The defending champions will be able to defend their title this year after they booked yet another Guinness Pro14 final spot, beating Ulster on Saturday 38-19.
Ulster had a great start getting into an early lead of 12-3 through tries by Marcell Coetzee and Robert Baloucoune.
Another yellow card for the home side saw Leinster hit back with tries from Michael Bent, Ed Byrne and Josh Van der Flier.
Ulster would have thought that they had the champions a bit against the wall but like any true championship side Leinster knew to stick to their guns and the point sill come.
It was Bent that went over first for the champions and three minutes later O’Reilly broke through the defence which saw McCloskey send to the bin.
From there Van der Flier took a tap-and-go penalty to get over for Leinster and after being up against it for most of the game Leinster took the lead.
Then disaster struck for Ulster when Warwick got a red card and Coetzee left the field with a hamstring injury.
With the momentum with Leinster, Ulster struggled to keep their defensive lines and the champions created space which eventually saw Byrne extending their lead just before halftime.
Ulster was desperate to get back into the match with 14-men and almost did that when Baloucoune thought he scored but McCloskey obstructing a tackler and the try was not given.
A few minutes later Ruddock got over for the fourth try to end the contest really and give Leinster a bonus point.
Two more yellow cards came out of the referee’s pocket one for Ruddock and one for Izuchukwu who was the fifth yellow card of the day. Timoney got a try for Ulster before Sheehan added the final try of the match.
|Ulster (12) 19|
|Tries: Coetzee, Baloucoune, Timoney Con: Cooney, Lowry|
|Leinster (24) 38|
|Tries: Bent, Van der Flier, E Byrne, Ruddock, Sheehan Cons: R Byrne 5 Pen: R Byrne|
|Mar 6, 2021||9:30 pm||PRO14 2020/2021||GUINNESS PRO14 2020/2021||90'|