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Paddy Jackson saves Ulster from defeat against Exeter in Champions Cup

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 22/10/2016

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Paddy Jackson of Ulster kicks a penalty during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Paddy Jackson of Ulster kicks a penalty during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: James Short of Exeter (L) and Jared Payne (C) of Ulster during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Jared Payne of Ulster (L) and Harry Williams (R) of Exeter Chiefs during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Roger Wilson of Ulster (C) is tackled by Mitch Lees (R) of Exeter Chiefs during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Charles Piutau (R) of Ulster runs at the Exeter defence during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Charles Piutau (R) of Ulster runs at the Exeter defence during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Sean Reidy of Ulster scores a try during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Sean Reidy of Ulster is congratulated by team mates after he scores a try during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Mitch Lees of Exeter Chiefs collects a high ball during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Sean Reidy of Ulster is congratulated by team mates after he scores a try during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Ulster coach Les Kiss pictured before the Champions Cup Pool 5 game between Ulster and Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Rory Best. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Jared Payne is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Kai Horstmann and Ian Whitten. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Celebration as Ulster's Sean Reidy goes over for a try. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Sean Reidy goes over for a try, tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Gareth Steenson. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Luke Marshall is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Harry Williams and Jack Yeandle. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Rory Best is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Dave Lewis and Harry Williams. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Sean Reidy is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Kai Horstmann. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Paddy Jackson. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Celebration as Ulster's Sean Reidy goes over for a try. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Ulster's Iain Henderson is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom and Dave Lewis. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Iain Henderson is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom and Dave Lewis. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Iain Henderson is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Gareth Steenson, Geoff Parling and Ian Whitten. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Jared Payne is tackled by the Exeter Chiefs' Olly Woodburn. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Sean Reidy runs in a try for Ulster. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Charles Piutau and Exeter Chiefs' James Short. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. A minutes silence is observed after the passing of Anthony Foley. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
European Rugby Champions Cup - Round 2: Ulster v Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. A minutes silence is observed after the passing of Anthony Foley. 22 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

A dramatic late drop goal from Paddy Jackson saved Ulster from a second Champions Cup defeat in a row as the province beat Exeter by a score of 19-18 at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday night.

The province scored the only try of the game through Sean Reidy in the first-half but Armagh-born Gareth Steenson provided all 18 Chiefs points with his boot.

After five penalties dotted throughout the contest, it was when the visiting ten dropped a goal only minutes from the end that it looked as if the Sandy Park outfit were going to steal victory and leave Ulster's European hopes hanging by a thread.

Sparked into action, Charles Piutau quickly broke upfield and Jackson provided a drop goal of his own with time ticking away to save the day and allow the hosts to snatch back the win.

With the Guinness PRO12 again the focus next week when Munster visit Belfast, Ulster can at least now look forward to December's double-header with Clermont knowing their campaign is up and running.

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