Date Time Competition Season
30 September 2022 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2022/23

Match Report

Leinster defeat Ulster in URC at Ravenhill

At a raucous & rainy Ravenhill, it was Leinster who took the bragging rights as they defeated Ulster 20-13 in a feisty Interpro in Belfast.

First half tries from Ryan Baird & Dan Sheehan set the visitors on their way as they settled into a 20-3 lead. Ulster rallied in the final quarter, with John Andrew going over, but it was to no avail on the scoreboard.

Despite monopolising possession early on, Ulster were shown the meaning of clinical by Leinster’s first visit to their twenty-two.

The men in blue built the phases before Garry Ringrose executed a perfect pass out wide to flanker Ryan Baird, who barged past John Cooney & burrowed over, Ross Byrne landing a fine conversion.

Ulster replied with pressure of their own, coming up just short of the try line before Cooney notched a penalty for 7-3.

Hooker Sheehan then got over for his fifth try in two games from a rampant Leinster maul but a cheap concession on Ulster’s part.

Amidst a downpour of rain, Byrne added penalties either side of the interval & Leinster looked entirely in control.

However, after concerted indiscipline, Leinster were reduced to fourteen, full-back Jimmy O’Brien sin-binned.

Immediately, the man advantage yielded a score, Andrew touching down after a well-executed lineout.

Moments later, young winger Aaron Sexton sent the stadium into raptures when he dotted down from Mike Lowry’s neat pass. However, the try was disallowed as Sexton’s grounding of the ball was unsure, spotted by the TMO and the score chalked off.

Three more points from Cooney took them within losing bonus-point territory but the arrival of Sexton senior, Ireland’s captain alongside John Ryan’s experience was key as Leo Cullen’s side showed their game management.

Lots for Andy Farrell to digest whilst Ulster will rue their lacklustre start.


15Michael Lowry Fly-Half
14Arron Sexton Back
13Luke Marshall Centre
12Stuart McCloskey Centre
11Jacob Stockdale 23 Winger
10Billy Burns Fly-Half
9John Cooney 21 Scrum-Half 63'
19', 73'
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Rob Herring 16 Hooker
3Tom O’Toole 18 Prop
4Alan O’Connor Lock
5Kieran Treadwell 19 Lock
6Matty Rea 20 No. 8
7Marcus Rea Flanker
8Nick Timoney Flanker
16John Andrew 2 Hooker 62'
17Eric O’Sullivan 1 Prop
18Marty Moore 3 Prop
19Sam Carter 5 Lock
20Greg Jones 6 Flanker
21David Shanahan 9 Scrum-Half
22Angus Curtis Fly-Half
23Ben Moxham 11 Back


15Jimmy O’Brien Centre 62'
14Jordan Larmour Winger
13Garry Ringrose Centre
12Robbie Henshaw Centre
11Dave Kearney 23 Winger
10Ross Byrne 22 Fly-Half 9', 22'
37', 46'
9Luke McGrath 21 Scrum-Half
1Andrew Porter 17 Prop
2Dan Sheehan Hooker 21'
3Michael Alaalatoa 18 Prop
4Ross Molony Lock
5Jason Jenkins 19 Lock
6Ryan Baird 20 Lock 8'
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker
8Jack Conan No. 8
16John McKee Hooker
17Ed Byrne 1 Prop
18Vakh Abdaladze 3 Prop
19James Ryan 5 Lock
20Will Connors 6 Flanker
21Nick McCarthy 9 Scrum-Half
22Johnny Sexton 10 Fly-Half
23Charlie Ngatai 11 Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 9)
18 - 13
United Rugby Championship
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Leinster

(Round 6)
10 - 20
United Rugby Championship
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Ulster

(Round 2)
4:00 pm
Women's Interprovincials
Energia Park

Leinster v Ulster

(Round 14)
19 - 38
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Leinster

(Round 11)
24 - 12
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Ulster


Kingspan Stadium
Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT6 0BW, United Kingdom

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