Ulster kick off Heineken Cup with Leicester victory

Ulster kicked off their Heineken Cup with a 22-16 Pool 5 victory over Leicester Tigers ar Ravenhill on Friday night.

Leicester Tigers replacement Owen Williams kicked a late penalty for the visitors to earn them a losing bonus point.

Leicester scored the opening try of the match but let Ulster take the lead by half time and although they were still in the match in the final quarter the hosts scored 9 points while Jordan Crane was in the sin-bin.

Fly-half Paddy Jackson hit five penalties and a conversion for a personal tally
of 17 points .

“There was no panic at half-time even though we’d made a lot of errors,”
Ulster flanker and man-of-the match Roger Wilson told Sky Sports.

“And all credit to Leicester, they got their bonus point at the end.”

Leicester’s Logovi’i Mulipola was the recipient of a fantastic Daniel Bowden
pass after an earlier Toby Flood break, and the Samoan prop crashed over for
the opening try after seven minutes at Ravenhill.

In a hard-hitting opening quarter, Ulster came firing back, winger Tommy Bowe
outleaping Leicester full-back Niall Morris to get on the end of a perfect Jackson
cross-kick.

Flood banged over a 20th minute penalty to reinstall the visitors’ lead, only
for Jackson to reply in kind 10 minutes later.

After a Tigers infringement following a sharp break by scrum-half Paul Marshall,
Jackson kicked a second penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Flood levelled the scored four minutes into the second period with his second
penalty after Jackson strayed offside.

Jackson then missed a straightforward pot at goal, but calmed home nerves with
one in the 59th minute to take Ulster out to 16-13.

With handling errors to the fore in a match featuring some very accurate out-of-hand
kicking, Jackson added two more penalties as firstly an under-pressure Tigers
pack missing yellow-carded Jordan Crane popped up and then prop Dan Coles was
ruled offside with Ulster threatening.

Replacement Owen Williams missed a drop-goal but nailed a penalty with three
minutes remaining that gifted Leicester an invaluable bonus point in a pool
that also includes in-form French club Montpellier and Italians Treviso.

“It means a lot to take the bonus point,” said Flood.

“We have to make sure we recover from this and bounce back next week.”

Ulster prop Roger Wilson was named Heineken Cup man of the match.

Final Score Ulster 22 (13) Leicester Tigers 16 (10)

Scorers

Ulster
Tries – Bowe
Pen – Jackson 5
Con – Jackson
Drop –

Leicester Tigers
Tries – Mulipola
Pen – Flood 2, Williams
Con – Flood
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Romain Poite (France),
Assistant ref: Christophe Berdos (France),
Assistant ref: Stephane Boyer (France),
TMO: Bernard Dal Maso (France),
Citing Commissioner: Ray Wilton (Wales)

Teams

Ulster Rugby: Jared Payne; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe; Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller (c), Dan Tuohy, Roger Wilson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Iain Henderson, Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar, Stuart Olding, Michael Allen

Leicester Tigers: Niall Morris; Miles Benjamin, Vereniki Goneva, Dan Bowden, Adam Thompstone; Toby Flood (c), Ben Youngs; Logovii Mulipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Louis Deacon, Geoff Parling, Ed Slater, Julian Salvi, Jordan Crane

Replacements: Neil Briggs, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Graham Kitchener, Thomas Waldrom, David Mele, Owen Williams, Terrence Hep

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