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Dismal performance seen Ulster beaten 38-7 by Leinster

By Adam McKendry

A dismal performance in Dublin saw Ulster hit for six by interprovincial rivals Leinster, who won this Guinness PRO14 clash 38-7 at the RDS Arena.

The Ulster resistance lasted six minutes as the hosts used the wind advantage to earn the territory and, after Fergus McFadden cut through the defensive line, he passed to Jordan Larmour on his shoulder who stepped inside a weak Jacob Stockdale to score.

Ten minutes, and another poor tackle, later and Leinster had their second, the ball being spun wide to Barry Daly on the wing, and he easily handed off Charles Piutau to cross in the corner.

Some excellent Ulster defence kept the boys in blue off the scoreboard for the rest of the half, and they could have had a try of their own when Stockdale couldn’t hold an intercept when clean through.

The visitors survived two TMO referrals for Leinster tries, both correctly not given, but Fergus McFadden ensured the game was over as a contest ten minutes into the second period.

His first try was a succulent step inside another Stockdale failed tackle, but his second was made by Andrew Porter, who bashed through two Ulster tackles in his own 22 before sending the winger the rest of the way.

Ulster did get a try in response, whether it was deserved or not was another question, as Tommy Bowe cut through the Leinster defensive line and, although he was held short, numbers ensured Stockdale crossed.

But the last laugh went to Leinster as they capitalised on Rodney Ah You dropping the ball after Ulster went from one 22 to the other, and Max Deegan held off a challenge long enough to set Jonathan Sexton away to complete the humiliation.

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