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Ulster beat Leinster back-to-back for first time since 2013

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Leinster players after their defeat in the United Rugby Championship match between Ulster and Leinster at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Ulster made it a rare double over Leinster after beating the reigning URC champions 18-13 on a rain-swept night in Belfast which brought the top two teams in the league together for this rearranged fixture.

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First-half tries from Sam Carter and Michael Lowry ensured Ulster earned themselves the four points, and their first home and away wins over the southern Irish province since 2013, with Nathan Doak kicking a conversion and penalty.

Max Deegan scored Leinster’s try, with Ross Byrne converting and adding two penalties, his second being the only score of the entire second half, the losing bonus point keeping the champions top of the table.

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After eight minutes, Carter scored close in to the line to get the home side moving, with Doak converting.

Byrne narrowed UIster’s lead through a penalty four minutes later.

With the visitors looking more composed, Leinster scored next after two penalties led to pick and goes on the Ulster line with Deegan eventually scoring near the posts, allowing Byrne to convert.

The scores then ended up tied with a Doak penalty on 31 minutes.

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Ulster were back in the lead shortly afterwards when Lowry and Robert Baloucoune combined with Lowry impressively surging through for an unconverted score.

The half ended with Doak going for goal after Leinster were penalised at a breakdown, with the scrum-half slotting the kick to give Ulster an 18-10 half-time lead.

Byrne slotted his second penalty of the game just one minute after the restart to cut Ulster’s lead to five points.

After that, Leinster managed to put themselves into scoring positions on several occasions but big tackles from Baloucoune and Billy Burns helped Ulster keep their line intact.

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