Leinster’s winning run came to an agonising end on Friday as they were beaten by a late Mark Bennett try in a 29-24 Pro14 defeat to Edinburgh.
However, Bennett – on the end of a Jaco van der Walt chip that was touched down by Glenn Bryce – crossed with two minutes remaining and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converted to put the match beyond Leinster, who go level on points with Conference B leaders the Scarlets thanks to their two bonus points.
Ulster are now eight points adrift of the top two after they subjected the sorry Southern Kings to another thumping defeat at the Kingspan Stadium – a match that saw Joy Neville become the first woman to referee a Pro14 fixture.
The hosts racked up nine tries in a 59-10 demolition, although the seventh came at a cost, with Rob Lyttle left writhing in agony with a hamstring injury after running the length of the pitch.
The Dragons missed out on a first Pro14 win since September as they were held to a 15-15 draw by Conference A leaders Glasgow Warriors, while Connacht beat the Ospreys 26-15 following back-to-back defeats.
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