Apr 5, 2014 at 6.30pm UK
UlsterUlster
15-17
Saracens
 
FT
Ashton (23', 68'), Botha (50')

Result: Saracens into Heineken Cup semi-finals

Saracens have defeated 14-man Ulster 17-15 to advance through to the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup.

Saracens have defeated Ulster 17-15 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup.

Chris Ashton of Saracens dives over to score a try during the Heineken Cup Quarter-Final match between Ulster and Saracens at Ravenhill on April 5, 2014© Getty Images

Ulster were dealt an early blow when Jared Payne was dismissed after just five minutes, but Ruan Pienaar kept hopes alive when he opened the scoring with a penalty shortly after.

Chris Ashton crossed the line for the game's first try on 23 minutes, although the resulting conversion was missed, keeping the scoreline tight in the opening quarter of the contest.

Pienaar kicked over two more pens to ensure the Irish side took a lead into the interval, but Mouritz Botha's try 10 minutes into the second half put the Aviva Premiership's top-placed side in front.

It looked as though the game was as good as over when Ashton added his second try of the night, leaving Owen Farrell to kick over for the extras, but Ulster regained some hope moments later.

First, Paddy Jackson kicked between the sticks to pull his side back into the quarter-final tie, before adding another to bring the scoreline to 17-15 with seven minutes remaining.

Mark Anscombe's charges were unable to find any more points in the closing stages, however, and Sarries held out to book their place in the next round.

Saracens' Chris Ashton scores a try against Harlequins during the Aviva Premiership match on March 22, 2014
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