Match Report: Ulster 19-18 Exeter Chiefs

Match Report: Ulster 19-18 Exeter Chiefs – Paddy Jackson boots Ulster to victory

  • Ulster edged to 19-18 win against Exeter in the European Champions Cup on Saturday evening
  • Sean Reidy’s try combined with the boot of Paddy Jackson gave the Irish province a 10-6 lead at the break
  • Two penalties and a drop-goal from Jackson after the restart secured the narrow victory for Ulster
Ulster picked up their first win of their Champions Cup pool campaign in dramatic fashion as a late drop-goal saw them beat Exeter on Saturday evening.

It was a dramatic finish as former Ulster Academy out-half Gareth Steenson put Exeter in front three minutes from the end with a drop goal, only for Ulster’s Paddy Jackson to split the posts with a drop goal of his own a minute later.

Steenson had a chance at the death with a drop goal attempt from almost halfway, but it drifted centimetres wide.

Man-of-the-match Charles Piutau set up Sean Reidy for the only try of the game with a moment of genius which helped Ulster to a 10-6 lead at half-time.

The Chiefs trailed 16-15 when Gareth Steenson kicked a drop goal in the 77th minute to nudge his side into the lead.

Jackson replied a minute before Steenson missed with another attempt.


Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble (c), 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Iain Henderson, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Pete Browne, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Rory Best, 1 Kyle McCall
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Ross Kane, 19 Alan O’Connor, 20 Clive Ross, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Craig Gilroy, 23 Tommy Bowe
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Henry Slade, 11 James Short, 10 Gareth Steenson (c), 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Kai Horstmann, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Yeandle, 1 Moray Low
Replacements: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Dave Dennis, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Sam Hill, 23 Ollie Devoto


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