Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Ulster beat Biarritz 9-6 in a low scoring Heineken Cup pool 4 game at Ravenhill on Saturday. In a tight game of few standout highlights, this big charge from Dan Tuohy was much requested.
Ian Humphreys was hero of the day as he kicked three second half penalties to take Ulster to victory after theyd been 6-0 down at halftime. His final kick was similar to his first, from over 50 out, and was slotted with little time remaining on the clock.
Hes since said he didnt actually realise how little time was left, which perhaps explains his coolness under pressure. He has said though that the extra kicking training he and halfback partner Ruan Pienaar have put in paid huge dividends.
"To be honest I probably didnt realise. I thought there was a bit more time left. Fortunately for me I got it up in the air and the wind did the rest," said Humphreys.
"As I said to Ruan, thats what were doing out there every day after everybodys gone home. You just bring it back to that; its what we do on the training pitch, as if were having a wee competition against one another and just trying to knock it over," he added.
As for Tuohy, he was a stand out player on the day, carrying well, effective at lineout time, and sticking his hand up for Ireland selection come next months Six Nations.
His charge over Marcelo Bosch left the Argentine center out cold on the floor, and despite attempting to shrug it off, the brunt of Tuohys knee meant that his day was over.
Ulster plays Aironi in a crucial game on Saturday, that if they win, will guarantee them their first appearance in the knockout stages in Europe since 1999.
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