Updated: Saturday, 05 Apr 2014 20:46 | Comments
Fourteen-man Ulster fought bravely following Jared Payne’s early sending off but were eventually edged out 17-15 by Saracens in their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash at Ravenhill.
Payne saw red after just four minutes for a high tackle in the air on Alex Goode.
Ulster responded admirably to being a man down and went in 9-5 up at half-time.
Ulster were further handicapped by the withdrawals of hooker Rory Best in the first half and talismanic scrum-half Ruan Piennaar in the second period.
The normally clinical Owen Farrell missed a number of penalties for Saracens and the English outfit had to rely on second-half tries from Chris Ashton and Mouritz Botha to outscore Mark Anscombe’s side and seal a semi-final spot against Clermont Auvergne.
More to follow.