A highly entertaining match at Musgrave Park between Ulster and Munster went right down to the wire.
In the first match in four weeks for both teams following the break for the Autumn Internationals, Humphreys' early drop goal effort with the game less than a minute old went wide of the posts. However Ulster's confidence grew throughout the half and converted tries for Andrew Trimble, playing in the centre and winger Tommy Bowe added to two penalties for Humphreys built a 17 point lead by the half-time break with Munster's three points coming from a Ronan O'Gara penalty on 13 minutes.
Ulster lock Justin Harrison was sent to the sin-bin just before the break after the referee, Alain Rolland adjudged him to have made a dangerous tackle on O'Gara.
Half-time score: Munster 3 - 20 Ulster
The second half started badly for Ulster with Kieran Campbell forced to leave the field with a hand injury and his replacement Isaac Boss sin-binned after less than a minute for a professional foul, playing the ball on the ground under the posts.
Down to 13 men for several minutes with Justin Harrison not yet returned to the field from his dismissal before half-time, Paul Steinmetz stepped in to cover the scrum-half duties and when Harrison returned Neil McMillan moved to the mid-field for a short time.
However, Munster failed to score any points during this period, hooker Jerry Flannery's try in the 62nd minute coming after Uster had been restored to 15 men. O'Gara converted the try to put Munster back into the game. Munster 10 - 20 Ulster.
Munster continued to pressure Ulster's lead and flanker David Wallace made their second touch down less than five minutes later. O'Gara converted to put the home side within three point of the visitors.
Munster continued to pressure the visitors right up to the final whistle but Ulster's defence held up to give them a crucial away win in the Celtic League.
Final Score: Munster 17 - 20 Ulster
Ulster Coach Mark McCall; "We played 20 minutes with 14 men and I thought the team did brilliantly. Munster played very well in the second half, they came at us hard and it's not easy to come here and get an away win". "This will stand us in good stead going into Europe next week". "To single out any player tonight would be wrong, the team effort was huge and everyone gave everything."
Ulster take on Saracens next week in Round 3 of the Heineken Cup at Ravenhill - Friday 9th December, DON'T MISS IT!
|Munster Rugby Score Card|
|Ulster Rugby Score Card|