Munster alternative fly-half Ben Healy kicked the match-winning conversion in harm time moments after scoring his crew’s second attempt
|Ulster (9) 14|
|Tries: Baloucoune Pens: Cooney 3|
|Munster (0) 15|
|Tries: Patterson, Healy Cons: Healy Pens: Healy|
Munster snatched a 15-14 victory over Ulster within the United Rugby Championship as Ben Healy’s injury-time attempt to conversion surprised the house facet.
Three John Cooney penalties put Ulster 9-0 up at half-time after a scrappy opening 40 minutes.
Paddy Patterson’s Forty sixth-minute attempt lower the margin earlier than Robert Baloucoune’s rating put Ulster 9 forward as soon as extra.
However Healy’s 74th-minute penalty lower Ulster’s lead earlier than stress yielded the alternative’s last-gasp scores.
Jack Crowley’s sensational line break from his personal 10-metre line to the sting of the Ulster 22 arrange Munster’s match-clinching rating as they had been camped on the house crew’s line earlier than Healy lastly broke the resistance.
Healy nonetheless needed to collect himself to fit the conversion from simply to the facet of the posts and made no mistake to the plain delight of Munster coach Graham Rowntree.
Moore harm compounds Ulster distress
Munster’s failure to beat an understrength Leinster on Boxing Day was one other setback in a season of battle to this point however this victory will transfer them up the desk after they began the sport in eleventh place.
A desperately disappointing night for Ulster – who had been third within the desk firstly of play – included prop Marty Moore being stretchered off within the first half after sustaining a severe trying harm to his proper leg.
Regardless of Munster’s large effort after half-time, Baloucoune’s 68th-minute attempt, arrange by Stuart McCloskey’s magnificent 30-yard cross, appeared set to make sure the house crew’s victory however the guests displayed large resilience to struggle again to safe a victory that they deserved.
Munster went into the content material minus their forwards large weapons Tadhg Beirne and Peter O’Mahony as they made six adjustments from the irritating defeat on the RDS.
As has been the case for a lot of the marketing campaign, Munster had been hindered by indiscipline within the first half as Cooney punished indiscretions by slotting penalties within the thirteenth, twentieth and twenty fifth minutes.
The house facet then appeared to have struck a giant psychological blow late within the first half as they repelled intense stress to stay 9-0 up on the break regardless of having hooker Tom Stewart yellow carded.
Robert Baloucoune’s 68th-minute attempt appeared to secured Ulster victory however Munster had different concepts
However with Stewart nonetheless within the bin, Munster resumed the place that they had left off and scrum-half Patterson lastly burst the dam by scampering over the road within the forty fourth minute though Crowley, who began at fly-half earlier than switching to centre late on, hit an upright together with his conversion.
Regardless of spectacular breakdown work and carrying by back-row pair, Gavin Coombes and Alex Kendellen, Munster had been unable to take advantage of additional stress and Ulster appeared to have punished this within the 68th minute as Baloucoune, again within the facet for the primary time since October, ran in his attempt after McCloskey’s lengthy cross had taken out two defenders.
Nathan Doak, by now on for Cooney who had box-kicked fantastically along with slotting his factors, narrowly missed the conversion from the touchline which in the end proved necessary.
Munster opted for a assured three factors as Healy kicked his 74th-minute – as a substitute of going for the nook – and it proved an impressed determination as Crowley’s sensational break two minutes later led to their additional intense stress which was completed off by the alternative fly-half’s decisive scores.
Ulster: S Moore; Baloucoune, Hume, McCloskey, Stockdale; Burns, Cooney; Sutherland, Stewart, M Moore; Treadwell, Henderson (capt); Jones, Reffell, Vermeulen.
Replacements: Andrew, O’Sullivan, Milasinovich, Carter, Murphy, Doak, Flannery, McIlroy.
Munster: Haley; Daly, Frisch, Fekitoa, Earls; Crowley, Patterson; Kilcoyne, Scannell, Salanoa; Kleyn, McDonald; O’Donoghue (capt), Kendellen, Coombes.
Replacements: Buckley, Wycherley, Archer, Hurley, O’Sullivan, Murray, Healy, Campbell.