Ulster fly-half David Humphreys, making his 50th Heineken Cup appearance missed an early penalty attempt after some powerful driving from his backrow, but it was the home Saraens No 8, eventual Heineken Man of the Match Ben Skirving who scored the first points, crossing the whitewash after just 3 minutes. Out-half Jackson converted.
Ulster hit-back when Thomas Castaignede's drop-goal attempt was charged down by flanker Neil McMillan, who collected the ball and made the break. He off-loaded to Paul Steinmetz who played the ball wide with winger Tommy Bowe racing in for the touch-down. Humphreys converted to bring the visitors level.
Saracens prop Kevin Yates was sin binned after elbowing Ulster No8 Roger Wilson in the face although Humphreys failed to convert the penalty attempt and to add insult to injury it was Yates, having returned to the field who powered over the line for Saracens' second try close to half-time.
Halftime: Saracens 12 - 7 Ulster.
The second half was a stop start affair and this scrappy match failed to live up to its promise. Jackson added another penalty for the Saracens to push the bonus point out of Ulster's reach, however Humphreys hit back to bring them just five points adrift, 15 - 10.
Ulster were still very much in the game and looked as though they might have snatched a try which would have levelled the scores when Kevin Maggs crossed the line. The referee, somewhat controversially, called for the video ref who declared that Tommy Bowe's foot had been in touch before he'd passed the ball to Maggs.
The last word of the match went to saracens and with Jackson landing another penalty late on the Saracens sent Ulster packing without a win, or crucially, a bonus point.
Final Score: Saracens 18 - 10 Ulster
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