Ulster’s Ruan Piennar shrugs off injury worry

Ulster's ''Ruan Pienaar
Ulster's ''Ruan Pienaar

There were no further concerns over an injury scare to Ruan Piennar in the Ulster camp this week as they prepare for a crunch Guinness PRO12 clash against Munster in Belfast on Saturday afternoon.

Pienaar arrived at Friday night’s Heineken Ulster Rugby awards in a moonboot sparking fears he could miss the inter-pro clash at The Kingspan Stadium - a game which is crucial to both sides in their quest to secure a home tie in the play-offs.

On Tuesday Ulster head coach, Neil Doak, confimed that Pienaar had trained as normal on Tuesday and the boot had been fitted last week as a ‘precaution’.

Doak explained: “Ruan was doing some speed work last week and took a wobble in the gym. That was why he was in the boot.

“We gave him a couple of extra days out to let it settle, but he ran today (Tuesday) so the signs were good.”

Darren Cave also arrived at the awards night with several stitches to a head wound picked up in training, but he was in good form at yesterday’s media session and had shown no ill effects of that or the shoulder stinger he had picked up against Leinster.

Doak said: “He has trained fully and there are no issues for him.”

The head coach added: “We have not made any decisions on selection for the team this weekend yet as I want they guys to train a little harder!”