Date Time Competition Season
27 November 2021 8:00 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Ulster deliver away to Leinster

A late try by James Hume capped off a fine performance by Ulster, in the inter-pro derby against Leinster at the RDS this evening. Hume’s late try gave them a 20-10 winning margin, with the result taking them to top spot in the URC.

A tight game until the end, the result looked to be in Ulster’s favour as Nathan Doak struck a late penalty to put them three ahead, but it was Hume that ensured the points following a defensive error by Leinster.

This was a match with plenty of errors for both clubs, the spark finally ignited late in the half as it looked like a potential stalemate, but the Ulstermen will be happy to have made amends from their defeat to Connacht at the Aviva.

A bright start for the visitors but it failed to warrant any results, John Cooney failed to land a penalty in the 11th minute, their first major attempt at the points. 

Just four minutes later Greg Jones powered over the line, James Hume was caught short of the line but Jones spotted a gap, with Cooney kicking the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

The remainder of the half was Leinster on the front foot, but great defensive play forced the province into numerous errors, this played out to be the narrative of the half with the hosts penalised numerous times, the final act of the half was Cooney missing another penalty to try extend their lead going into the break.

Trailing by ten points early in the second half, Cooney landing a penalty seven minutes into the half, Leinster started to push for a comeback, following a penalty kicked into touch, Robbie Henshaw managed to touch down in the 50th minute to reduce the deficit, with Ross Byrne making it a three point game after the conversion.

After the try the game seemed to turn on its head with the hosts charging for the jugular, but the Ulster defence was just too strong and cleared their lines. In the end they managed to draw level with 15 minutes left, Byrne pointing to the posts from close range instead of opting to kick for touch.

Nathan Doak has been a shining star for his side this season, the replacement scrum half coming off the bench to make his presence felt, striking a penalty in the 67th minute to restore their lead.

Into the final few minutes Leinster tried to push for the winning score, again the resolve of the Ulster forwards was tested but they did enough to stop them in their tracks.

From nowhere Hume pounced on an offload to steal possession and race for the line, Doak making no mistake to kick the extra two points. The win tonight is their first at the RDS since March of 2013.


15Jimmy O’Brien Centre
14Adam Byrne Winger
13Robbie Henshaw Centre 52'
12Ciaran Frawley Fly-Half
11Jordan Larmour 23 Winger
10Ross Byrne 22 Fly-Half 52'
9Luke McGrath Scrum-Half
1Ed Byrne 17 Prop
2James Tracy Hooker
3Tadhg Furlong 18 Prop
4Ross Molony Lock
5Devin Toner Lock
6Dan Leavy 19 Flanker
7Scott Penny Flanker
8Rhys Ruddock 20 Flanker
16Sean Cronin Hooker
17Peter Dooley 1 Prop
18Vakh Abdaladze 3 Prop
19Max Deegan 6 No. 8
20Will Connors 8 Flanker
21Nick McCarthy Scrum-Half
22Harry Byrne 10 Fly-Half
23Tommy O’Brien 11 Centre


15Michael Lowry 23 Fly-Half
14Craig Gilroy Winger
13James Hume Centre 78'
12Stuart McCloskey Centre
11Ethan McIlroy Back
10Billy Burns Fly-Half
9John Cooney 21 Scrum-Half 16'
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Rob Herring Hooker
3Marty Moore 18 Prop
4Alan O’Connor Lock
5Sam Carter 19 Lock
6Greg Jones 20 Flanker 16'
7Nick Timoney Flanker
8David McCann Forward
16Tom Stewart Hooker
17Eric O’Sullivan 1 Prop
18Ross Kane 3 Prop
19Mick Kearney 5 Lock
20Marcus Rea 6 Flanker
21Nathan Doak 9 Back 78'
22Angus Curtis Fly-Half
23Rob Lyttle 15 Winger

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
57 - 12
Women's Senior 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


Royal Dublin Society
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 W9H6, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.