Leinster too strong for Ulster in Aviva clash

Leinster Too Strong For Ulster In Aviva Clash Leinster Too Strong For Ulster In Aviva Clash
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James Cox
Ulster 10 - 28 Leinster

Leinster and Ulster squared off in a highly anticipated clash at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

First-time Leinster captain Ed Byrne scored the first try early on to mark the occasion and it was converted by Ross Byrne. Two Byrne penalties had Leinster 13-0 ahead after just 20 minutes.

That was the half-time score after a frustrating opening period for Ulster.

They were much improved after the break and the next try came from Rob Herring, converted by John Cooney.

A Cooney penalty then made it 16-10 with 12 minutes left on the clock.

A killer blow arrived with just six minutes left as Leinster scored in the corner through Scott Penny, following a fine cross-field kick from Harry Byrne.

Ulster thought they had responded through a quickfire try from Cooney, but it was ruled out for offside.


A try from Harry Byrne in the last minute sealed the win for Leinster on a 28-10 scoreline.

Leinster: Kearney; Keenan, O'Loughlin, Frawley, C Kelleher; R Byrne, Gibson Park; E Byrne, Cronin, Bent, Toner, Molony; Murphy, Connors, Deegan.

Replacements: Tracy, Milne, Clarkson, Ruddock, Penny, Osborne, H Byrne, O'Brien.

Ulster: Stockdale, Faddes, Hume, McCloskey, Lyttle; Madigan, Cooney; O'Sullivan, Herring, O'Toole, Carter, Treadwell; Rea, Murphy, Coetzee.

Replacements: Andrew, McCall, Moore, O'Connor, Timoney, Shanahan, Johnston, Ludik.

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