Pienaar enjoying the final ride

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:01
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NEWS: Springbok Ruan Pienaar showed his true value to Irish province Ulster, helping them to a season-opening 29-8 Pro12 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

The scrumhalf, who last week was told he would not be able to renew his contract at the Kingspan Stadium after seven seasons at the outfit, is determined to leave a lasting impression in Belfast.

Pienaar admitted that it was a tough emotional week for him.

The 32-year-old received an emotional reception before Ulster's Pro12 opener.

Pienaar wanted to extend his seven-season stay at the Irish province.

"Emotionally, it's been a tough week for me and my family," Pienaar told pro12rugby.com.

"However, it was good to go out there and put in a performance and get the win.

"It was very special to get a reception like I have. I have been here for so long, I feel like part of the furniture, I love this province and it means so much to me.

"I felt very emotional, but it wasn't about me, all I was concentrating on was this game, the team and the next ten months. It's about putting in performances for the rest of the time that I wear this jersey.

"The last six seasons at this province has been very special and that's why I am so desperate to make this campaign the best yet.

"It would be massive to finish this season with silverware, it would be massive for me and for the team – and that's very much the aim.

"Hopefully, we can build on this performance and this result, keep improving and have something to show for our efforts at the end of the season."

Source: @PRO12rugby

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Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
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Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
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Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Team P W D L Pts
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Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
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Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4