:19.

celebrate birthday number 26, crude Gilroy. -- Craig Gilroy. Paul

:07:20.:07:33.

Marshall has come on. Pienaar is not going to leave the field just yet as

:07:34.:07:37.

he has got another conversion to attempt. Can he make it six from

:07:38.:07:56.

six? Perfect. That was a beautiful strike. Tonight, Pienaar has been at

:07:57.:08:04.

his best. What he has done is spared the play up, controlled it

:08:05.:08:08.

beautifully and his kicking on and off the pitch has been perfect. The

:08:09.:08:13.

warmest of rounds of applause from the crowd. His replacement, Paul

:08:14.:08:23.

Marshall. Coming on for his 192nd Ulster periods, fast approaching

:08:24.:08:28.

200. This is his first... That is a clever kick, that is the beauty.

:08:29.:08:34.

Charles Piutau, very sensibly and let the Italian defender Dion

:08:35.:08:37.

Berryman bring the ball to ground, get his feet to ground. Away he

:08:38.:08:46.

goes. Shoves the man out of the way. This could be interesting. Piutau

:08:47.:08:53.

touches down, that has got to be try number eight for Ulster, or seven, I

:08:54.:09:00.

can't remember, I've lost count. That is Paul Marshall in a nutshell.

:09:01.:09:04.

Picks up the turnover and straight down the blindside. Starting to run

:09:05.:09:16.

out of fingers very rapidly. That's what Paul Marshall does better than

:09:17.:09:21.

most, shoves his opposition scrum carve out the way, Peter kept on

:09:22.:09:25.

going and Greeff made an absolute mess of that and Piutau would score

:09:26.:09:33.

an easier one. I'm sure he'll be all right with that, he'll be pleased.

:09:34.:09:37.

It is the physicality also have brought into the second half there

:09:38.:09:41.

will be the most pleasing thing. It is quite easy to switch off and for

:09:42.:09:45.

the rest of the game, it has got to make sure that the defence is up and

:09:46.:09:51.

get through their faces. Building from a difficult angle, not too far

:09:52.:09:58.

away. He hasn't been doing any goal-kicking at a long time.

:09:59.:10:02.

Properly simply played in his school's cup final for Belfast Royal

:10:03.:10:06.

Academy are alongside his international body, Iain Henderson,

:10:07.:10:09.

who has been missing because of international duty. Ulster have got

:10:10.:10:15.

seven tries. Let's get it absolutely right. Taken in by Treadwell who is

:10:16.:10:32.

tackled by Geldenhuys. Luke Marshall decided to kick to Serafin Bordoli,

:10:33.:10:41.

to Dion Berryman who is quick. Ulster have lost that one. This is

:10:42.:10:58.

Lloyd Greeff. Ulster have made a replacement, Chris Henry has gone

:10:59.:11:04.

off. That would indicate Rob Herring goes into the back row.

:11:05.:11:15.

Ulster changed the entire front row, if that's what they are up to. Zebre

:11:16.:11:23.

very much on the back food. Luke Marshall putting in a very

:11:24.:11:49.

useful tackle. Palazzani digs it out. Bellini, the first time he has

:11:50.:12:06.

got the ball on his hands. There is an accidental offside and it is

:12:07.:12:13.

going to be an Ulster scrum. Andy Warwick lining up to, an. Here is

:12:14.:12:21.

the whole of front row coming on. He has completed match number 124

:12:22.:12:48.

for Ulster. A view changes going on. A little bit slow. I am slightly

:12:49.:12:56.

confused. John Andrews came on at open side for Chris Henry so it's a

:12:57.:13:01.

case of making sure that Coetzee is injured and Chris Henry is vital and

:13:02.:13:04.

taken off and wrapped in cotton wool over the next couple of weeks.

:13:05.:13:13.

the difficulty is the are so narrow in attack. It is pretty easy for the

:13:14.:13:22.

Ulster forward. That is a good solid looking Ulster scrum, controlled by

:13:23.:13:25.

Geac. -- Diack. He is enjoying the freedom

:13:26.:13:46.

of Kingspan Stadium at the moment. Marshall, good switch, back inside

:13:47.:13:53.

to Gilroy. He has given that our way to a Zebre defender. Penalty against

:13:54.:13:59.

Ulster. That is the second penalty they have conceded all evening.

:14:00.:14:04.

Palazzani take that quickly. Good tackled by Stewart building.

:14:05.:14:13.

Berryman gets clattered by Luke Marshall. Was that high? I don't

:14:14.:14:24.

think it was anything illegal. He just got wrapped up by Luke Marshall

:14:25.:14:27.

and you could hear his grimace, his knee got caught on the ground. He

:14:28.:14:34.

just goes back over the top of Luke Marshall's leg. You can hear the

:14:35.:14:41.

crowd gruelling. The boy. D'Amato Boni, only 24 years old, born in

:14:42.:14:50.

Venice. There it is again. Marshall grabbed him around the waist,

:14:51.:14:56.

flipped him round almost judo style. He landed very quickly. Getting dry

:14:57.:15:06.

ice on there. -- very awkwardly. That is Luke Marshall, brilliant in

:15:07.:15:10.

the contact, very unfortunate how that tackle ended up. I would like

:15:11.:15:16.

to go back and be able to see the switch plate with Jacob Stockdale,

:15:17.:15:25.

what we could hear from up here is him shouting to Jacob and not to

:15:26.:15:29.

force the past. That's the experience that the likes of Jared

:15:30.:15:35.

Payne and Charles Piutau bring. The players can learn off them. It is

:15:36.:15:43.

just something... It can be as good for Irish rugby and the guys coming

:15:44.:15:48.

through. Good see to that Tommaso Boni seems to be fine again. He is

:15:49.:15:55.

going to play an. Joshua Furno has come on. When number 19. -- wing.

:15:56.:16:18.

Nice bit of running the peers. Just 11 minutes played in the second half

:16:19.:16:25.

and Ulster have added two more tries to the five these good in the

:16:26.:16:31.

first-half. A couple by Luke Marshall, one by Pienaar, one by

:16:32.:16:37.

Jacob Scott -- Stockdale, one by Charles Piutau. Second half, Craig

:16:38.:16:46.

Gilroy and Piutau again. 11 minutes gone in the second half, 47-7 to

:16:47.:16:53.

Ulster, the bonus point secured. They want to kick on and just get a

:16:54.:16:57.

few more to give themselves that extra bit of confidence. You never

:16:58.:17:03.

know how tries scored will affect things right at the end of the

:17:04.:17:09.

season. Palazzani, hugely experienced. That is not a bad

:17:10.:17:15.

tackle. That is a good bit of running there. Lloyd Greeff showing

:17:16.:17:27.

his paces. Great defending by Stuart Olding. He has put in a masterful

:17:28.:17:33.

performance this evening. Berryman goes into scrum half. Koegelenberg

:17:34.:17:42.

spent ten minutes in the bin this time the first-half. D'Amato, taken

:17:43.:17:56.

off at the ankles there. This is better staffed by Zebre. Ulster have

:17:57.:18:01.

taken their foot off the gas it little bit, perhaps, can hardly

:18:02.:18:11.

blame them. Berryman gathers it in. Slow ball for a Zebre, but they've

:18:12.:18:17.

got the ball, which is what matters. Well met by big Alan O'Connor. It is

:18:18.:18:28.

a bit congested there in the middle of the park.

:18:29.:18:42.

Robbie Diack is told to get out of the way. This is better staffed. --

:18:43.:18:55.

better stuff. Nothing is as breezy to the eye is a very large man in

:18:56.:19:01.

full flight. Good stuff, Herring. Nicely done. Stockdale needs to get

:19:02.:19:09.

that. A little chip. Paul Marshall. Wonderful stuff by Marshall. His

:19:10.:19:18.

first Ulster try. Right underneath the post. He has got serious gas,

:19:19.:19:24.

John Andrew, what a piece of appreciation. Just exactly where the

:19:25.:19:30.

ball is going to pop up. He is a terrific player. A great all-round

:19:31.:19:34.

footballer and he would be delighted with that, Ian. A brilliant try yet

:19:35.:19:40.

again. A good turnover on the left touch. In I've carried to Kieran

:19:41.:19:45.

Treadwell. Brilliant awareness by Craig Gilroy. To play it back in

:19:46.:19:49.

field by Paul Marshall where he knew the support was needed. Paul

:19:50.:19:54.

Marshall Newt did well to know that John Andrews was on his shoulder to

:19:55.:20:02.

finish off. Stuart Olding, Jared Payne has left the field and on has

:20:03.:20:10.

come Nelson. We look again at John Andrews's moment of glory. He was

:20:11.:20:14.

unlucky enough to score at the end of last down the left touchline. He

:20:15.:20:20.

just better be careful he doesn't go too well. Would be happy if he was

:20:21.:20:34.

picked for scrum half. Zebre a couple of changes, both props have

:20:35.:20:39.

been replaced. Peter Nelson is on for Jared Payne. Luke Marshall gave

:20:40.:20:54.

that a bit of an old belt. Joshua Furno pits and a little bit of

:20:55.:21:04.

support. That is a loose head prop. Postiglioni played last week.

:21:05.:21:13.

Referee has got his hand out. Nudged forward by Zebre and Ulster will get

:21:14.:21:20.

the scrum. Zebre have just throwing the towel in yet. Ulster's defence

:21:21.:21:24.

has been well organised, you can hear the chat am talking with each

:21:25.:21:30.

other. There is nobody shooting out of line, trying to go off on their

:21:31.:21:34.

own accord, the eye very comfortable and their tries have come from

:21:35.:21:38.

turnovers. It is good to see Jared Payne managed to get more game time

:21:39.:21:43.

under his belt, positive for Ulster that he has returned tonight. Still

:21:44.:21:51.

in the third quarter of this game. We have got 25 minutes to go. Ulster

:21:52.:21:59.

scrum, solid scrum it is. Marshall in the wrapped round. What a great

:22:00.:22:06.

strength, Stockdale. Great support play from Clive Ross. Alan O'Connor,

:22:07.:22:16.

he has been rumbling around the park, he's enjoying himself. What a

:22:17.:22:22.

clever kick from Piutau. Stuart Olding wasn't too far away and that

:22:23.:22:28.

is going to be a 22 dropout. You can see Jacob Stockdale and Charles

:22:29.:22:33.

Piutau all swept down the blindside and it was communication coming from

:22:34.:22:36.

the outside. Good cover by the Zebre offence. Ulster are trying to do a

:22:37.:22:41.

few different things and not just going through the motions. It is one

:22:42.:22:45.

of the tricks Jacob Stockdale's has under his sleeve. The way he hits

:22:46.:22:53.

it, it just seems to bounce up, didn't work at that time. Here comes

:22:54.:23:02.

Zebre again, ever willing. Stockdale very nearly pinched that one.

:23:03.:23:22.

Zebre about to make two more replacements. That is good hard work

:23:23.:23:40.

by Mattia Bellini. Serafin Bordoli takes it up for Zebre. A little bit

:23:41.:23:48.

of an overlap. That is not a great pass and that is going to give

:23:49.:23:53.

Ulster a very decent attacking line-out. Zebre have been throwing

:23:54.:23:56.

the ball around with a bit of invention but not causing Ulster too

:23:57.:24:01.

many problems. It is a good work-out for Ulster. They can't switch off.

:24:02.:24:05.

We have given plenty of opportunities for attack and

:24:06.:24:09.

hopefully we will try a few different combinations. Ulster with

:24:10.:24:16.

eight tries in a 54 points, the highest score of the season, if I am

:24:17.:24:23.

not mistaken, to date. Not so good by Ulster. Picked up well by Zebre.

:24:24.:24:33.

Another Zebre player down injured, it looks like the hooker, Fabiani.

:24:34.:24:41.

He was limping here at the near side a few minutes ago, so others

:24:42.:24:44.

something is happening here, I've couple of guys landed on him. The

:24:45.:24:50.

referee must have heard or seen something. His left ankle twisted

:24:51.:24:53.

underneath him as Clive Ross tackled him. He looks in an awful lot of

:24:54.:25:00.

pain. That is really quite sad for the 26-year-old. It is the game

:25:01.:25:09.

tonight that the coaches you don't want any more injuries. There are

:25:10.:25:15.

number one priorities is to achieve the five points. Without anything

:25:16.:25:22.

serious happening. He is, as we see in your part of the world, he is

:25:23.:25:41.

limping a little bit there. Ulster's litres try scorer. -- latest. Maybe

:25:42.:25:58.

the pace will pick up a wee bit. Good squeeze by Ulster in the scrum,

:25:59.:26:02.

what a show that was. Here goes Marshall. He has got to get himself

:26:03.:26:12.

in, Marshall. Typically Paul Marshall, opportunistic try.

:26:13.:26:20.

Marshall was alert as a little accordion. That was great by Ulster,

:26:21.:26:26.

put them under a lot of pressure. Paul Marshall found that an easy

:26:27.:26:33.

finish. That is a pretty easy tackle. Two more replacements for

:26:34.:26:46.

Zebre, numbers 16 and 20 are coming on. The former French under 20

:26:47.:26:55.

international second row forward is a bit of the big unit. He is having

:26:56.:27:02.

a Joel Conlan club with his fellow Welshman to see if there's any

:27:03.:27:05.

reason why that try should been given. Clive Ross collided, I don't

:27:06.:27:16.

think he made the tackle illegally. Did Clive Ross deliberately tackle a

:27:17.:27:21.

man? You fell into him. He thought he had the ball. He was trying to

:27:22.:27:25.

get past. I don't think you can do is allow that, but I'm not the

:27:26.:27:30.

referee. It seems OK from here. Whether the check-in breaking of the

:27:31.:27:41.

scrum early. They have gone up steers to the TMO. We will have to

:27:42.:27:45.

wait and see. They have found the angle and are

:27:46.:28:05.

looking for a way not to allow their stride. That was the great scrum, he

:28:06.:28:13.

was onside, no question about it. You can see he's detached and the

:28:14.:28:17.

player picks the ball up. He is going to be judged as having come of

:28:18.:28:24.

the scrum early. That is very harsh. It seemed that Ulster were going for

:28:25.:28:29.

it so quickly it was hard for Clive to stay engaged. A pretty harsh

:28:30.:28:37.

player. -- penalty. Paul Marshall thought he was in for yet another

:28:38.:28:42.

league try. His 18th in the league, it wasn't to be. Tough call, that

:28:43.:28:50.

one. Of the outside of the boot by Serafin Bordoli. Argentinian born

:28:51.:28:57.

and his first season playing professional rugby in Italy.

:28:58.:29:10.

A couple of replacements Zebre have made.

:29:11.:29:22.

That is a good drive by the men in the blue and gold. That is a bit

:29:23.:29:35.

sloppy. Ulster holding up very quickly. Well retrieved by Zebre.

:29:36.:29:46.

Nice handling. Good tackle their by Paul Marshall.

:29:47.:29:57.

Surely, that was forward! Away goes number 14, Mattia Bellini. Nudged

:29:58.:30:08.

forward by Zebre and Ulster will get the scrum. I thought the first pass

:30:09.:30:15.

was forward. It looked like it, this is the replay, it was forward. Nice

:30:16.:30:21.

break but Ulster are relieved they managed to knock it on. At the risk

:30:22.:30:28.

of sounding at like a broken record, I'd like Charles Piutau off now, to

:30:29.:30:37.

make sure he's OK. It would be nice to see David Busby get another run.

:30:38.:30:41.

He scored a couple of weeks ago, when they won. There is David Busby,

:30:42.:30:49.

who I think will come on. He is due to be involved with the Ulster

:30:50.:30:56.

A-side, down in Limerick tomorrow or Court, against Munster in the

:30:57.:31:00.

British and Irish cup, so he's heading straight down for that game

:31:01.:31:06.

straight after this one. Yes, I think the two of them are heading

:31:07.:31:10.

down so hopefully a good game from Ulster Wiehahn -- Ulster A. Good to

:31:11.:31:26.

see Rodney Ah You back, over 100 appearances for Connacht. And three

:31:27.:31:33.

caps for Ireland. There is Clive Ross, who helped Paul Marshall score

:31:34.:31:36.

another try. Olding is a way! He needs some help.

:31:37.:32:12.

He's got Marshall one side, moving it wide. Nelson Castello if he'd

:32:13.:32:20.

have looked to his right, he'd have seen Marshall steaming up beside

:32:21.:32:24.

him, and nobody would have stopped him. That would have been trying

:32:25.:32:32.

number nine. That was lovely, the ball in hand, he's snapped back down

:32:33.:32:38.

the blindside. Nelson had gone so far to catch up but Paul Marshall

:32:39.:32:43.

had tracked nicely up inside himself and Pienaar, the best support

:32:44.:32:46.

runners. They travel to where they think the ball will be rather than

:32:47.:32:49.

travelling behind the other attackers. They will be disappointed

:32:50.:32:56.

because come the end of the season these tries could matter. Well,

:32:57.:33:02.

Rebecca-Anne Withey did the hard work. -- Olding did the hard work.

:33:03.:33:21.

I think throughout the whole team tonight, it's easy for the backline

:33:22.:33:27.

to get all the plaudits but it has been set off by the four, when you

:33:28.:33:32.

play these Italian teams, it can be quite scrappy but I think the likes

:33:33.:33:39.

of Alan O'Connor have played very well. There's a man we haven't seen

:33:40.:33:47.

much of because we were too busy on the field of play but he must be

:33:48.:33:58.

very happy with their performance. Matteo Pratichetti has come on,

:33:59.:34:07.

wearing the but 22. Franco van der Merwe is the only Ulster player not

:34:08.:34:09.

to have come on. First time this evening the crowd

:34:10.:34:14.

getting into a decent voice! Ulster put the Zebre scrum under

:34:15.:34:31.

pressure at the last time they were in this situation. Clive Ross jumped

:34:32.:34:36.

the gun a little bit. TMO seems to be brought in every

:34:37.:34:55.

time there's a try. The referee is reluctant to give it, it strikes the

:34:56.:34:59.

game on but I suppose with what is at stake, the referee cannot afford

:35:00.:35:04.

to get one wrong, otherwise he will be grilled and in trouble. He's the

:35:05.:35:07.

same as the player, he gets reviewed as much as players do. Marshall,

:35:08.:35:11.

capped three times for Ireland. Fast approaching 200 for his

:35:12.:35:27.

beloveds Ulster, Paul Marshall. Enterprising staff! Berryman gets it

:35:28.:35:35.

away to Bellini, who has moved around to the left wing. Bordoli.

:35:36.:35:48.

This will be an Ulster line-out with 17 minutes to go. 54-7, eight tries,

:35:49.:35:53.

I think we've got that right. It has gone a little bit quiet.

:35:54.:36:06.

Credit to Zebre they've kept on playing. Nice start of play and

:36:07.:36:12.

field position. They haven't given up tonight. And I don't think the

:36:13.:36:16.

scoreline is a fair reflection of how they've played but it shows how

:36:17.:36:20.

clinical Ulster have been with the few chances they've had. Just had a

:36:21.:36:26.

look at one of those magic at things on your magic phone, 61 points

:36:27.:36:35.

against Scotland. It was a drubbing for our Celtic cousins.

:36:36.:36:52.

He just about judge the first one and misjudged the second one. You

:36:53.:36:58.

can see what he was trying to do. The first kick was perfect. Paul

:36:59.:37:05.

Marshall will know that the winner is out of possession, said there

:37:06.:37:10.

should be space. There was some inaccuracy. What they did with

:37:11.:37:16.

Pienaar, the kicks was so competitive, Zebre are giving easy

:37:17.:37:19.

ball and Ulster retaining possession more frequently. Guillermo Roan, the

:37:20.:37:31.

replacement prop. Good defending in the middle of the pitch by Ulster.

:37:32.:37:38.

The Zebre skipper, 35 years of age, takes it on.

:37:39.:37:47.

One more Zebre replacement to come on, who should be Malou Mornas. Nice

:37:48.:37:59.

dummy by Berryman! Ulster have kept him shackled all evening. That is

:38:00.:38:07.

the put-in, well inside their 22. On comes a man who is destined for

:38:08.:38:12.

Cardiff next year. That was taken very quickly, as we were talking

:38:13.:38:19.

about Franco van der Merwe. The referee said no. They will have to

:38:20.:38:23.

come back and take the line-up. Ulster are very fortunate because

:38:24.:38:29.

I'm not sure what happened. Again, lovely play by Zebre, putting Ulster

:38:30.:38:33.

under pressure, not giving up. Ulster are struggling with the

:38:34.:38:38.

changes to get their defence going. Credit to Zebre. I think Bordoli

:38:39.:38:44.

pulls the strings nicely and I've Zebre continue to develop, they have

:38:45.:38:48.

the potential to become a decent side. They are struggling at the

:38:49.:38:57.

moment. Well, Malou Mornas has come on for Zebre. And Franco van der

:38:58.:39:05.

Merwe is off to Cardiff at the end of the season, he comes on for his

:39:06.:39:09.

72nd Ulster appearance. He has been pretty useful. Big shoes to fill,

:39:10.:39:17.

but he came into the side, and he's been very good.

:39:18.:39:32.

The Ulster forward still going. Herring has found the energy for

:39:33.:39:44.

another charge. Could be interesting! Well gathered in.

:39:45.:39:47.

Ulster could be conceding a try. Bit of a sloppy as. The try has been

:39:48.:39:54.

given! It is that replacement, tight-head prop Guillermo Roan who

:39:55.:40:00.

gets over Ford Zebre's second try, no more than they deserve because

:40:01.:40:06.

they haven't stopped working. They are still battling away. As you

:40:07.:40:13.

said, they haven't given up. It is a tired looking pass by Olding.

:40:14.:40:18.

Playing tennis different to 12. He was trying to guide the past to Luke

:40:19.:40:24.

Marshall, and he just died on him, just before it reached him. Credit

:40:25.:40:28.

to Zebre for putting Ulster under pressure. They fully deserved that

:40:29.:40:30.

second try. It has been a high paced game, and

:40:31.:40:41.

Ulster have capitalised but they will be disappointed with the

:40:42.:40:47.

concession of two tries, both the front row forwards.

:40:48.:41:09.

Palazzani adds the conversion. Only 40 points between them so five quick

:41:10.:41:17.

tries and Zebre are backing this! Perhaps. It is disappointing for

:41:18.:41:22.

Ulster, honestly, but the key is to forget about things and concentrate

:41:23.:41:26.

on the positives and build on this for Les Kiss. Was that an accidental

:41:27.:41:33.

offside? Play on says the referee. How can you have a man run into his

:41:34.:41:38.

own man, gain an advantage in not have an accidental offside?

:41:39.:41:51.

Diack was positioned perfectly for a number eight forward.

:41:52.:42:04.

Great stuff from the All Black, Piutau. Luke Marshall.

:42:05.:42:20.

Magnificent by Olding! What a wonderful piece of footwork by

:42:21.:42:30.

Ulster! All of a sudden, we have a man who can step into Paddy

:42:31.:42:34.

Jackson's shoes. That was a beautiful try by Olding. He uses

:42:35.:42:42.

Gilroy as a decoy. He's showing the ball to the defenders, creating

:42:43.:42:47.

doubt in their minds and he's so strong and so quick that one-on-one

:42:48.:42:51.

he will beat anybody and it is a brilliant try. He has done it with a

:42:52.:43:01.

smile on his face, too. Well, two serious, major knee operations for

:43:02.:43:09.

Stuart Olding, and left footed, he adds the points. Ulster are past the

:43:10.:43:14.

60 point mark. 61 points, exactly the same as England versus Scotland

:43:15.:43:19.

today. Great performance by Ulster today. Not many chances tonight, so

:43:20.:43:25.

how it will be pleasing about how clinical they've been, and the

:43:26.:43:28.

performance of Stuart Olding is very pleasing. Nice to see smiles on the

:43:29.:43:33.

faces of Pienaar and Payne. The little fellow with the Centre

:43:34.:44:11.

has been busy, Castello. Second try scorer for Zebre and very nearly

:44:12.:44:13.

lost that one. Luke Marshall has defended

:44:14.:44:36.

wonderfully well, having missed some tackles a few weeks ago. This could

:44:37.:44:40.

be interesting if this bouncers! Play on, says the referee. Nelson

:44:41.:44:46.

needs help, he has it from Gilroy. He delayed the past too much. It was

:44:47.:44:50.

knocked backwards, the crowd disagree. A little bit more patients

:44:51.:45:03.

needed. As it is, Zebre possession again.

:45:04.:45:12.

Lloyd Greef, he got a bit of grief from somebody, and it was Andrew

:45:13.:45:28.

Warwick! What a tackle! Deary me. Franco van der Merwe helped to knock

:45:29.:45:32.

the ball back, great work by look Marshall. Here's another chance!

:45:33.:45:38.

Paul Marshall is a way! He would get a second try, right underneath the

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posts. He has been a crowd favourite for the best part of a decade, and

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he allows him the luxury of wheat grain. Splendid individual try yet

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again by Paul Marshall. Look at the tactic by Andrew Warwick. Causes the

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turnover, and brilliant. 61 points, they've still got the hunger to get

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off the line and make the tackles. You can hear the calls from Marshall

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and Franco van der Merwe. Lovely finish by Paul Marshall. Great

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technique. Ulster from another turnover, the majority of their

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eight or nine tries have been from turnovers. It's great to see the

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clinical nature of that. That is try Number Ten and Olding adds the

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conversion. Ulster are up to 68 points, romping away with it. The

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most they've ever scored was against Caerphilly in a game. Look at that,

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left the front row for dead, and the chaser was never going to get him.

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Very nice. Two tries for Paul Marshall. Good pressure again at the

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breakdown, from Luke Marshall. He is very dangerous in and around the

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breakdown. 67 was the previous highest score in

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this competition so it is a record points hold for the men in white.

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And maybe there is more to come, who knows.

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And the ten tries has also beaten the previous record of nine. A

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record-breaking night here at the Kingspan Stadium and the crowd are

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looking for more, I suspect. Zebre still battling away.

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Palazzani has to dig it out of himself. Nice little flat ball but

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Ulster are good in defence. Ulster are determined not to have

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the line crossed for the third time if they can manage it. Nibert, he is

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a big unit. As a great chance if they can shift this, they have men

:48:36.:48:40.

over. It is one-on-one now, now one onto. Nelson could not make the

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tackle, and that's the third strive for the visitors. Lloyd Greef has

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got over in the corner. The crowd give him a decent round of applause

:48:52.:48:56.

and no more than they deserve. They've been outworked, outplayed

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and outmanoeuvred all the way through but in terms of sheer heart,

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they've kept going. Ulster's defence just a little bit lax. They will be

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disappointed to concede the try but tonight both Lloyd Greef and Mattia

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Bellini have worked well, looking for the ball, and both big athletes,

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and they've caused some trouble, as we keep going back to the same

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point, credit to Zebre for not picking up -- giving up. He has got

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a bit more animated, the man in the middle, Gianluca Guidi.

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So, it is the replacement scrum-half, Palazzani, who takes

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Zebre beyond the 20 points mark. 19 points, not a bad night's

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entertainment, if you've come along to the Kingspan Stadium. Palazzani,

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is it in? That is a stonking really good kick by Guglielmo Palazzani,

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who was limping a little bit. 21 points to see Brad -- Zebre. Not

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bad. It has been a good and entertaining evening. We said before

:50:29.:50:31.

the game the conditions were nice and credit to the ground staff after

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last week getting the pitch and in a playable condition.

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Ulster have a record number of tries for any league fixture. Where is the

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ball? It is in there! It is a Zebre ball.

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Nice gather... Almost. The referee has to wait-and-see there is any

:51:21.:51:32.

advantage. So, Ulster get a scrummage. Maybe one of the last

:51:33.:51:39.

said pieces of the game. Great attempt by Lloyd Greef, spotting the

:51:40.:51:44.

space, the bounce is unfortunate. 11, you never know key might have

:51:45.:51:50.

fancied his chances. Ulster's defence might come up with some

:51:51.:51:53.

fancy play, and finished the night off nicely for the crowd who have

:51:54.:51:59.

come out tonight. One slight shadow is the in during the first half to

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Marcell Coetzee, and we are hoping it isn't going to be too serious.

:52:05.:52:20.

Certainly, he has had major surgery, it's

:52:21.:52:20.

delayed his start for the club Ulster last summer.

:52:21.:52:29.

Which Marshall will get the hat-trick tonight?

:52:30.:52:40.

Treadwell, turning into a fairly balls for runner in Ulster colours.

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Ulster give away the penalty. You can hear the referee is saying the

:52:52.:52:55.

counter ruck was fine. They are working hard at the breakdowns, you

:52:56.:53:00.

have to say. Think this will go into touch. Good defence by Zebre and

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nice counter ruck, spotted a few backs and went hard to force a

:53:10.:53:13.

turnover, and now they will fancy their chances. They hope to get the

:53:14.:53:22.

bonus point try. Malou Mornas taking over kicking duties. He had a little

:53:23.:53:33.

spell with the pro-Russian club -- with the Parisian club, Paris Metro.

:53:34.:53:45.

They are looking for a fourth try which would give them a much bonus

:53:46.:53:51.

point. They are always in the dogfight with their fellow Italians,

:53:52.:53:56.

Treviso, whom Ulster defeated last week in dreadful conditions. Good

:53:57.:54:02.

defence by Ulster. We've now played 80 minutes, Ulster will have to

:54:03.:54:08.

settle for ten tries, probably. You have to settle for ten tries! Ulster

:54:09.:54:15.

might have turned it over! And the penalty has been given away. 18

:54:16.:54:20.

minutes are up so the penalty will be taken and has been taken.

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That is the end of the game. And Ulster, they came here knowing that

:54:33.:54:40.

a bonus point win would be what they really needed and they got the bonus

:54:41.:54:45.

point twice over, five tries in the first, five tries in the second, and

:54:46.:54:50.

a terrific performance all the way through, just about everything that

:54:51.:54:55.

man dead, Stuart Olding, we appreciate 's performance. He

:54:56.:55:00.

stepped up tonight. Finished it off with an eye strivers own. Lots of

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positives for them, ten tries and some good performances. They need to

:55:08.:55:09.

recharge their batteries and get ready for a couple of bigwigs coming

:55:10.:55:13.

up. Newport away from home, never a good place to go. Then it is Cardiff

:55:14.:55:21.

back here at the Kingspan Stadium, and the last three, they are very

:55:22.:55:24.

mouthwatering but difficult for Ulster, awake at the Ospreys. Not a

:55:25.:55:33.

bad night here. Record points for Ulster here, record number of tries,

:55:34.:55:39.

ten in total, 68 points, and they've defeated Zebre 68-21.

:55:40.:55:46.

Thank you. Ulster made it look very, very straightforward tonight. Very

:55:47.:55:52.

straightforward indeed and very professional. Everybody that pitched

:55:53.:55:56.

up here at the Kingspan Stadium expected 40-50 points and they put

:55:57.:56:00.

on a very good show for the 16,000 that turned out here. They could

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have had a few more tries, to be honest, but a few changes in

:56:05.:56:08.

personnel, I thought Paul Marshall did well, raised the tempo of the

:56:09.:56:14.

match, but all in all, I think Les Kiss, his attack was fantastic, Neil

:56:15.:56:20.

Doak, and all in all it very good performance. It was comfortable,

:56:21.:56:25.

Andy, clinical, but overall what will Ulster learn from that

:56:26.:56:28.

performance tonight, because it was so simple. Rugby is a simple game,

:56:29.:56:36.

we can overcomplicated but we showed that we do the easy things well. We

:56:37.:56:42.

hardly had a scrum tonight. Very few scrums, which allows the tight

:56:43.:56:46.

forwards, it takes a lot of energy for them to do that. I think they

:56:47.:56:51.

did exceptionally well in everything they did. They got turnovers,

:56:52.:56:57.

counter ruck King, just the simple things done very well and the

:56:58.:57:01.

execution was where we wanted it to be and expected to be. And as we

:57:02.:57:06.

take a look at the league table, Ulster move above Scarlets into the

:57:07.:57:11.

top four. Now it is very much in their own hands. They know what they

:57:12.:57:14.

have to do to get into the play-offs. It is and we know going

:57:15.:57:20.

to Newport is a tough game. For the coaching staff and the players, they

:57:21.:57:23.

know it is difficult to go there is a they need to be switched on. They

:57:24.:57:27.

need to recharge their batteries over the next couple of weeks and

:57:28.:57:31.

make sure they go over to Wales with them right mindset and they know

:57:32.:57:34.

when they get ahead, they can close the game out because they need to

:57:35.:57:39.

keep this momentum going. We asked a question about what it does for

:57:40.:57:42.

Ulster, it keeps their confidence going. Two or three tries apiece, it

:57:43.:57:48.

enhances their confidence and keeps the momentum and ball rolling. They

:57:49.:57:55.

now have a viable option of Stuart Olding, man of the match tonight.

:57:56.:58:00.

Very much so. It will suit him. What it allowed him to do tonight, we saw

:58:01.:58:05.

what sort of a classy player he is, he is talented and he can go and

:58:06.:58:10.

play in any position. He looks so comfortable, he is such a fantastic

:58:11.:58:14.

footballer in general. He slotted into the Number Ten tonight. He

:58:15.:58:18.

directed the traffic exceptionally well, he passed the ball well. One

:58:19.:58:26.

other thing, look at the Zebre game away, I was commenting on it on the

:58:27.:58:29.

radio, we kicked a lot of the possession away from home, and

:58:30.:58:38.

Rebecca-Anne Withey kept feeding the Passos, and when you have Pienaar

:58:39.:58:41.

and Piutau, it makes your job easier. Stockdale did very well

:58:42.:58:47.

tonight. And this man, Luke Marshall, who scored early on. They

:58:48.:58:56.

are a joy to watch. Stuart Olding, man of the match and we can hear

:58:57.:58:59.

from him now. Getting high praise from the studio.

:59:00.:59:08.

Dream night for you tonight. Yes, I scored some nice tries. But we also

:59:09.:59:13.

let them in for some soft tries, I missed tackle and through a bad

:59:14.:59:18.

pass. So, all in all, delighted to scored ten tries on any night,

:59:19.:59:26.

tonight was a good night for rugby. We will rue the mistakes we made and

:59:27.:59:30.

to let them back into the game. Against other sides, you can't let

:59:31.:59:35.

them in like that so we need to fix this. What was the key tonight?

:59:36.:59:43.

We got through our plays and held on the balls. The guys held their feet.

:59:44.:59:57.

Other times we looked sluggish. There are mistakes to be made and we

:59:58.:00:02.

will look at them after the break. Don't go away. Happy man, good

:00:03.:00:12.

experiment? He is a talented man and did very well tonight. Something

:00:13.:00:20.

seemed to work out, didn't it? We made away for rotation. I thought

:00:21.:00:27.

Stewart led well tonight. How does that set you up for what is a pretty

:00:28.:00:36.

special end to the season? To get 24 out of 25 points is a pretty good

:00:37.:00:40.

effort. We challenged ourselves at the beginning of this phase and the

:00:41.:00:45.

boys have worked hard, worked hard on the basics and also worked hard

:00:46.:00:50.

to make sure we can open up the game and play this type of rugby. Really

:00:51.:00:55.

happy. A lot of big positives tonight. Marcel Coetzee is still in

:00:56.:01:02.

the medical room. What's his state? He had a dig in the knee. We don't

:01:03.:01:07.

know for sure yet. We will have a scan and Sever we go from there but

:01:08.:01:15.

hopefully he will be all right. We will fever we are on Monday. Thanks

:01:16.:01:22.

your time. How positive are you feeling about the tail end of the

:01:23.:01:27.

season and be run and after what happened tonight? Delighted. 24

:01:28.:01:32.

points possible 25 in the last few games. It's an achievement and we

:01:33.:01:36.

are targeting 25 but one point off isn't too bad. Hopefully it won't

:01:37.:01:41.

come back to haunt us in the season. We will ask Colin Bell to present

:01:42.:01:46.

the man of the rat award on behalf of of Dennis. Congratulations,

:01:47.:01:53.

Stewart. To hear Olding take the brave but also be critical of the

:01:54.:01:58.

things Ulster didn't do right. He wants to make sure everything is

:01:59.:02:05.

done 100% to perfection. He did miss a tackle. But at the end of the day

:02:06.:02:08.

you are playing against Zebre, you're going to get more

:02:09.:02:12.

opportunities, maybe you are not 100% when it comes to defence and I

:02:13.:02:22.

don't think evilness that tackle. Lets get more reaction and tear from

:02:23.:02:28.

Rob Herring. As one of the forwards, you say you gave the back the right

:02:29.:02:33.

to go on and score those tries. The backs just finished easy. We've been

:02:34.:02:41.

working and building and building and we've come under pressure. We

:02:42.:02:47.

should tonight what we can do when everything clicks. A lot of decent

:02:48.:02:51.

result in a row, is their momentum coming into this running? We always

:02:52.:02:57.

get momentum into the run-in, it's going to be a tough run-in. The top

:02:58.:03:05.

format, we've achieved our goal is, almost maximum points. It was a good

:03:06.:03:11.

enough block for us. Marcel Coetzee has been one of your... That's

:03:12.:03:17.

lovely. Marcel Coetzee has been a big influence. He went off injured.

:03:18.:03:24.

How much of the concern is that? He has been massive since he arrived.

:03:25.:03:36.

Is top for going to happen? Bye we know the challenge ahead of us. We

:03:37.:03:43.

believe in ourselves and we are going to keep getting better and

:03:44.:03:47.

better. Put in performances like this. 16,000 people, a big crowd,

:03:48.:03:53.

pretty special. We haven't delivered in some games this year at home and

:03:54.:03:57.

for the guys to come out in such big numbers, it is a massive show of

:03:58.:04:00.

confidence. We really do appreciate it. Well played. Ruan Pienaar with

:04:01.:04:09.

his young son there, he qualified for Ireland heap in the future. Ten

:04:10.:04:16.

tries tonight. Lots to look back on. In the second half, Craig Gilroy, it

:04:17.:04:21.

was happy birthday to him, 26 years old today. He is pushing on a bit,

:04:22.:04:28.

isn't he? They come out in the second half and the more or less

:04:29.:04:31.

picked up whether laughed off on the first and it was all about

:04:32.:04:34.

continuing with the pressure, the keep the ball very well. When

:04:35.:04:39.

somebody shoot out there alone, Craig Gilroy picks him up on the

:04:40.:04:42.

outside. It is an easy score for Craig. And Pee-wee Pienaar moved the

:04:43.:04:49.

ball tonight, controlled the game, absolutely top-class. We have said

:04:50.:04:55.

this very year is now watching him play. He is a bit of the Rose Royce

:04:56.:04:59.

sitting in a number nine jersey and we're very fortunate to have him

:05:00.:05:02.

here. The way he says the whole running. His pass is always out in

:05:03.:05:12.

front, always inviting and a thrill to watch. Charles Piutau tonight,

:05:13.:05:18.

two tries, every time he gets the ball, the Kingspan Stadium lights

:05:19.:05:26.

up. The old big are do or don't argue friends but he used it a few

:05:27.:05:29.

times a night, stepping on the Bulls to get a bit closer. He is just

:05:30.:05:34.

exceptional and everything that he does. It doesn't matter, attack or

:05:35.:05:38.

defence, he puts his body on the line and is a joy to watch.

:05:39.:05:42.

Everybody here at Kingspan Stadium loves it when he gets his hand on

:05:43.:05:49.

the ball. He is so enthusiastic. Straight on his feet, gets up. So

:05:50.:05:59.

enthusiastic when he plays rugby. He is awesome. He is so enthusiastic,

:06:00.:06:04.

he probably couldn't believe it, didn't believe that ball bounced up.

:06:05.:06:10.

He is in the mix. He is a joy to watch. You don't know what he's

:06:11.:06:14.

going to come with, so much magic, he can just pull out so many toys

:06:15.:06:18.

from his locker. Of the foreign players that come to play here, he

:06:19.:06:23.

is certainly enjoying his time in Northern Ireland. Then came more

:06:24.:06:29.

tries in the second half. They made it ten tonight with a couple more

:06:30.:06:33.

excellent prize. I remember one of those tries in 2006, I think it was.

:06:34.:06:40.

Everybody played really well. Clive Ross did exceptional when he came on

:06:41.:06:45.

in the back row. He is really athletic and fast off the mark. Paul

:06:46.:06:50.

good media have got the lion himself. -- may be. Everybody should

:06:51.:06:59.

be proud of the performance, the way the Duggan. Paul Marshall with the

:07:00.:07:09.

record-breaking score. He has got more true than a Roman sandal here.

:07:10.:07:18.

Absolutely flying. -- toe. It is good to see him and he had a smile

:07:19.:07:23.

there. He is happy as well. All-star in the position they want to be,

:07:24.:07:28.

possibly higher, but in the top format play-off positions at the

:07:29.:07:31.

moment with five games remaining. Let's have a look at how all the

:07:32.:07:34.

teams shape up, it will be between them and discarded, let's be honest,

:07:35.:07:39.

for that fourth place. Ulster have a very tough run-in, playing three of

:07:40.:07:44.

the top for Mac side. It is very doable. As Gavin said, it's in their

:07:45.:07:50.

own hands. We have got an opportunity to get themselves into

:07:51.:07:54.

the top format. It would be a home semifinal but they've got an

:07:55.:07:57.

opportunity to do it. Let's call it the way it is, the last four or five

:07:58.:08:01.

weeks, they have been playing against opposition. I am not sure

:08:02.:08:04.

how much they can take out of the games, probably just the momentum we

:08:05.:08:10.

can forward. Could the afford to lose one of those games? The will be

:08:11.:08:14.

looking at those games and trying to win every single one of them, that

:08:15.:08:17.

is the kind of attitude and mental fog as they will need to have. The

:08:18.:08:20.

other going to have to go and win all of them. Can they do it? Of

:08:21.:08:25.

course they can. I just hope the odd point or two that slept during the

:08:26.:08:29.

year doesn't come back to bite them that it has an previous year. The

:08:30.:08:32.

Scarlet looked at the ospreys in their final game and the ospreys

:08:33.:08:36.

hoping for a home semifinal. It is all to play for. We would have to

:08:37.:08:42.

sue much relied on it, it would be nice if some of the other teams

:08:43.:08:47.

knocked each other over and made even more interesting, a little bit

:08:48.:08:51.

more of a buffer. The ball is in their own court, turn up and go for

:08:52.:08:55.

it. The thing they can take from the last couple of weeks is confidence

:08:56.:09:01.

and wake up tomorrow morning, job done, and then back to the office

:09:02.:09:06.

again on Monday. A lot of positives. It looks like Ulster will be in that

:09:07.:09:11.

run in without Marcel Coetzee, the one downside of tonight, he hobbled

:09:12.:09:16.

off injured, not a site that Ulster fans wanted to see. Deadly not. He

:09:17.:09:20.

is the kind of character that if it was Justin Nichol, he would walk

:09:21.:09:24.

off. Those videos would be carrying him the pitch. He is not putting too

:09:25.:09:30.

much weight on that leg. It is very disappointing to see him go off,

:09:31.:09:33.

especially returning from injury only a couple of months ago. I

:09:34.:09:37.

thought he was excellent in the first 15 or 20 minutes on the pitch,

:09:38.:09:41.

it is a real negative tonight and with the loss of Tommy Bowe

:09:42.:09:47.

yesterday, with Ireland and the captain out with a hand injury, you

:09:48.:09:50.

hope there is not too many more injuries that stack up towards the

:09:51.:09:54.

end of the season. Tommy Bowe will go for a scan on his injured ankle

:09:55.:09:58.

on Monday, it may be broken, sustained during that Ireland Wales

:09:59.:10:03.

game. Andrew Trimble is out as well. If Ulster are going to make the top

:10:04.:10:07.

four, people have to do it without three key players. Very much so.

:10:08.:10:12.

Stevie has Reddy said, we need everybody. We need the big on the

:10:13.:10:19.

big days. With those guys out, someone else can jump in and go for

:10:20.:10:24.

it. I think we can hear from Ruan Pienaar very shortly, we are hoping

:10:25.:10:29.

we can. We will reflect on some of the first-half scores, lots to enjoy

:10:30.:10:33.

there as well, five tries in that first half. Everybody was just

:10:34.:10:39.

lining out waiting for the ball to come to them, the run over the

:10:40.:10:44.

chart, it is the ball was passed, pressure, Zebre kept the ball in

:10:45.:10:48.

play. If I was coaching the Zebre team, I would get it off the pitch

:10:49.:10:51.

as quickly as possible but when you've got this man on the ball,

:10:52.:10:56.

Pienaar knows Luke Marshall is on his outside and that is a lovely

:10:57.:11:00.

score. Cue have got to get the ball the pitch. The top players like

:11:01.:11:09.

Pina, in any given contact situation, they know what is

:11:10.:11:12.

happening before it happening. Zebre were just left unaware. It is just

:11:13.:11:20.

world-class. He has got a tonne of gas, a tonne of strength. That was

:11:21.:11:27.

all a job done. A try for Ruan Pienaar and we can hear from him

:11:28.:11:31.

now. Would you like to introduce this man to the Ulster public? This

:11:32.:11:40.

is my little boy, John. It's good the family, and supporters. It is

:11:41.:11:45.

good to have the family supporting me. He is running around in the

:11:46.:11:50.

background, we will keep a close eye on him. Another special ablation for

:11:51.:11:53.

you and a pretty special night. We did some really good stuff that we

:11:54.:11:57.

can be happy with. A lot of those things we've done, still stuff to

:11:58.:12:01.

work on. We can take things from this when. We scored a lot of nice

:12:02.:12:10.

tries. All in all, happy. Does it feel like there is a bit of momentum

:12:11.:12:15.

know that something special is happening? Last week was a

:12:16.:12:18.

disappointing not yet in the bonus point but a good when tonight,

:12:19.:12:23.

looking forward to getting Iain Henderson back and those guys next

:12:24.:12:28.

week. A lot of things are looking good for the next couple of months.

:12:29.:12:32.

Still a lot of things to work on. I am sure we will improve and work

:12:33.:12:40.

harder. Thank you. Some big name players coming back for Ulster over

:12:41.:12:43.

the coming weeks, all to look forward to. It is going to be an

:12:44.:12:47.

exciting run in, there is one young man who enjoyed tonight anyway. Lots

:12:48.:12:51.

more live rugby for you coming up this week. A St Patrick's Day

:12:52.:13:03.

special. Live at the Kingspan Stadium, kicks off at three o'clock.

:13:04.:13:13.

Bruce games also on Facebook live for the very first time. Tonight,

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Ulster have scored the most tries ever, recorded the highest points

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total ever, it was a very record-breaking night. From ask, buy

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buy.

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Ulster take on Italian side Zebre in this rescheduled round nine fixture - postponed due to an unplayable pitch. Ulster, hoping to claim place in the play-offs, will need a result to secure their position in the top four of the Pro 12 table.

Stephen Watson presents coverage from Kingspan Stadium, with match commentary by Jim Neilly.