Ulster miss out on Pro12 final

Leinster 13-9 Ulster
Published Saturday, 17 May 2014
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Ulster missed out on a place in the Pro12 final after losing to Leinster.

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Mark Anscombe's side had been ahead for much of Saturday's game thanks to three penalties from Paddy Jackson, but Leinster mounted a late comeback to win it 13-9.

The only try of the game was scored by Ian Madigan and it proved decisive as the defending champions went on to close out the victory.

Leinster will now face Glasgow Warriors after their 16-15 win against Munster on Friday saw them become the first Scottish side to reach the Pro12 final.

Ulster held a narrow lead of six points at the end of a tight first half at the RDS Arena in Dublin.

Jackson opened the scoring seven minutes into the match after slotting home his first penalty from under the posts.

Gordon Darcy received a yellow card for a late tackle on Tommy Bowe as Leinster piled on the pressure but Ulster held firm, before Jackson struck again to put his side 6-0 up at half time.

Jackson kicked his third penalty on 52 minutes to extend the visitors' advantage before leaving the game to be replaced by James McKinney.

The Leinster comeback then began with two penalties from Jimmy Gopperth bringing the gap back down to three points.

Ulster hit back immediately with a try chance falling for Ruan Pienaar but Leinster defended well before taking the lead for the first time when Ian Madigan broke through.

Gopperth converted to make it 13-9.

The momentum was now firmly with Leinster and Ulster were unable to fight back as their rivals held on through a nervy last few minutes to clinch the victory.

They will face Glasgow at the RDS on 31 May for the chance to win back-to-back titles.

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8 Comments
weakness in mentality wrote (66 days ago):
@ Time for change ..." Always the bridesmaid" ??? I don,t think so ,more like a " Plus 1 " at the bottom table !
Peter in Finaghy, Belfast wrote (66 days ago):
Shamrock. Go and peddle your boring troll comments somewhere else. Nobody wants to be bored by them here. GO ULSTER. I am a Belfast man and very proud to be a ULSTER fan.
time for change in Belfast wrote (66 days ago):
3 words spring to mind. Discipline, discipline and DISCIPLINE! If any team wilts under pressure they don't deserve to win a thing. Bottom line, it shows a lack of 'character'. Leinster have it in droves, maybe Ulster should look to Leinsters coaching and management for some helpful tips. Until then always the bridesmaid!!
Stewart in Belfast wrote (67 days ago):
Shamrock in Belfast you are just a wind up merchant.if you had watched the Saracens game we held on with 14 men for 75 mins and had chances to win it but its hard when playing 16 men.1st side to beat Leicester at home in Europe in 6 years, double over Munster to name a few.You are just a troll
Iain in Belfast wrote (67 days ago):
Ah shamrock, always trolling on anything to do with Ulster/NI. I think you are the one who needs to go and dry the eyes. Just for the record, who do you follow? You never seem to come out and support anyone but then its easier to be a keyboard warrior like yourself. You love to thrive in others misery. How sad you are.
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