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Diack strikes for Ulster

 Feb 16,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Former Stormers number eight Robbie Diack ran in two tries to help Ulster to a comfortable 26-3 victory over Zebre in the Pro12 on Friday.

Diack's brace along with three Ruan Pienaar conversions helped Ulster register their 13th league win from 15 games to keep them seven points ahead of Glasgow.

Ulster were boosted by the return of five Irish squad members and looked to have got Chris Cochrane over in the corner only for the video replay to confirm a foot had got to touch.

But Zebre's line-out ball was plundered by Herring who crossed with Pienaar extending the lead.

However, the visitors applied some pressure and deserved to narrow the deficit through Daniel Halangahu's 33rd minute penalty.

But Ulster scored again before the break after replacement Stuart Olding was pulled up short, the ball moved left for Diack to cross.

With Pienaar missing the extras Ulster were 12-3 at the break, but they picked up the pace on the resumption and the home side had another TMO call go against them when Iain Henderson was determined to have been short of the line.

They did score again three minutes before the hour though when Diack crossed under the posts from Darren Cave's offload after Andrew Trimble had made a great surge.

The bonus point was in their sights and it came in the 72nd minute thanks to a try from Andrew after Ulster attacked right from a scrum. Pienaar kicked the conversion.

Ulster finished with 14 men on the field after Johann Muller left the action with only four minutes left but they conceded no further points.

The scorers:

For Ulster:
Tries: Herring, Diack 2, Andrew
Cons: Pienaar 3
 

For Zebre:
Pens: Halangahu

The teams:

Ulster: 15 Ricky Andrew, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Chris Cochrane, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Robbie Diack, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Iain Henderson, 5 Lewis Stevenson, 4 Johann Muller (capt), 3 Declan Fitzpatrick, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Calum Black, 18 John Afoa, 19 Neil McComb, 20 Mike McComish, 21 Michael Heaney, 22 Stuart Olding, 23 Neil Walsh.

Zebre: 15 Paolo Buso, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Alberto Benettin, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Josh Sole, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Filippo Cristiano, 5 Marco Bortolami (capt), 4 Michael van Vuren, 3 Luca Redolfini, 2 Andrea Manici, 1 Andrea de Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Carlo Festuccia, 17 Carlo Fazzari, 18 Matias Aguero, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Nicola Belardo, 21 Alberto Chiesa, 22 Matteo Pratichetti, 23 David Odiete.

Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Paul Haycock (Ireland), Barry O'Keeffe (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Ferguson (Ireland)

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