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Ulster v Northampton - Live
Full-time Ulster 9-10 Northampton
80 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.
79 One last attack from Ulster with a minute and a half remaining. Knocked forward however and Northampton have the scrum.
78 Bowe departs to generous applause from the home crowd. Pienaar lines up the shot at goal... it's wide! Northampton cling on.
77 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.
77 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.
76 A crucial steal at the lineout gives Northampton possession deep in Ulster territory, but the ball is stuck and Ulster win the scrum.
74 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.
72 A scrappy lineout from Northampton hands Ulster another scrum, the hosts running out of time to take back the lead.
69 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.
66 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.
64 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.
63 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.
60 Both sides making persistent errors in attack resulting in multiple changes of possession - Northampton settling things down with a 22 dropout.
56 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.
54 Brian Mujati comes on for Northampton, but Ulster win the penalty at the scrum.
51 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.
49 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.
47 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.
45 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.
43 Manoa steals the ball on the restart and Jamie Elliott comes close down the left wing, but loses the ball forward. Ulster's clearance kick is far from perfect and Northampton have the lineout in Ulster's half.
42 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON! 9-10. Ulster instantly on the attack through Payne, before switching the play down the left through Bowe. Courtney Lawes commits an offence and Jackson lines up a shot at goal. Over it goes.
40 Paddy Jacksons starts off the second half, Ulster trailing by four points.
Half-time Ulster 6-10 Northampton
40 Foden collects a high kick and Northampton win a scrum with time ticking away. Once again the pass goes loose and that's half-time. Northampton should be delighted with their opening 20 minutes but Ulster are edging their way back in.
36 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON! 6-10. A grubber kick from Payne causes confusion in the Northampton defence, with George Pisi penalised for holding on. Jackson steps up and makes no mistake.
33 Penalty to Ulster from the scrum, Paul Doran-Jones penalised. Jackson though is unable to convert, so a dropout to Northampton.
32 Williams is everywhere, the big man making another important break into Northampton territory. Ball comes wide left but Payne can't hold the pass, scrum to Northampton.
30 PENALTY, ULSTER, JACKSON! 3-10. Ulster coming from deep, Clark penalised for going off his feet. Lineout on the Northampton 22 and the Ulster maul wins a penalty. Chance for Paddy Jackson, who converts.
26 Ulster lineout on half-way, but Best takes too long and Northampton have the free kick. High ball from Myler is gathered by Jared Payne. Nick Williams intercepts a stray Northampton pass and Ulster reach the Saints 22, but the visitors turn the ball over.
24 Ulster scrum and Wallace makes metres, crossing the 22. But another knock on stops Ulster short, Northampton's physicality too much for the hosts right now.
21 Ulster on the attack through Nick Williams, Darren Cave offloading to Best in the tackle. Into the Saints 22, Paddy Wallace looks up and spills the pass, scrum to Northampton.
18 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, VAN VELZE! 0-10. High kick works for Northampton as they regain possession outside the Ulster 22. Tonga'uiha to Ken Pisi who feeds Van Velze, who scores! The visitors stretching the lead.
16 Wide pass from Myler releases Haywood for charges up the left-hand side, Northampton metres from the try line. After plenty of phases however, Ulster win the penalty to clear their lines.
14 Northampton with the early edge at the scrum, Soane Tonga'uiha getting on top of John Afoa and winning a penalty.
11 Scrum on the right for Ulster and Bowe blasts through on the switch. Knocked on by Trimble near the try line, scrum to Northampton.
10 Northampton turn the ball over after Ulster knock-on, scrum to the Saints by the far touchline. Frenetic start from both sides.
7 Dickson clears from the re-start up to the Northampton 10 metre line. Ulster go backwards from the lineout, Paddy Jackson's high kick taken by Ben Foden. Turnover by Chris Henry, nearly an interception by Manoa but Ulster go wide through Darren Cave.
6 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 0-3. Overthrow from Rory Best and Phil Dowson pounces, Northampton metres out. Paddy Wallace penalised for offside and Myler will go for the points. The visitors take the lead, Ulster yet to get to their hands on the ball.
3 Couple of mauls from Ulster early on, but the second is turned over by Northampton in great field position. Quick hands but the ball goes into touch after some speculative passing.
1 Northampton on the attack early on, making ground but a loose pass sends them away from the 22. Myler's chip goes out deep in the Ulster 22, lots of energy from the visitors.
Kick-off Stephen Myler gets us underway at Ravenhill. Game on!
Weather Clear skies on a cold night in Belfast - crisp conditions that should not hinder any skill levels.
Team News Northampton make six changes after their heavy loss to Ulster last Friday, with Tom May, Lee Dickson, Stephen Myler, Mikey Haywood, Calum Clark and captain Phil Dowson all starting.
Team News Ulster replace injured captain Johann Muller with Iain Henderson moving into the engine room, Nick Williams coming into the back row.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Ravenhill for the Heineken Cup clash between unbeaten Ulster and 2011 finalists Northampton Saints.
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