OSPREYS 12 ULSTER 18
A magnificent place kicking display from Paddy Jackson saw Ulster come from 12-0 down to win this fixture in Swansea last night.
In a first half dominated by referee Peter Fitzgibbon’s whistle, neither side could put much in the way of constructive play together.
Ospreys outhalf, Dan Biggar, kicked two penalties to give the Welsh side, unbeaten in 10 games at home and sitting second in the table going into the match.
Ulster’s first real scoring chance came after Biggar had made it 12-0 with two more penalties earliy in the second half, and Jackson made no mistake to open the account.
He then rattled over two more penalties in quick succession to bring the visitors within three points.
Ulster dominated the second half and on 64 minutes Jackson levelled matters with his fourth straight kick.
Eight minutes from the end Jackson nailed a long range kick to put the Irish Province into the lead for the first time.
His sixth effort, another long range kick, made it 18-12 with three minutes to go.
Both sides went down to 14 men, Jarvais and Olding sin-binned for not rolling away, and it was the Ospreys who pressed the Ulster line for a winning try.
It was nailbiting stuff, but first a knock-on by Ospreys gave Ulster a scrum and then a penalty enabled Ulster to kick the ball dead and make it three straight wins in the PRO12.