Published Friday, 03 January 2014
Munster's Felix Jones misses the tackle to let Darren Cave in for an Ulster try (© Presseye)
Ruan Pienaar ended the night kicking five penalties. He also converted the first-half tries from Jared Payne and Darren Cave to claim a 19-point haul on the night.
Ulster scored a sensational try off a Munster turnover with Payne burning Paul O'Connell and setting Andrew Trimble free before Cave came in at an angle to score in the same corner where John Afoa had been denied a few minutes earlier.
It meant Ulster were leading 20-0 just before half-time.
But Munster battled back with tries from Ivan Dineen, Dave Kilcloyne and James Coughlan to close at one stage to 23-19 in what was an exciting contest.
With 10 minutes remaining Pienaar slotted his fourth penalty to again nudge Ulster further in front.
But Munster came again and were held up at the line before Ulster turned them over in a five-metre scrum courtesy of Afoa.
At the end of the game, Ulster held their nerve and Pienaar kicked his final penalty in the last minute as O'Connell was sin-binned for back-chat, allowing the home side to recover from their defeat to Leinster last week.
The win comes ahead of two weekends of defining Heineken Cup action for Ulster who are top of Pool Five and the only unbeaten side in Europe.
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