Home triumph for Ulster over Munster

Ulster 29-19 Munster
Published Friday, 03 January 2014
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Ulster got the better of RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Munster at Ravenhill, bagging a vital and hard-fought victory to move back into the top four of the competition on Friday night.

Home triumph for Ulster over Munster
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.

© UTV News
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bill in belfast wrote (206 days ago):
Great win for ulster, munsters pack almost won it in the end! Felt the ref let munster away with far too much. Shame some of the munster fans had they're cars vandalised though, always scumbags trying to spoil things. SUFTUM
peter in lisburn wrote (206 days ago):
A great win by Ulster. Munster have a pack which is awesome. Ulster have the backs. Payne was my man of the match. Great awareness and marshals everyone so well. The ref. - well what can I say. HE WAS POOR in the extreme. I believe Alain Rolland thinks that he should be the star of the show. His decisions or lack of them meant that Munster were always able to give backchat and this affected his control of the game. He is a poor International Referee and should be given a red card. His assistants were poor as well. Their positioning was awful and they were reluctant to talk to Mr. Rolland. It was as if Alain ruled so I will not bother him. In spite of this triumvirate the game was exciting and a credit to Irish Provincial Rugby. Pity that O'Connell had so much puff left at the end of the game to decide to referee the game himself. He is an icon in Irish rugby and and his attitude throughout the game did not do him any credit. WELL DONE ULSTER and good luck against Montpelier
w logan in ballyclare wrote (207 days ago):
superb performance by Ulster, v poor performance by the ref, did Ulster no favours
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