Ruan Pienaar’s boot secured another win for Ulster in the Magners League, this time in a 25-23 victory against Newport Gwent Dragons at Ravenhill over the weekend.
Ulster trailed by two points with a minute left on the clock after Dragons flyhalf John Tovey slotted what seemed to be the winning three-pointer in an exciting clash. However, scrumhalf Pienaar’s drop goal was the one that stole the headlines as he kicked the deciding score for the last action of the game.
No 8 Robbie Diack and lock Johann Muller also started for the Belfast-based club while flanker Pedrie Wannenburg featured off the bench in the second stanza. The win keeps Ulster’s play-off ambitions alive as they jump into fourth place on the log with five rounds remaining.
This is one of several match-winning cameos Pienaar has produced for Ulster this season. Although he has featured at pivot occasionally when needed, the former Sharks and Springbok utility back has displayed great form in the No 9 jumper.