|Leinster: (10) 38|
|Tries: Kelleher, Ringrose 2, Porter, Lowe; Pens: Byrne; Cons: Byrne 5|
|Ulster: (22) 29|
|Tries: Herring, Treadwell, McIlroy, Carter; Pen: Cooney; Cons: Cooney 2, Doak|
Fourteen-man Leinster produced an excellent comeback to crush Ulster 38-29 and keep their 100% United Rugby Championship report in a gripping derby in Dublin.
After dropping Cian Healy to a crimson card on 21 minutes, Leo Cullen’s males trailed 22-3 on the stroke of half time earlier than hitting 35 unanswered factors by working in 5 tries at a joyous RDS Enviornment.
Tries from Rob Herring, Kieran Treadwell and Ethan McIlroy capped a dominant first-half show by the guests.
Ronan Kelleher crossed to offer the hosts hope simply earlier than the break, with a Garry Ringrose double and additional tries from Andrew Porter and James Lowe making it a bonus-point win for Leinster, earlier than Sam Carter grabbed a late comfort for Dan McFarland’s males.
Ulster have been decreased to 13 males for a spell themselves with simply lower than 20 minutes remaining when James Hume and Nick Timoney have been proven yellow playing cards, with the hosts taking full benefit.
Ross Byrne, recent from his late kicking heroics for Eire towards Australia, was deadly with the boot for the URC leaders, clinically dispatching 5 conversions in addition to an early penalty.
It’s now 9 wins from 9 matches on this season’s URC for Leinster, with Saturday night time’s victory stretching their lead on the high to 9 factors.
Defeat towards their inter-provincial rivals will likely be troublesome to take for Ulster who appeared like they have been in charge of the sport and on the right track for what would have been a press release win till that Kelleher attempt in first-half damage time shifted the momentum.
In an additional blow to the Kingspan outfit, they ended the day in fourth place within the desk, overtaken by Bulls and Stormers after having began the day in second.
Enjoying towards a robust wind, Ulster’s cussed defence was forcing errors from their hosts and, after Byrne and Cooney had slotted a penalty every, Healy received his crimson card on 21 minutes for a head-to-head collision with Tom Stewart with no mitigation.
Ulster let 19-point lead slip after robust begin
McFarland’s males took fast and full benefit, with Herring – simply off the bench for Stewart – breaking away from a wonderful maul following a line-out to cross for the opening attempt of the sport.
Extra wonderful aggression from Ulster’s pack arrange Treadwell to brush apart Byrne whereas crossing on 29 minutes, with Ethan McIlroy working from midway for the third attempt six minutes later after Stewart Moore had timed his go to him completely.
John Cooney, who spoke through the week about the opportunity of switching allegiances from Eire to Scotland, hit two conversions and a penalty earlier than having to go off with a head damage early within the second half.
Kelleher’s attempt was comparable in build-up to Ulster’s first, with a kick to the nook being adopted by a wonderful line-out and maul earlier than the hooker broke free to attain.
A couple of errors from Ulster quickly after the break set the tone for the remainder of the half, with Hume getting his yellow card for a conflict of heads with Ringrose simply earlier than the stand-in Leinster skipper received his first attempt on the hour.
A good looking Ringrose dummy three minutes later noticed him seize his second, which put them 24-22 forward, with Timoney then having to go off for an infringement within the maul main as much as that rating.
A Porter attempt, transformed by Byrne, strengthened Leinster’s grip on the sport and Lowe nearly walked throughout the road for his or her ultimate attempt of the sport on 76 minutes, leaving Carter to earn at the least a try-bonus for Ulster within the ultimate minute.
Captain Iain Henderson returned to the Ulster beginning line-up, having come off the bench within the win over Zebres final week, however needed to go off on 57 minutes to get replaced within the again row by for Duane Vermeulen.
McFarland will hope to have each males absolutely match as his facet face back-to-back European clashes, away to Sale subsequent Saturday and at residence to La Rochelle the next weekend.
Leinster: Keenan; O’Brien, Ringrose, Osborne, Lowe, Byrne, Gibson-Park; Healy, Kelleher, Ala’alatoa, Ryan, Jenkins, Baird, Van der Flier, Conan,
Replacements: Sheehan, Porter, Furlong, Molony, Doris, McCarthy, Tector, Turner.
Ulster: Lowry; McIlroy, Hume, McCloskey, Moore, Burns, Cooney; Warwick, Stewart, Moore, O’Connor, Treadwell, Henderson (capt), Rea, Timoney.
Replacements: Herring, Reid, O’Toole, Carter, Vermeulen, Doak, Stockdale, Rea.
Referee: Christophe Ridley