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Ulster's Play-Off headache

Leinster 34-26 UIster

Ulster's play-off hopes suffered a serious setback in Dublin last night when their six-game Magners League winning run was halted by Leinster who blitzed the visitors with five tries, four of them coming in a shocking first half that saw Brian McLaughlin’s men concede 27 points.

From there, Ulster had no way back into the game and though they fought back to outscore Leinster 14-7 in the second half, this defeat — coming six days after they exited the Heineken Cup at the quarter-final stages — sees them slip one spot into third in the league table with Leinster now taking over from them in second.

The result against an explosive performance from the Heineken Cup semi-finalists — Ulster have failed to win in Dublin since 1999 — heaps the pressure on McLaughlin’s squad who must now aim to win their remaining two games, at home to Connacht on Friday night and away at the Dragons, to secure their top-four spot, with a home semi-final for finishing in second clearly being the preferred option.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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