With Leicester Tigers and Ulster Rugby meeting in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-finals on April 30, we take a look back at the last time these former European champions faced off in 2019. 

Leicester 13 Ulster 14 

Ulster battled from 13 points behind to earn a narrow win at Welford Road and secure a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster Rugby in the process. 

It took 31 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and the points went to Leicester, after Ulster were penalised at the breakdown and George Ford punished them. 

Leicester extended that advantage just before the break, when Matt Toomua dotted down after a superb kick behind the Ulster defence from Ford. 

The fly-half then slotted the conversion and drilled another penalty through the posts early in the second half to put Leicester well ahead. 

However, that penalty seemed to spark Ulster into life and they got back into the match when Marty Moore was bundled over the line after a powerful driving maul. The crucial conversion was made by John Cooney, making it a one-score game. 

Soon afterwards, the turnaround was complete when Billy Burns delivered a delightful kick behind the Leicester defence and Robert Baloucoune swooped and dived over by the posts. 

That proved crucial as it allowed Cooney to pop over the easy conversion and give Ulster a lead that they wouldn’t sacrifice again, despite late Leicester pressure. 

  • You can watch Leicester Tigers v Ulster Rugby on Friday 30 April at 20:00 (UK and Irish time time) from Mattioli Woods Welford Road, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.