Just last week, Leinster saw their unbeaten record at Pro14 Rugby come to and end after having been beaten by Connacht, 24-35. Now they were on a mission to take Ulster’s unbeaten record (10-0) and leave no unbeaten teams in the league.
Ulster beat the other still-unbeaten team last week, Munster, by 15-10. So basically with a win today, Ulster would prove that they are the best Pound for Pound team in Pro14 Rugby at the moment.
Ulster was leading after the first half but a good try by Seán Cronin (IRL) with a powerful scrum that was pushed all the way after the line gave Leinster the 10-9 and a conversion by Johnny Sexton (IRL) for the 12-9.
Leinster kept on pressing with a good use of lateral passes and pick and goes that culminated with a try by Robbie Henshaw (IRL) at 52′. And a minute after Sexton’s failed conversion attempt Leinster was close to scoring position back again.
At 69′ John Cooney (IRL) scored his fourth penalty for Ulster to get closer 17-12. All those 12 scored with Cooney’s kicks.
A good driving line by Leinster launched James Tracy (IRL) to yet another score for Leinster that almost ensured their win with five minutes to go. The final score was 24-12.
With this result there are no more unbeaten teams in Pro14. Ulster leads with 10 wins and a loss, ahead of Leinster, that has 8 wins and a loss but evidently with two less matches.