Ulster 9 - 10 Northampton

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Ravenhill, Belfast

Date: 15/12/2012 KO: 18:00 Att: 10,997

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesJackson (31, 39, 43)



Triesvan Velze (18)ConversionsMyler (19)PenaltiesMyler (7)

FT (ht: 6-10)


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  • Ulster 9-10 Northampton

  • Northampton's pack grind out the penalty with forty seconds left. Myler finds touch in Ulster's half and Saints secure the ball, moving the maul forward... Myler finds touch and Northampton win at Ravenhill! A huge response from last week's loss at home. A gritty thrillier in Belfast.

  • One last attack from Ulster with a minute and a half remaining. Knocked forward however and Northampton have the scrum.

  • Bowe departs to generous applause from the home crowd. Pienaar lines up the shot at goal... it's wide! Northampton cling on.

  • Play stopped for Bowe's injury; happened in the tackle with Jamie Elliott. Looks in some pain, instant concerns over his availability for Ireland and the Lions.

  • Ulster break again through Bowe, but he is unable to recycle cleanly and Ulster have a penalty! Calls for a forward pass from Marshall but waved on. Wide on the right around 40 metres out, Pienaar has a chance to give Ulster the lead with three minutes left... stretcher is on for Bowe.

  • A crucial steal at the lineout gives Northampton possession deep in Ulster territory, but the ball is stuck and Ulster win the scrum.

  • Roger Wilson knocks on against his old team to hand Northampton first a scrum and then crucial field position following Myler's kick to touch in Ulster's 22.

  • A scrappy lineout from Northampton hands Ulster another scrum, the hosts running out of time to take back the lead.

  • More power from Northampton's scrum hands them a penalty. Saints attack down the right through Dowson before Myler drops back for the drop goal. It's charged down and Luke Marshall sprints away before being turned over for a Northampton penalty.

  • Pienaar finds touch with an excellent kick but Northampton secure the lineout. Gilroy's pass looks forward but play continues, Ulster building the phases before Williams inexplicably knocks on.

  • No try - scrum to Ulster five metres out. Reset, but Northampton power through and win the penalty, hanging on in front of their try line.

  • Bowe makes a half break down the right wing, but his offload is scooped up by Elliott. Ulster have the lineout five metres out and use their forwards, driving for the line. Time is stopped... Nick Williams not certain if he's scored.

  • Both sides making persistent errors in attack resulting in multiple changes of possession - Northampton settling things down with a 22 dropout.

  • Trimble gathers a Dickson box kick and sets off, but play is stopped after the touch judge raises his flag. Clark is penalised for a high tackle but avoids the bin. Craig Gilroy on for Trimble.

  • Brian Mujati comes on for Northampton, but Ulster win the penalty at the scrum.

  • Free kick to Northampton from the scrum, who opt to pack down again. May bursts through in midfield but Myler's wide kick goes straight into touch. Ulster clear their lines.

  • Penalty to Northampton, Nick Williams the offender and Saints kick for the corner. Wide ball to Foden who is wrapped up, before Saints attack down the right. A kick through from Myler is hunted by Tom May but the centre is unable to control the ball which bounces into touch near the try line.

  • Northampton's driving maul creaks towards the try line, but loose ball at the base is snapped up bu Ulster with Pienaar clearing deep. Foden glides through defenders to put Northampton on the attack once more - Pisi grubbers through and it works out as Manoa charges for the line, however Ulster win the penalty.

  • Crash ball from George Pisi gives Saints momentum, before Myler chips towards the corner and Bowe is forced to kick to touch deep in his own 22.


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