Northampton 6 - 25 Ulster

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens

Date: 07/12/2012 KO: 20:00 Att: 13,475

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesLamb (20, 40)



TriesTrimble (9) Bowe (33) Payne (44) Tuohy (78)ConversionsJackson (44)PenaltiesJackson (23)

FT (ht: 6-13)

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  • Northampton 6 Ulster 25

  • TRY, ULSTER, TUOHY! 6-25. Dan Tuohy clinches his side's bonus-point when he runs onto a long pass from Jared Payne and crashes over in the right-hand corner! Jackson misses the conversion but that doesn't matter as the match is now over.This was an outstanding effort from the visitors and stretches their unbeaten run to 13 matches! They certainly deserve their win as they dominated from start to finish. Northampton will have to go back to the drawing board as they seldom threatened to breach Ulster's defence.

  • Saints commit another needless foul at a ruck and Jackson puts the visitors on the attack with a kick which sails into touch inside the hosts' 22.

  • Northampton's backs try to launch an attack but it all comes to nothing when they are called back for a forward pass from Foden to Ken Pisi.

  • YELLOW CARD, ULSTER, HENDERSON. Iain Henderson receives his marching orders for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.

  • Northampton are camped just outside Ulster's 22 but cannot breach the visitors' try-line. The Ulster defence is well organised and just absorbing the pressure.

  • The Saints are hammering away at Ulster's try-line. Jamie Elliott is over the try-line but is held up by Ruan Pienaar.

  • Courtney Laws tries to breach the Ulster defence but makes little ground and is held up in the tackle.

  • Samu Manoa takes the ball into contact but is met by a wall of Ulster defenders.

  • Trimble tries to put Chris Henry into the clear but although the flanker runs a brilliant angle, the pass is forward.

  • Trimble sets off on a run down the touchline just outside Saints' 22. He kicks ahead and gives chase but knocks on.

  • The Saints are trying desperately to get back into this game but they make little headway. The ball goes out to George Pisi who is knocked backwards by a big hit from Darren Cave!

  • Pienaar launches an up-and-under which Foden gathers. As he comes down to earth, he takes a big hit from Bowe.

  • Ken Pisi pounces on a loose ball inside Ulster's half and sets off towards the try-line! Ruan Pienaar makes a great covering tackle which forces the ball from Pisi's hands.

  • Lamb kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside Ulster's 22 after Rory Best goes offside at a ruck.

  • Ulster's pack have just annihilated their counterparts at a scrum! Calum Clark is forced to break off from the set-piece and is penalised for his efforts. Jackson takes a shot at goal from just inside his half but once again he has the distance but not the direction.

  • CONVERSION, ULSTER, JACKSON! 6-20. Jackson adds the extras to extend his side's lead.

  • TRY, ULSTER, PAYNE! 6-18. Jared Payne takes a pass from Trimble before selling a dummy to Foden before touching down!

  • Jackson overcooks a kick for touch and the ball goes over Northampton's try-line. The Saints can put the ball into the scrum just inside their half.

  • Paddy Jackson gets the second half started. His kick is taken by Courtney Lawes who immediately sets up a ruck.


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