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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- 19th May 2012
- KO 17:00
- Ground: Twickenham
- Att: 81,774
Leinster v Ulster - Live!
80 MCFADDEN CONVERSION! 42-14! It's over. Leinster become only the second team to retain the Heineken Cup trophy after beating Ulster. It was an impressive performance that had clinical written all over it. Thanks for joining us. It's been a pleasure.
79 CRONIN TRY! 40-14! More is piled on by Heineken Cup champions Leinster. Numbers were there on the left and it is a simple run in for the replacement hooker.
77 McFadden misses the conversion.
76 VAN DER MERWE TRY! 35-14! The blue flags are flying high. It is relentless from the champions as Cronin finds the South African prop wide on the right.
74 SEXTON PENALTY! 30-14! That will do Leinster nicely.
73 TERBLANCHE YELLOW! The ex-Bok tip tackles Cronin.
71 Leinster are looking to add the gloss here as they go through the phases on the 22. Sexton is the man taking on the defence this time before they go to slow-ball tactics.
69 A few more changes to mention as Ulster's Faloon, Marshall and Leinster's Cronin and White come on for the final ten minutes or so. Substitute Humphreys limps off.
68 SEXTON PENALTY! 27-14! Rory Best has gone off his feet at the breakdown and that sound of the whistle is music to the ears for those aforementioned fans. But the sight of O'Driscoll limping to the sideline is not. He has been replaced by David Kearney.
65 So then, ten points is the margin here at Twickenham as Heineken Cup champions Leinster look to extend that in any way they can, attacking on the Ulster 22. Maybe a drop-goal is on the cards here from Sexton as their travelling supporters raise the volume.
62 Your eyes aren't deceiving you, Pienaar misses from wide out.
61 TUOHY TRY! 24-14! It finally comes. Wallace did superbly to beat a man on the left before offloading to his big lock. We have ourselves a game ladies and gents.
60 They aren't done yet though and manage to reclaim possession soon after. Five metres from a score now! Stolen! Unbelievable work at the breakdown from Leinster.
58 They do have a penalty right in front, fifteen out so it will be interesting to see what they do. Maybe a shot is a good idea just to put them almost within touching distance, but they choose the scrum. How they must regret that decision now as Wannenburg fumbles on a run.
56 Big moment here for Ulster as Tuohy has a run, taking them to within fifteen metres now. They simply must score a full seven here if they are going to claw their way back.
54 A replacement to mention that was missed earlier as Ian Humphreys has been called upon after that penalty try, replacing Jackson at fly-half. Ulster scrum, 20 out.
52 SEXTON PENALTY! 24-9! Well, Leinster strike right back.
49 PIENAAR PENALTY! 21-9! Thanks to a high-tackle from O'Brien, Ulster get some much-needed points on the board via their reliable South African scrum-half.
48 The scoreboard makes for painful viewing for Ulster's supporters as Leinster are surely now on their way to three titles in four years. Ulster line-out on halfway as they desperately look for any way back into this final. In all honesty, Leinster don't look like being breached.
47 SEXTON CONVERSION! 21-6! From in front, one result.
46 PENALTY TRY! 19-6! But they won't get an attacking chance just yet and in fact it's a penalty try awarded by Owens following a fine driving maul from the champ.
43 Ulster get the ball back though as Pienaar boxes into opposition territory. But all that does is allow Leinster and McFadden to counter. Get set for Ulster to gamble a lot more.
Secon-half Welcome back to the action. Leinster lead this one with two tries scored but the game is not over just yet. Leinster come out strong to try and prove me wrong.
40 PIENAAR PENALTY! 14-6! That is that for the first 40 minutes then at Twickenham as Pienaar has the final say from distance. It was a good half for Leinster, who go in ahead. Join us again in a few minutes for the second-half. Can Ulster continue their comeback?
39 One person who you wouldn't expect to make a mistake just has. Stefan Terblanche doesn't hold Andrew Trimble's offload as frustration continues to increase in the Ulster camp. They need the break to discuss with coach Brian McLaughlin what needs to be done.
37 Oh dear, Jackson has just missed an easy drop-goal attempt from right in front. It was a case of getting points on the board from the youngster but it's backfired.
35 Ulster have to strike next and before the break if possible. They have the possession and territory which is the first thing as Pienaar assesses the situation in front of him. Fifteen metres out now thanks to Afoa and Ferris' power on the charge. Massive moment.
32 SEXTON CONVERSION! 14-3! Another two for Leinster.
31 HEALY TRY! 12-3! With over half-an-hour played we enter a key period of the game before the break. And cometh the half-hour, cometh the man as O'Driscoll offloads well to allow O'Brien room to run. Here comes the recycled ball with numbers on the left and they're in!
29 One in the win column for loosehead Tom Court as Mike Ross is penalised at scrum-time by referee Owens, with the whistle music to the ears of the Ulster pack. The Ravenhill outfit edge into opposition territory for the first time in what will feel like an age for their supporters.
26 Ulster manage to weather that storm then with good cover defence but are not out of the woods just yet as they go off their feet on halfway. This is out of Sexton's range so they push play up to the 22. How much would Joe Schmidt love another score on the tally here?
23 Brave from Strauss on his own five-metre as he goes long before he's in the thick of it again down the other end of the field. This is classic Leinster as BOD joins the action while Ulster back-peddle. And they just about save a try in the end as Nacewa is bundled into touch.
21 Ball is finally back with Ulster as we move into the second quarter of this Heineken Cup Final. Here is Wannenburg on a run over halfway before Henry has it on the left.
19 We have a spell of kick-tennis at Twickenham that ends with Kearney deciding enough is enough and takes contact on halfway. You can feel the tension around HQ.
16 Sexton misses a penalty from 45 metres and it was a bad miss from the number ten. Ulster fans love that one and so will their team as they escape going seven down.
14 SEXTON CONVERSION! 7-3! No mistake from the fly-half.
13 O'BRIEN TRY! 5-3! And so it proves. Leinster get over from close-range and it is flanker O'Brien who powers to the whitewash following consultation with the TMO.
12 First test at the line-out for Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss and it doesn't go well as it isn't held at the tail. So then, Ulster have a chance to clear their lines from the resulting scrum...well, they did until the ball is turned over. A big moment in the game here one senses.
10 A strong start from Ulster then as Leinster finally get some possession on halfway. Here is Mike Ross, Isa Nacewa and now Cullen, taking them to within 35 metres.
7 PIENAAR PENALTY! 0-3! Ulster have the lead at Twickenham. It was side entry from Leinster and that man Pienaar does not miss from this sort of range. From about 20 metres to the left of the posts the scrum-half makes no mistake. First blood to Ulster here.
5 What about this? Darren Cave splits the defence and could go all the way here if he can beat Kearney. It doesn't happen as Leinster have now stolen it through Cullen.
3 Ulster earn themselves a scrum just inside opposition territory and from there, Ireland international Stephen Ferris gets his first chance to show what he is capable off. And that leads to a penalty for the men in white, which goes deeper into the Leinster half.
Kick-off Here we go with Nigel Owens taking charge of what should be an epic final at HQ. Ulster get things underway with the sides wearing their customary blue and white.
Team news Ulster have decided to retain youngster Paddy Jackson at fly-half while openside flanker Chris Henry and tighthead prop John Afoa return from injury and suspension respectively. Meanwhile, Leinster have passed centre duo Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy fit for the big showdown. Kevin McLaughlin is preferred to Shane Jennings on the blindside flank.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Twickenham for the Heineken Cup Final. Anticipation and excitement has been growing all day around the stadium as this all-Irish affair promises so much in terms of passion and drama. Team news is coming up for both Ulster and Leinster, with the reigning champions hoping to claim back-to-back European club titles.
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