At Rodney Parade, Newport Gwent Dragons and Ulster fought out a dramatic Pro14 League with visiting fly-half Christian Lealiifano becoming both hero and villain.
First, it seems Ulster have won the match through late tries by Angus O’Brien before the Welsh hit back through Lealiifano – but the player missed a straightforward conversion, that would help them in winning the game.
In the match Wing Ashton Hewitt scored two wonderful tries for the Dragons, with hooker Liam Belcher and lock Matthew Screech also touch down before full-back O’Brien’s score. Gavin Henson the Fly-half on the other hand kicked a penalty and two conversions.
In the court of Ulster, Wing Craig Gilroy scored twice for Ulster, along scrum-half Paul Marshall who was also crossing. The referee of the match also awarded a penalty try to them while Lealiifano kicked a penalty and also a conversion, but alas it was crucially off target at the death.
Jack Dixon the Dragons center handed an early initiative to Ulster when he was sin-binned just after four minutes for a high tackle and with the man advantage, chances of were took by Ulster and they went 8-0 up.
In the penalty shot, Lealiifano landed a 30-meter penalty from the indiscretion of Dixon, and some good work down the right from Marshall, full-back Charles Piutau and Louis Ludik saw Gilroy race in.
Now, coming back to a full complement, the home side hit back by moving 15-8 ahead.
For the first try, Screech was at the back of a driving maul and was over the Ulster line, which was converted by Henson before adding a penalty just after a great charge down the middle from Ollie Griffiths the captain.
Dixon, neat grubber kick to the corner, then saw Hewitt touching down, but the battle, then took another turn when the a maul was pulled down by the Dragons on their line for referee Marius Mitrea in-order to award him a penalty try and send the teams into the break locked at 15-15.