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Ulster suffers home defeat

By Ciaran Donaghy

  • Ulster 10 v 25 Leinster

Leinster recorded their first victory at Kingspan Stadium since 2014 with a comprehensive victory over Ulster.

Leo Cullen’s side outscored their hosts by three tries to one and move above Ulster in the Pro 14 table.

It was Ulster’s first home defeat in the domestic competition since Munster claimed victory in Belfast a year ago.

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Les Kiss's side had lead 10-7 after a half hour but failed to score the remaining 54 minutes as Leinster dominated up front.

Christian Leahi’ifano gave Ulster the lead on six minutes with a penalty after Leinster centre Rory O’Loughlin was caught offside from a high ball.

Jordan Lamour gave Leinster the lead on 15 minutes with a sensational try, the 20-year-old got the ball on the Ulster 10 metre line and soared past Iain Henderson and Aaron Cairns, he had enough strength to hold off a last ditch tackle from Luke Marshall to touch down with out half Ross Byrne converting.

Ulster carved open the Leinster defence on 26 minutes, Leahi’ifano fed to Bowe, the winger shipped the ball to full back Charles Piutau and he carried close to the line, the ball was spun wide and Cairns was held up over the line, however from the resulting five metre scrum Sean Reidy picked up from the base and powered over.

Leahi’ifano converted but Ulster’s lead was short lived as Leinster forced a penalty from the restart and Ross Byrne levelled the scores on 30 minutes.

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Ross Byrne gave the visitors a 13-10 lead at the interval by knocking over a simple penalty in from off the post with three minutes of the first half remaining.

Leinster should have had another try at the start of the second half, Adam Byrne led a counter-attack out of defence and carried into Ulster territory before putting in a grubber kick, Jamison Gibson-Park won the race to collect the loose ball but instead of going himself he tried to flick the ball back inside to Byrne but the winger knocked on.

Leinster sprung British Lion Cian Healy from the bench and the prop immediately forced a penalty at the scrum but Ross Byrne dragged his kick wide.

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Leinster winger Dave Kearney was yellow-carded on 55 minutes for a deliberate knock on but despite their numerical disadvantage the visitors got their second try five minutes later. A knock on in midfield by Rodney Ah You, lock Devin Toner fed Sean O’Brien and the No 8 put Adam Byrne into space. He then came round on the loop to take a return pass before fizzing the ball wide for replaced scrum half Luke McGrath to squeeze in at the corner for an unconverted try.

Leinster sealed the victory with a try in the 78th minute.

The visitors were encamped on the Ulster try line and forced a penalty, they opted for a scrum and Luke McGrath made a sniping break to get his second try of the match with Cathal Marsh converting.

Adam Byrne led a counter attack in the last minute as Leinster when in search of a bonus point but his grubber kick rolled into touch.