Leinster defeated Ulster in their Magners League playoff game on Friday night. The blues were far too strong for their Northern opponents and ran out easy winners. Indeed,the bulk of the Heineken Cup finalists star players had been removed well before the final whistle.
Johnny Sexton kicked Leinster into an early lead after 3 minutes and they never looked back from there. The Blues should have gone clear minutes later after a break from Strauss but Luke Fitzgerald knocked on with the line at his mercy. Fergus McFadden made no mistake minutes later when he crossed over in the corner to make it 8-0 to the Leinster men. Sexton missed the difficult conversion from near the sideline.
The out-half made up for this miss, when he knocked over a penalty right on the stroke of halftime to make it 11-0. Leinster replaced O’Driscoll with Dave Kearney at the break, and in truth, they knew that they had the match under control. Ulster tried hard after the restart but despite their possession they could never get back into contention. There were only 18 minutes left on the clock when Ulster finally got off the mark, from a penalty, to leave the scoreline at 11-3.
However, their joy was shortlived, as Luke Fitzgerald scored an excellent Leinster try minutes later to wrap up the game. Fergus McFadden converted the try and Leinster were out of sight. Leo Cullen was replaced near the finish as Leinster already had one eye on Cardiff.