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Fri Apr 18 17:42:16 SAST 2014

Wannenburg chasing European dream

TEAMtalk Media | 30 April, 2012 11:150 Comments
Ulster v Edinburgh - Heineken Cup Semi Final
Pedrie Wannenburg and Ruan Pienaar of Ulster celebrate after winning the Heineken Cup semifinal between Ulster and Edinburgh at Aviva Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland
Image by: Warren Little / Getty Images

Pedrie Wannenburg is aiming to fulfil his dream of winning a Heineken Cup final in his last game for Ulster before moving to France.

Ulster face Leinster in the final at Twickenham on May 19 and the Springbok loose forward is desperate to add European honours to the three Super Rugby titles and five Currie Cups he won with the Bulls in South Africa.

"I am chasing one of my dreams, this is one of my dreams, to win a Heineken Cup final," said Wannenburg.

"I was fortunate to win a couple of Currie Cups and a couple of Super 14s and this is for sure up there in my career.

"I am really looking forward to the final. It's an amazing feeling for us.

"Guys have waited 13 years for this opportunity and we are the lucky ones who are going to the final."

In his 11th season with the province, Paddy Wallace knows better than most the desire for Ulster to claim a second European title.

"This is my greatest moment in an Ulster shirt," Wallace said.

"I have got a Heineken Cup final to look forward to now. It doesn't get much better than that.

"We have always had a lot of belief. We are aware of what we are capable of. Finally, we are starting to show that on the pitch."

Wannenburg is convinced that Ulster can improve on their semi-final performance, now that the pressure of reaching that second final is off their shoulders.

"The semi-final is probably the worst game you can ever play," said Wannenburg.

"The pressure was on us to make a final. They were underdogs coming into it. We knew it would be a tough game.

"In a final, any team can win. We are there now. We can go and play. We will be much better than we were [on Saturday]."

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