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Paddy Jackson saves Ulster from defeat against Exeter in Champions Cup

By Jonathan Bradley

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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