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PRO14 final player ratings: Ringrose and Doris lead the way for Leinster but how did the Ulster team fare?



Ulster's Stuart McCloskey is tackled by Jamison Gibson-Park

Ulster's Stuart McCloskey is tackled by Jamison Gibson-Park

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Ulster's Stuart McCloskey is tackled by Jamison Gibson-Park

Ulster couldn't upset the odds against Leinster in the PRO14 final but how did the players perform?

Michael Sadlier has cast his eye over both sides after the southern side ran out 27-5 victors.

Ulster Starting XV

Michael Lowry 5: No real chance to show his footwork but a good contribution for Hume’s score in the first half.

Rob Lyttle 5: Didn’t get the opportunities he would have wanted and did pose Leinster problems when he had space.

James Hume 6: Ran a superb line for the first score of the game and put in a good shift in difficult circumstances.

Stuart McCloskey 6: With Coetzee clearly not quite right, it fell to the centre for go-forward. On his own it wasn’t enough.

Jacob Stockdale 5: Did well with some kick-chases but had a quiet game and didn’t have the sufficient impact.

Billy Burns 4: There was some good work but he needed to convert Hume’s try and then there was the Henshaw intercept.

Alby Mathewson 6: He did create some moments and kicked quite well but was removed once the game looked gone.

Eric O’Sullivan 5: As usual he contributed a big tackle count but this was no easy shift up against Andrew Porter.

Rob Herring 5: Off for an HIA but returned and put in a demanding 16 tackles which told a tale of this game.

Tom O’Toole 6: Did well in his support play and defensive work. Scrums went ok too as he progresses.

Alan O’Connor 6: He was never going to take a step back and went the full 80 making 22 tackles.

Iain Henderson 5: Great to see him return but did just the first half from which he did some decent work.

Matthew Rea 4: Took one Leinster lineout and charged up-field but as the game wore on he faded.

Sean Reidy 6: Did an incredible 80 for a player not long back and as usual he put in a massive shift.

Marcell Coetzee 5: He didn’t dominate as hoped and he left the action once the game had clearly gone.

Ulster Replacements

John Andrew (Herring 20-33 / 72) 4: Battled but not enough

John Cooney (Mathewson 47) 4: Couldn’t make the impact

Jack McGrath (O’Sullivan 47) 4: The impact wasn’t as good this time

Nick Timoney (Coetzee 47) 4: Back-foot stuff really

Sam Carter (Henderson 47) 4: Again, chasing the game

Ian Madigan (Burns 54) 5: Tried to inject life

Marty Moore (O’Toole 55) 4: Quiet on a challenging cameo

Jordi Murphy (Rea 55) 5: Fought hard but it was too difficult

Leinster Starting XV

Jordan Larmour 6: Some neat foot-work as usual but a quiet enough evening by his standards.

Hugo Keenan 6: Nearly stole in for a try off Stockdale and couldn’t stop Hume for his score.

Garry Ringrose 8: Arguably shouldn’t have kicked in an early attack but was a thorn in Ulster’s side.

Robbie Henshaw 7: The intercept was too good to be true. It swung the game. Put in a big defensive shift.

James Lowe 6: Didn’t look great for Hume’s score but then got over himself and made some telling surges.

Ross Byrne 7: His composure, accuracy and heads-up play was quite a contrast to his starting opposite number.

Jamison Gibson-Park 6: Some bits weren’t great but his flat pass for Lowe shredded Ulster.

Cian Healy 6: Quiet enough in respect of his carrying but his set-piece work was up to standard in the triumph.

Rónan Kelleher 6: Couldn’t get Hume for the first try and the lineouts were messy for a while though he recovered.

Andrew Porter 7: Won a key penalty off Hume and caused Ulster problems anywhere his superior power could be utilised.

Devin Toner 7: Ulster aimed some restarts at him which was meat and drink and a good carry for Doris’ score.

James Ryan 7: First game back and if he ever does quiet this was it though his work-rate was still pretty good.

Caelan Doris 8: His presence was something Ulster found hard to live with and took his deserved try well.

Josh van der Flier 7: Billy Burns will have nightmares with him in always his peripheral vision. A really decent workout.

Jack Conan 7: The Leinster back-row had a clear edge over Ulster and he too was industrious and strong.

Leinster Replacements

Ed Byrne (Healy 52) 6: Did a fair bit of defending

Luke McGrath (Gibson-Park 59) 6: By the time he arrived the game was over

Johnny Sexton (Byrne 59) 6: At least he came through unscathed

James Tracy (Kelleher 59) 6: Poor early knock-on but improved

Scott Fardy (Ryan 62) 6: Arrived with Leinster on the front-foot

Michael Bent (Porter 62) 5: Quiet enough and saw out time

Rory O’Loughin (Ringrose 67) 5: Had one surge for the line

Will Connors (Van der Flier 72) 5: Saw out time for this weekend

Belfast Telegraph