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Ulster humbled by rampant Leinster in 10-25 trouncing at Kingspan

Ulster slipped to their first home defeat of the season as they fell 25-10 to interprovincial rivals Leinster at Kingspan Stadium in the Guinness PRO14.

Luke McGrath scored twice after Jordan Larmour opened the scoring for the visitors, while Ulster responded through a Sean Reidy score.

In front of a sell-out crowd in Belfast, it was Christian Leali’ifano who opened the scoring with a penalty, however the visitors responded almost immediately as Larmour took advantage of an overlap to ghost through for a try.

Reidy then put Ulster back ahead with a try off the back of a scrum in the 28th minute, but fly half Ross Byrne knocked over two penalties for the visitors to put them 13-10 ahead at the interval.

But Ulster made far too many errors in the second half as they struggled to make any momentum, even failing to take advantage when Dave Kearney was sin binned for a deliberate knock on.

Instead it was Leinster who got the score, man of the match Seán O’Brien cutting through and feeding McGrath who went over in the corner.

With only a few minutes to go the replacement scrum half ensured the win, and that Ulster would get nothing, with his second as he sniped over from close range as the home defence tired.

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