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Ulster respond at Ravenhill

24th October 2009 19:49

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Ulster moved top of the Magners League standings on Saturday with a hard-fought 16-14 victory over rivals Leinster at a sold-out Ravenhill.

Three penalties and a conversion by Ian Humphreys from a second-half try from Isaac Boss saw Ulster home, though a late converted try from the last move of the game from substitute Luke Fitzgerald saw Leinster grab a valuable bonus point.

Ulster, who were without Paddy Wallace due to the Irish Rugby Football Union's player management programme and Stephen Ferris because of an ankle injury, played the conditions with far more intelligence than their star-studded opponents, who suffered their second league defeat.

With the swirling wind and rain behind them, it was no surprise when Leinster had the opening scoring opportunity after Ian Whitten was penalised for going off his feet at a ruck, however outside half Shaun Berne was wide with his opening effort from about 40 metres.

The missed penalty certainly set the template for much of the opening half, as neither side managed to get the scoreboard ticking over until a late flurry of points at the end of the half.

Berne missed two more penalty attempts before a marvellous forward effort from Ulster - when they retained the ball for around 10 phases - resulted in Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman being sent to the bin after referee Andrew Small blew with the Leinster tryline open for Humphreys and Andrew Trimble.

Humphreys landed the penalty into the teeth of the gale but then, from the restart, Leinster turned the screw and, with Brian O'Driscoll pulling the strings, they surged towards Ulster's line in injury time.

Tamaiti Horua was binned for killing the ball, and Leinster ran the penalty with O'Driscoll putting Berne clear for the right corner. The Leinster outside half superbly converted and, suddenly, the visitors trooped off 7-3 in front.

With the conditions now behind Ulster, Humphreys narrowed the deficit with a second penalty five minutes after the resumption and then, three minutes later,

Boss scooped a ball up from a ruck and broke down the blindside to run in from just short of 50 metres.

Humphreys made the tight angle conversion to give his side the lead 13-7 and was then just short with a penalty attempt from 55 metres.

Leinster were pinned at a scrum on Ulster's line and then saw substitute Jonathan Sexton spill an inside flip pass from O'Driscoll with the Ulster line open.

All that remained was Humphreys' 73rd-minute strike which seemed to take it beyond the visitors, until that is Isa Nacewa's chip through for Fitzgerald, which Sexton then converted.

The scorers:

For Ulster:
Tries: Boss
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys 3

For Leinster:
Tries:
Berne, Fitzgerald
Con: Berne, Sexton

Ulster: 15 Clinton Schifcofske, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Chris Henry (c), 7 Willie Faloon, 6 Tamaiti Horua, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Dan Tuohy, 3 Brendon Botha, 2 Nigel Brady, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Andy Kyriacou, 17 Bryan Young, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Robbie Diack, 20 Paul Marshall, 21 Niall O'Connor, 22 Simon Danielli.

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Girvan Dempsey, 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c), 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Shaun Berne, 9 Chris Keane, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Bernard Jackman, 1 Ronan McCormack.
Replacements: 16 John Fogarty, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Malcolm O'Kelly, 19 Stephen Keogh, 20 Simon Keogh, 21 Jonathan Sexton, 22 Luke Fitzgerald.

Referee: Andrew Small (England)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Jude Quinn (Ireland)
Assessor: Brian Stirling (Ireland)
Television match official: John Carvill (Ireland)

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