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Northampton v Ulster - Live
full-time Northampton 6 Ulster 25
79 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.
77 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.
74 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.
72 YELLOW CARD, ULSTER, HENDERSON. Iain Henderson receives his marching orders for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
70 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.
67 The Saints are hammering away at Ulster's try-line. Jamie Elliott is over the try-line but is held up by Ruan Pienaar.
65 Courtney Laws tries to breach the Ulster defence but makes little ground and is held up in the tackle.
63 Samu Manoa takes the ball into contact but is met by a wall of Ulster defenders.
61 Trimble tries to put Chris Henry into the clear but although the flanker runs a brilliant angle, the pass is forward.
59 Trimble sets off on a run down the touchline just outside Saints' 22. He kicks ahead and gives chase but knocks on.
57 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!
55 Pienaar launches an up-and-under which Foden gathers. As he comes down to earth, he takes a big hit from Bowe.
53 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.
51 Lamb kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside Ulster's 22 after Rory Best goes offside at a ruck.
49 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.
46 CONVERSION, ULSTER, JACKSON! 6-20. Jackson adds the extras to extend his side's lead.
45 TRY, ULSTER, PAYNE! 6-18. Jared Payne takes a pass from Trimble before selling a dummy to Foden before touching down!
42 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.
40 Paddy Jackson gets the second half started. His kick is taken by Courtney Lawes who immediately sets up a ruck.
Half-time Northampton 6 Ulster 13
40 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 6-13. Lamb adds an easy three-pointer after Court is penalised for a ruck infringement. The referee blows his whistle, soon after the kick, to bring proceedings to a close for the half. Ulster have dominated in most facets of play and deserve their lead. Lamb has already missed three kicks which would have put his side in the lead and if the Saints want to win this clash they must make better use of such chances after the break.
39 Tom Court is pinned for a scrum infringement and the Saints kick for touch. They try to launch a drive from the ensuing line-out but Ulster's defence are well organised and keep them in check.
37 Pienaar launches a bomb inside his 22 and Trimble gives chase. Ken Pisi gathers and passes to Foden who sets up a ruck despite great pressure from the Ulster chasers.
34 TRY, ULSTER, BOWE! 3-13. Bowe rounds off in the right-hand corner after running onto a perfectly-time pass from Paddy Wallace!
32 Tommy Bowe gives chase to a kick from Payne down the touchline. He manages to regather but has little space to move and loses the ball when trying to keep it in play.
29 Jackson fumbles the ball in front of his try-line! He carries it over under great pressure from Foden and is forced to dot down! Northampton fail to capitalise on this erro at the ensuing scrum as Ulster puts huge pressure on them at the set-piece.
27 Lamb gets a chance to reduce the deficit after Paddy Wallace is penalised for a shoulder charge on Ken Pisi. But once again the Saints pivot's effort is wide of the uprights!
24 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON! 3-8. Jackson regains the five-point lead for the visitors after the Saints infringe at a ruck.
21 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 3-5. Ryan Lamb gets the hosts' first points from the kicking tee after Ulster are pinned for an infringement at a ruck.
18 Trimble sets off on a run and wins valuable ground. He offloads to Payne but the referee calls them back for a forward pass.
16 Ulster win some ground after Darren Cave takes the ball into contact. Once again Northampton's discipline on defence deserts them as they are pinned for being offside. Jackson takes a shot at goal from close to the halfway mark but although his effort is long enough it lacks direction.
13 Northampton get an opportunity to reduce Ulster's lead after Johann Muller is penalised for entering a maul illegally. Lamb steps up to take the place kick but once again his effort is wide of the posts!
10 TRY, ULSTER, TRIMBLE! 0-5. Ulster get the first points of the match when Andrew Trimble beats Ken Pisi to the ball behind Northampton's try-line after Paddy Jackson puts through a chip kick!
8 Northampton are penalsied for being offside inside their own half. Pienaar takes a tap penalty and advances into the hosts' 22. He offloads to Jared Payne who loses possession after taking a big hit.
5 Lamb tries to kick for position but his kick is charged down by Pienaar! Luckily for Saints Ben Foden is first to react and he gathers the loose ball.
4 Lamb takes a shot at goal after Ulster infringe at a ruck but his effort is off target and the visitors gain a reprieve.
2 The teams pack down for the first scrum. It's Ulster's put-in but the Saints are soon awarded a tap penalty when the visitors are pinned for an early shove.
Kick-off Ryan Lamb gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Paddy Wallace who sets up a ruck inside his 22. The ball comes out to Ruan Piennar who hoofs it into touch.
Team News Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has made eight changes and one positional switch to his starting XV. Ruan Pienaar, Paddy Wallace and Jared Payne have been included at scrum-half, inside centre and full-back respectively. Tommy Bowe starts on the right wing for his 50th Heineken Cup appearance. That means Andrew Trimble switches to the left at the expense of new Ireland cap Craig Gilroy. Up front, Ireland internationals Rory Best and Tom Court replace Rob Herring and Callum Black in the front-row alongside John Afoa, while captain Johann Muller is joined in the second row by regular partner Dan Tuohy.
Team News Saints boss Jim Mallinder has made two changes to his starting XV with Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes returning from England duty and replacing Phil Dowson and Mark Sorenson respectively.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Franklin's Gardens in Northampton for this Heineken Cup Pool 4 encounter between our hosts, Northampton Saints, and Ulster. We'll be back soon with team news!
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|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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