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Leinster boost play-off hopes

Leinster put themselves in prime position for a Magners League play-off spot with a swashbuckling 34-26 win over Ulster.

The Heineken Cup semi-finalists stung their provincial rivals with four tries in the opening 36 minutes for the fastest bonus point of the current league campaign.

Richardt Strauss, Luke Fitzgerald, Shane Horgan (2) and Heinke van der Merwe were the try scorers for Leinster who have vaulted above Ulster into second place.

Six days after their heartbreaking European exit, Ulster showed great resolve with tries from Pedrie Wannenburg and Craig Gilroy to almost snatch an unlikely bonus point themselves.

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