LEINSTER EARN IRISH BRAGGING RIGHTS
PRO14 REPORT: LEINSTER EARNED DERBY-DAY BRAGGING RIGHTS WITH A HARD-FOUGHT WIN AWAY AT ULSTER TO LEAPFROG THEM INTO SECOND PLACE IN CONFERENCE B.
Tries from Jordan Larmour and Luke McGrath proved crucial for the visitors, who continue to build momentum following a superb European break and will be full of confidence ahead of Friday’s crucial trip to Glasgow Warriors.
Ulster fall to their second defeat in three matches following a surprise loss to Zebre last month, although they can take heart from the battling display.
Aaron Cairns impressed on his debut at scrumhalf, while hooker Rory Best made his first start of the season to bolster Ulster’s pack.
However, Leinster hit the front after just seven minutes when Lamour scampered down the wing to score a memorable try.
Ulster increased the pressure, dominating territory and possession but Leinster’s defence – marshalled by the superb Devin Toner – kept them at bay.
A pair of Ross Byrne penalties put Leinster ahead by three points at the break with Australian Christian Lealiifano kicking one for the home side.
And Ulster sensed a change in the wind 15 minutes into the second half when Dave Kearney was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.