Ulster finished of their preseason with a rare 7 – 10 win against Leinster at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

An early try by Jarred Payne, converted by Ian Humphreys, and a first half Humphreys penalty was enough for the Ulster win with Leinster only able to reply with a second half try by hooker Bryan Byrne, converted by Ian Madigan.

Didn’t get down to see this one so I cant give a review of individual performances, and more importantly the scrums, but it’s a pretty good result no matter what the performance, bearing in mind the number of times the Mexicans have done us over in recent years!

Based on the twitter feeds from Ulster and Leinster and the occasional update on the URSC here’s the approximate time line of events.

2 min TRY ULSTER! Jarred Payne touches down in the corner after good work from Louis Ludik. Humphreys adds the extras and Ulster lead 0 – 7.
15 min Ulster not releasing and the referee awards a penalty to Leinster. Jimmy Gopperth puts it wide from just inside the Ulster half.
17 min Fergus McFadden breaks through the Ulster line but knocks on. Ulster clear.
18 min Rory Scholes on for Michael Allen and Dan Leavy on for Sean O’Brien
22 min O’Brien Returns
26 min Allen Returns
31 min Humphreys adds a penalty after good work from Craig Gilroy and Sean Reidy. Ulster lead 0 – 10.
36 min Declan Fitzpatrick on for Wiehahn Herbst
37min Humphreys cross field kick almost puts Michael Allen in.
38 min Olding injured and replaced by Scholes.
40 min
Half Time. Leinster 0 Ulster 10
40 min Leinster bring on Kelleher, McGrath, Coghlan Murray, Madigan, Boss, Bent and Denton.Ulster bring on Ricky Andrew, Rory Murphy and Nick Williams for Ludik, Warwick and Wilson respectively.
49 min Sean O’Hagan on for Humphreys
50 min LEINSTER TRY! Bryan Byrne score in the corner after Leinster get the ball from an Ulster scrum. Madigan adds the extras. Score now 7 – 10.
52 min Alan O’Connor on for Franco van der Merwe and Jacob Stockdale on for Rory Scholes
53 min Great kick for Sean O’Hagan puts Ulster deep in Leinster territory.
55 min Clive Ross on for Reidy
64 min John Andrew on for Herring, Neil McComb on for Tuohy
65 min Break from Paul Marshall with Craig Gilroy in support but Leinster manage to turn over ball.
67 min Callum Black, Bronson Ross, Lewis Stevenson and Michael Heaney on for Murphy, Fitzpatrick, O’Connor and Marshall.
70 min Ludik back on Payne off
71 min Diack and Clive Ross off for Mike McComish and Conor Joyce
73 min John Andrew yellow carded
74 min Kyle McCall on for Williams!
77 min Ulster defending waves of Leinster attacks
80 min Full Time. Leinster 7 Ulster 10

A typical pre-season outing with 20 changes by Ulster, forced and otherwise, though with it being our near neighbours it still had a bit of an edge.

The obvious concerns are Herbst and Olding being pulled early and prop/hooker Kyle McCall having to come on with 4 minutes to go for Nick Williams. Mind you Old Nick has had to be pulled a couple of times when Ulster went a man down as he looked the “man most likely” to follow his colleague to the bin. Maybe this was the case here!  🙄

Leinster: Zane Kirchner (Cian Kelleher, half-time); Fergus McFadden (Tom Daly, 59), Brendan Macken (Michael McGrath, half-time), Steve Crosbie, Darragh Fanning (Sam Coghlan Murray, half-time); Jimmy Gopperth (Ian Madigan, half-time), Luke McGrath (Isaac Boss, half-time); Cian Healy (Michael Bent, half-time), Bryan Byrne (Tyrone Moran, 59), Mike Ross (Tadhg Furlong, 52), Kevin McLaughlin, Mike McCarthy (Ben Marshall, 46), Jack Conan (Tom Denton, half-time), Shane Jennings (Josh van der Flier, 59), Sean O’Brien CAPTAIN (Dan Leavy, 18-22 & 49; Gavin Thornbury, 64).

Ulster: Louis Ludik (Ricky Andrew, half-time); Michael Allen (Rory Scholes, 18-26), Jared Payne (Louis Ludik, 70), Stuart Olding (Rory Scholes, 38; Jacob Stockdale, 52), Craig Gilroy; Ian Humphreys (Sean O’Hagan, 49), Paul Marshall (Michael Heaney, 67); Andrew Warwick (Ruaidhri Murphy, half-time; Callum Black, 67), Rob Herring (John Andrew, 64), Wiehahn Herbst (Declan Fitzpatrick, 36; Bronson Ross, 67), Dan Tuohy (Neil McComb, 64), Franco van der Merwe (Alan O’Connor, 52; Lewis Stevenson, 67), Robbie Diack (Mike McComish, 71), Sean Reidy (Clive Ross, 55; Conor Joyce, 71), Roger Wilson (Nick Williams, half-time; Kyle McCall, 74).