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Ospreys 12 - 18 Ulster: Paddy Jackson secures Ulstermen a win in Swansea

Six kicks from Ulster's Paddy Jackson seals Ulster win

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04:  Ulster player Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match between Ospreys and Ulster at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2013 in Swansea, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04: Ulster player Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match between Ospreys and Ulster at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2013 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04:  Ulster player Dan Tuohy runs through the tackle of Dan Biggar of the Ospreys during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match between Ospreys and Ulster at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2013 in Swansea, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04: Ulster player Dan Tuohy runs through the tackle of Dan Biggar of the Ospreys during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match between Ospreys and Ulster at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2013 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Press Eye Belfast 04.10.13  - Ospreys v Ulster - RaboDirect PRO12 -
Picture  by  Huw Evans / Press Eye
Andrew Trimble of Ulster breaks through
Press Eye Belfast 04.10.13 - Ospreys v Ulster - RaboDirect PRO12 - Picture by Huw Evans / Press Eye Andrew Trimble of Ulster breaks through

Ulster have defeated the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium thanks to six second half kicks from Paddy Jackson.

Five penalties and a sixth kick from the 21-year-old outhalf in the second half landed Ulster a 12-18 victory in Swansea -  giving the side a three-game winning streak in this season's RaboDirect PRO 12.

The scoresheet remained blank until the first of two strikes from the Ospreys.

But despite Ulster holding most of the territory in the first half, the Ospreys managed six points thanks to kicks from Dan Biggar - the first coming in the 20th minute.

A second came right on half time to put the home side 6 - 0. Biggar then added another six points to the scoreline in the second half.

But four successful penalties from Paddy Jackson brought the Ulstermen level at the end of the third quarter, before a fifth brought the Ulstermen ahead.

A sixth kick from Jackson ended home side's chance of a victory.

Heading into tonight's game, the loss of British and Irish Lions star Tommy Bowe for the clash had been eased by Ulster being able to recall fit-again Ireland international wing Andrew Trimble for Friday's date with Ospreys in Swansea.

Tonight's opponents weren't short of quality - with the Ospreys' star-studded pack including five of the 2013 Lions.

Ospreys had been one of only two unbeaten teams this season - but Ulster's win in Wales put an end to that.

BOTH SIDES' LAST RESULTS

OSPREYS

Connacht 26 Ospreys 43

Ospreys 44 Edinburgh 10

Leinster 29 Ospreys 29

Benetton Treviso 19 Ospreys 24

Bath 27 Ospreys 10*

Ospreys 23 Worcester Warriors 19*

ULSTER

Ulster 32 Benetton Treviso 13

Connacht 7 Ulster 18

Ulster 12 Glasgow Warriors 13

NG Dragons 15 Ulster 8

Leicester Tigers 30 Ulster 10*

Ulster 21 Leinster 19*

*Pre-season friendlies

All others RaboDirect PRO12

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