Thursday 18 January 2018

MINUTE BY MINUTE: HOW THE FINAL UNFOLDED

7: Penalty to Ulster 25m out which Ruan Pienaar converts, 3-0 to Ulster.

8: Leinster's first attack is turned over by Stephen Ferris's tackle on Jonny Sexton on his own 22.

11: Gordon D'Arcy breaks up the middle and Rob Kearney continues his good work. Sean O'Brien crashes over the line but Nigel Owens goes to the TMO. After endless replays he decides to award the try. Sexton adds the conversion 7-3.

14: Sexton misses a penalty attempt.

20: Last-ditch tackle by Kearney drags Stefan Terblanche into touch metres from the Leinster line, when a try looked likely.

21: Fantastic break by Eoin Reddan into the Ulster 22 and he does well to keep the ball alive. The ball is spread to the opposite corner but the move breaks down when Isa Nacewa puts a foot in touch.

26: More danger averted for Ulster. Trimble takes O'Driscoll down before he can get the pass away.

31: Cian Healy try. Leinster win the scrum against the head. Brian O'Driscoll off loads the ball to O'Brien who makes a great run and passes it on to Reddan. He gives the ball to Healy, who barges over the line. Sexton converts for 14-3.

35: Ulster are on the attack but Paddy Jackson's attempt at a drop goal from 10m out is narrowly wide.

40: Going into the break, Pienaar lands a thumping penalty from inside his own half to make it 14-6

44: A mix up between Ferris and Jackson sees Ulster take the ball back into their 22 and kick the ball out on the full. Lineout to Leinster on Ulster's 22m line. The Leinster pack drive up to the line and Owens awards a penalty try for Ulster taking down the maul. Sexton adds the conversion for 21-6.

48: O'Brien penalised for a high tackle and Pienaar converts the penalty, 21-9.

51: John Afoa goes off his feet and hands the initiative back to Leinster. Sexton kicks the penalty from an awkward angle to make it 24-9.

56: Ulster go through the phases and put Leinster under pressure. The defence hold firm but Ulster get a penalty in front of the posts. Ulster opt for a scrum but throw possession away.

59: Ulster go through 10 phases but turn the ball over again.

60: Ulster refuse to give up and Terblanche charges down Kearney's attempted clearance inside the 22. The ball is spread wide and a lofted pass from Paddy Wallace puts Dan Tuohy over in the corner. Pienaar misses the conversion. 24-14.

67: Sexton kicks a penalty, 27-14.

72: Terblanche is sin binned for a dangerous tackle on Sean Cronin.

Sexton makes no mistake with the penalty, 30-14, and that's his last involvement as Leinster empty their bench.

75: Heinke van der Merwe scores Leinster's fourth try. Fergus McFadden misses the conversion. 35-14.

80: Cronin adds another try, converted by McFadden. 42-14.

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