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RaboDirect Pro12: Munster head coach Rob Penney admits Ruan Pienaar was too good in Ulster's 29-19 win on Friday night
Rob Penney believes Ruan Pienaar was the difference after the RaboDirect PRO12 leaders were downed by provincial rivals Ulster.
Springbok half-back Pienaar kicked 19 points while Jared Payne and Darren Cave also crossed for tries as last year’s RaboDirect PRO12 runners-up triumphed 29-19.
(Ruan) Pienaar kicked everything, that was the difference
Ulster raced into a 20-5 lead by virtue of their two tries but Munster fought back thanks to a score just before half-time by Ivan Dineen and subsequent efforts from Dave Kilcoyne and James Coughlan.
Indeed Munster worked their way back to 23-19 before two late Pienaar penalties denied them a bonus point and condemned them to only a second RaboDirect PRO12 defeat this season.
Munster did have their chances however, missing their fair share of kicks at goal while in contrast Pienaar was imperious from the tee, and Penney believes that was where the game was won and lost.
“This team have a great deal of fortitude, they were up against an Ulster side who have a great deal of quality,” Penney told the Irish Independent.
“We probably left 12 or 15 points out there through our kicking, but it was a great effort. (Ruan) Pienaar kicked everything, that was the difference.
“I’m really disappointed, the lads did a great job. To work our way back to four points down, having not kicked many goals, and giving ourselves an opportunity to score another one was disappointing, but I’m also really pleased with how the guys responded to the pressures.”◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
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