Even though Leinster conceded an early try when Paddy Wallace grabbed the touchdown following Denis Hickie’s defensive error, they recovered to lead 14-7 at the break with three penalties from the outstanding Felipe Contepomi and a try by Ciaran Potts.
Ulster managed to close the gap thanks to some accurate place kicking by David Humphreys and a try by Neil Best, but Leinster made sure of the victory when Hickie crossed for the decisive try with five minutes remaining.
Meanwhile, the result was much more emphatic in Galway where Munster crushed Connacht by 44-19 despite being only a point ahead at half time. However, the winners took complete charge in the second half with tries from Frankie Sheahan, Marcus Horan, Gary Connolly and Federico Pucciarello.
FALLON WINS ARC
Irish jockey Kieren Fallon had a day to remember in Paris last weekend when he landed a prestigious Group One treble including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Fallon scored on Horatio Nelson and Rumplestiltskin at Longchamp, before winning the Arc for the first time on the impressive Hurricane Run.
Owned by Coolmore Stud supreme John Magnier and Michael Tabor, Hurricane Run revived memories of Montjeu’s victory in 1999 with a blistering performance. “I don’t think I’ve ever ridden a horse with his turn of foot,” said Fallon. “The inside is the shortest way round, but I could’ve gone anywhere on him and still won.”