Leinster 42 Ulster 14
Leinster secured their third Heineken Cup triumph in four years with a magnificent 42-14 victory over Ulster at Twickenham.
Despite a fine start from the lesser fancied outfit, scoring a well-earned three points through Ruan Pienaar, it was Leinster who dominated the rest of the half with converted tries from Sean O'Brien and Cian Healy, although a second Pienaar penalty reduced the deficit.
But they sealed the title with a penalty try and further touchdowns from Heinke Van der Merwe and Sean Cronin, with Jonathan Sexton adding three penalties.
The Belfast-based team responded through Dan Tuohy's try and another Pienaar three-pointer, but it wasn't enough.
Although they were very much stepping into unknown territory, appearing in their first European final since 1999, Ulster took the initiative from the kick-off.
Centre Darren Cave made an exquisite break to signal their intent before Pienaar kicked the Northern Irish province into a deserved lead.
However, the defending champions displayed their steel and eventually wrestled control. O'Brien showed his immense strength to barrel over from close range, Sexton converting, as Leinster took a 7-3 advantage.
The openside flanker was then involved in his team's second touchdown. After they had won a scrum against the head, Brian O'Driscoll spotted a gap before producing a magical off-load to the back-rower.
O'Brien was eventually brought down five metres from the line, but the ball was recycled out quickly to Healy who went over.
Sexton added the extras as the Dublin-based outfit began to dominate and, although Pienaar scored a late penalty, it was the holders who were in charge at the interval.
A third title looked even more assured when a rumbling rolling maul was cynically taken down by Tom Court. Referee Nigel Owens had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try as Leinster opened up a 21-6 lead.
The respective kickers then traded penalties before Tuohy gave Ulster hope with a try created by the brilliance of Paddy Wallace.
But their opponents responded in expected fashion with Sexton scoring two more three-pointers, the second coming after Stefan Terblanche had been sin-binned, to extend their advantage.
They added further gloss to the scoreline when Van der Merwe and Cronin went over late on, Fergus McFadden converting the latter, to seal yet another European crown.