Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Rugby Ulster

Pienaar set to start for Ulster

Published 21/02/2014

Rabo Pro12, Ulster v Ospreys at Ravenhill.
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar
Rabo Pro12, Ulster v Ospreys at Ravenhill. Ulster's Ruan Pienaar

Ruan Pienaar will start at outhalf for Ulster against Benetton Treviso on Sunday, (Stadio Monigo, kick off 14:00 UK and Ireland), as Mark Anscombe’s players aim to make it five wins out of five in 2014.

Pienaar is partnered in the halfbacks by Paul Marshall, who makes his first Ulster start since December.


Darren Cave, switches from inside-centre back to his more familiar role at outside-centre, with Jared Payne, Craig Gilroy and Luke Marshall, who all scored tries in the Heineken Cup Pool 5 match against Treviso at Stadio Monigo in December, also named in the backline.


Up front, Ricky Lutton starts at tighthead, with Rob Herring named at hooker and Tom Court selected at loosehead.


Johann Muller captains the side from the second row where he is joined by Lewis Stevenson, who has recovered from the neck injury that he sustained against Ospreys.


Robbie Diack, Sean Doyle and Roger Wilson are all named in the backrow, with Wilson set to make his 147th appearance for his Province.


John Afoa has returned to New Zealand due to a family bereavement.


Nick Williams was unavailable for selection.


The game is live on the BBC Sport NI website and BBC Red Button.


Ulster XV and replacements to face Benetton Treviso, RaboDirect PRO12, Stadio Monigo, Sunday 23rd February (kick off 15:00 local) (15-9): J Payne, C Gilroy, D Cave, L Marshall, M Allen, R Pienaar, P Marshall; (1-8): T Court, R Herring, R Lutton, J Muller (Captain), L Stevenson, R Diack, S Doyle, R Wilson; Replacements (16-23): N Annett, C Black, A Macklin, N McComb, M McComish, M Heaney, R Andrew, R Scholes.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

Widget page
Widget page

From Belfast Telegraph