Second half comeback against Leicester earns quarter-final spot for Ulster

Matt Toomua's try went in vain for Leicester Tigers
Matt Toomua's try went in vain for Leicester Tigers
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Leicester Tigers 13-14 Ulster, Welford Road
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Ulster came from behind to edge out Leicester Tigers 13-14 at Welford Road on Saturday to seal a quarter-final berth in the ongoing Heineken Champions Cup.

Ulster with the win finished second in Pool 3 with 22 points and now will face Leinster at Aviva Stadium while Leicester Tigers' disappointing campaign comes to an end with a solitary win from six games.

After the first half hour went without a point, George Ford kicked a 32nd minute penalty to kick-start the proceedings for the Tigers and at the stroke of half-time, Matt Toomua capitalised on a fantastic kick from the fly-half to cross over as the teams went into the break with a 10-0 scoreline.

Ford further stretched Leicester's lead to 13 points with another penalty goal in the 50th minute before Ulster finally found a breakthrough when Marty Moore powered over the try line after a driving maul. A conversion from John Mooney reduced the gap to six points.

With 16 minutes left in the game, Robert Baloucoune strolled over the try line and Cooney kicked the decisive conversion to complete a thrilling one point victory.

 

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