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  • Guinness PRO12
  • 4th Oct 2013
  • KO 19:05
  • Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Att: 10,049

RaboDirect PRO12: Ulster beat Ospreys thanks to Jackson's boot

Last updated: 4th October 2013  

Ospreys fly half Dan Biggar c has his attempted drop goal kick knocked down by Ulster hooker Rory Best r

Dan Biggar has his attempted drop-goal knocked down by Ulster hooker Rory Best

Ulster player Dan Tuohy runs through the tackle of Dan Biggar

Ulster's Dan Tuohy runs through the attempted tackle of Dan Biggar

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Ulster ended Ospreys' unbeaten start to the RaboDirect PRO12 season with an 18-12 comeback win at the Liberty Stadium, Paddy Jackson kicking all the visitors' points.

Ospreys led 12-0 early in the second half through four Dan Biggar penalties, but Ulster roared back with Jackson knocking over six unanswered kicks.

Neither side managed to take control of the game in what was a brutal opening quarter, highlighted by David McIlwaine's introduction for Craig Gilroy, who left the field with an injury early on.

Biggar's penalty gave the Ospreys the lead in the 21st minute after number eight Nick Williams was penalised for not rolling away after taking down Tito Tebaldi.

Both sides were defending superbly, with a number of big hits flying in, including Canadian flanker Tyler Ardron's thumping tackle on Paul Marshall.

Joe Bearman and Ashley Beck both made line-splitting breaks but the defences remained on top for both sides.

With the final play of the first-half, Dan Tuohy was harshly adjudged to have elbowed Ospreys captain Alun Wyn Jones, and Biggar stepped up to give the hosts a six-point lead at the break.

After a well controlled defensive effort in the first half, Ulster gifted the Ospreys two penalties in the first four minutes of the second half after being penalised for being offside and not rolling away.

As ever, Biggar relished the opportunities and slotted both kicks between the posts to put the home side 12 points in front.

Ulster finally registered some points on the scoreboard as fly-half Jackson kicked a long-range penalty after Lions star Adam Jones was penalised as the scrum.

Ospreys captain Alun Wyn Jones was then flagged up by referee Peter Fitzgibbon for being offside and Jackson kicked his second penalty to reduce Ulster's deficit to six points.

Kicking duel

The Irish international had been embroiled in a kicking duel with his opposite number all night and he slotted home a third penalty after 57 minutes.

Mark Anscombe's side were bossing the game with 20 minutes to go but the Ospreys defended resolutely through a number of phases with the game hanging on a knife-edge.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Jackson levelled the scores as lock Ian Evans, on his 29th birthday, conceded a penalty inside his own 22.

The turnaround was completed with only seven minutes remaining as Jackson launched a thunderous penalty through the posts from only inches inside the Ospreys half.

With the visitors' tails well and truly up, Jackson kicked a sixth penalty after Aaron Jarvis was sin-binned minutes from time to complete a stunning comeback.

Ospreys were camped on Ulster's try-line for the final minutes of the match but a knock-on at the death confirmed the win for the Irish side.

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