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Video: Ruan Pienaar wants to fire Ulster into the play-offs

Ulster's Ruan Pienaar exudes calm when he discusses what is required to book a semi-final place — four wins from their last four games, starting against the league leaders tonight.

The 32-year-old South African has been one of the province's finest players of the professional era - and is still the yardstick by which big-money signings such as Charles Piutau and Marcell Coetzee will be judged - but says this season's workload and international commitments are taking their toll.

"It has been a long season," he said. "Heading back to South Africa after last season, straight into a pre-season for the Rugby Championship and the World Cup, and then straight back here after that.

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