Seven years ago, Leinster prevailed when they took on Ulster in the 2013 domestic decider and the reigning champions are favourites to repeat that outcome when the two sides lock horns in the Guinness Pro14 final at the Aviva Stadium in Saturday's 7.35pm kick-off.


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Defeat has become something of an alien concept for Leinster this season as the strength of their depth and selection options have shone through.

They won all 13 of their Pro14 matches and all six of their Heineken Champions Cup games prior to the coronavirus pandemic halting the campaign.

That form has not been dented since the season resumed in curtailed form either, with inter-pro wins over Munster and Ulster, before seeing off Munster again in last weekend's semi-finals.

Ulster, on the other hand, have had their ups and downs. They had the second-best record in Conference A behind Leinster but it was very much second best.

Madigan ensured Ulster's progression to the final

Eight wins and six defeats from their 15 league games points to inconsistency, although they will be buoyed by the resilience shown last Saturday in the semi-final as Ian Madigan's winning kick from range capped a stirring comeback against Edinburgh at Murrayfield. 

Similarly to Leinster, Ulster have an eye on the chance to grab a Champions Cup semi-final spot when they take on Toulouse on Sunday week on French soil.

Head to head record

Leinster have had the measure of Ulster in their meetings this season. Their last head-to-head came in the second week after the Pro14 resumed as Leinster ran out comfortable 28-10 winners at the end of August.

Prior to that encounter, they had also met back in December when Leinster prevailed 54-42 in a pulsating clash which saw tries rain in as Leo Cullen's side took a dominant lead heading into the final quarter before Ulster rallied somewhat with two tries in the last ten minutes at the RDS.

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Both sides have showed their hands when it comes to selection. With Saracens on the horizon next weekend in the Champions Cup, Cullen has left Johnny Sexton on the bench with Ross Byrne deputising in the 10 jersey alongside scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park in the starting XV.

Leinster also welcome back James Ryan, who returns from injury and will face off against Ireland second row partner Iain Henderson. The latter is back for Ulster to captain the side in his first final for his province since coming off the bench seven years ago.

Alby Mathewson will make his first start for Ulster at scrum-half with John Cooney on the bench.

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