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Ulster's season ends with a 30:18 defeat to Leinster

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 20/05/2016

Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016
Leinster vs Ulster
UlsterÄôs Ruan Pienaar tackled by Jordi Murphy and Mick Kearney of Leinster
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Ruan Pienaar tackled by Jordi Murphy and Mick Kearney of Leinster Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Golfer Rory McIlroy and singer Niall Horan at tonight's game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Iain Henderson Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Luke Marshall is tackled by LeinsterÄôs Jonathan Sexton Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Iain Henderson tackled by Mick Kearney and Mike Ross of Leinster Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Stuart McCloskey tackled by Devin Toner of Leinster Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Golfer Rory McIlroy watches the match Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Franco van der Merwe on the attack Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster LeinsterÄôs Isa Nacewa and UlsterÄôs Andrew Trimble Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster LeinsterÄôs Isa Nacewa and UlsterÄôs Andrew Trimble Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Leinster's Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Craig Gilroy scores a try Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald with Luke Marshall of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Craig Gilroy scores a try Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Craig Gilroy scores a try Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Leinster's Isa Nacewa with Andrew Trimble and Iain Henderson of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Leinster's Isa Nacewa with Andrew Trimble of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Andrew Trimble of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Leinster's Isa Nacewa Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Leinster's Isa Nacewa with Andrew Trimble and Iain Henderson of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Leinster's Isa Nacewa with Andrew Trimble of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Leinster's Isa Nacewa Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Andrew Trimble of Ulster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Leinsters Isa Nacewa and Ulsters Andrew Trimble Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster UlsterÄôs Craig Gilroy scores a try Mandatory Credit ¬©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Guinness PRO12 Play-Off, RDS, Dublin 20/5/2016 Leinster vs Ulster Ulsters Stuart McCloskey tackled by Devin Toner of Leinster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Golfer Rory McIlroy and singer Niall Horan at the Ulster/Leinster clash Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ulster's season ended in the RDS with defeat against Leinster in the Pro12 semi-finals.

A third consecutive defeat at the last four stage, Les Kiss's men were beaten 30-18 and will have to watch next week's final between their Dublin rivals and the victor of Connacht versus Glasgow.

Leinster raced into an early lead through Isa Nacewa's try and two penalties from Johnny Sexton but Ulster fought back before the half.

Two Jackson penalties and an unconverted try from Craig Gilroy had the deficit sitting at just two points come half-time.

Jamie Heaslip scored a crucial try seven minutes into the half and Leinster never looked back.

The game seemed up as soon as Sean Cronin crashed over for a third and a late Ulster fightback, highlighted by Gilroy's second, counted for little.

Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster. Pic Stephen Hamilton
Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster. Pic Stephen Hamilton
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Erin mcCracken and Caitlin Mcnally
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Erin mcCracken and Caitlin Mcnally
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Erin mcCracken and Caitlin Mcnally
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Tom and Luke Martin from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Stephen and Dillon Gardiner from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Tom and Luke Martin from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Tom and Luke Martin from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Holly Smyth who flew home from Liverpool university to attend the match
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Holly Smyth who flew home from Liverpool university to attend the match pictured with Sylvia Mahoney and Yvonne Smyth
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Craig McCord and Kim Galway
Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster. Pic Stephen Hamilton
Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster. Pic Stephen Hamilton
Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster. Pic Stephen Hamilton
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Craig McCord and Kim Galway
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Holly Smyth who flew home from Liverpool university to attend the match pictured with Sylvia Mahoney and Yvonne Smyth
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Holly Smyth who flew home from Liverpool university to attend the match
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at Podium for Sport in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Tom and Luke Martin from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Tom and Luke Martin from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Stephen and Dillon Gardiner from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Tom and Luke Martin from Belfast
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Erin mcCracken and Caitlin Mcnally
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster .
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Erin mcCracken and Caitlin Mcnally
Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster. Pic Stephen Hamilton
Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland -20th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Ulster rugby fans pictured at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of tonights Guinness PRO12 semi final match against Leinster . Erin mcCracken and Caitlin Mcnally

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