Paddy Jackson’s kicking proved the difference as Ulster maintained their perfect RaboDirect PRO12 record with a 19-12 victory in their crunch clash with the Scarlets.
The 20-year-old contributed 14 points for Ulster with four penalties and a conversion in difficult conditions at Parc y Scarlets to go nine points clear at the top.
Jackson and Aled Thomas scored early penalties before Irish international Andrew Trimble intercepted Gareth Owen’s sloppy pass to register the only try of the night, with Jackson adding the conversion.
Either side of the break Jackson kicked two more penalties but Thomas responded with two of his own to make it 16-9.
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