Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Muller revels in Ulster show

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Ulster captain Johann Muller hailed his side after they moved to the verge of the Heineken Cup quarter-finals with a 41-7 mauling of Leicester at Ravenhill.

Leicester were undone by two first-half tries from Ireland international wing Andrew Trimble, while Ulster's South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar put the boot in with five penalties and three conversions for a 21-point haul before wing Craig Gilroy and replacement Paul Marshall added late tries.

The victory saw Ulster move seven points above Leicester ahead of next weekend's probable Pool 4 decider against French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne. South African skipper Muller said: "That was definitely one of our best performances in terms of taking our chances and the passion we showed."

He added: "Ravenhill is always a good place for us to play, and the atmosphere tonight was outstanding. The boys delivered a great performance.

"We said at half-time that the bonus point was on, and it was about being patient. We knew it might take 81 or 82 minutes, and the boys never stopped.

"But it doesn't mean anything unless we get some points in Clermont. We have to make sure we do what we have to do."

And Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin added: "We have a pack of forwards that is starting to be the envy of any team in Europe. The scrummaging and work around the pitch tonight was superb."

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