European Champions Cup: Look back at Leinster’s thrilling win over Ulster in Dublin

Ulster came agonisingly close to causing a major European Champions Cup upset in Dublin on Saturday, but defending champions Leinster were able to do enough to get them over the line by a three-point margin.

Sunday, 31st March 2019, 1:26 pm
Updated Monday, 1st April 2019, 1:51 am
Ulster's Luke Marshall scores a try against Leinster

The four-times winners came from behind twice before Ulster drew level going into the final quarter although they were left to rue missed chances as home outhalf Ross Byrne kicked a penalty nine minutes from time to send his side into the semi-finals 21-18.

Ulster Replacmenet Luke Marshall, in his first game since May last year after an ACL injury, scored a try to level the tie at 18-18, but Leinster turned the screw in a superb display of controlled rugby in the last 10 minutes.

A surprise result looked a possibility when Kieran Treadwell and Byrne, who deputised at fly-half for the injured Jonathan Sexton, swapped tries inside the opening 10 minutes.

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In spite of losing captain Rory Best to an early ankle injury, John Cooney’s eight points from the tee had Dan McFarland’s underdogs 13-11 ahead at half-time.

It was a tale of two wingers when Jacob Stockdale agonisingly dropped the ball from his grasp, and a subsequent Leinster attack sent Adam Byrne over for a momentum-shifting 53rd-minute score.

Catch up with Saturday’s action