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Munster 35-10 Ulster

Munster (6) 35
Tries: Hurley, O'Donnell, Murphy, Mafi Cons: Warwick 3 Pens: Warwick 3
Ulster (10) 10
Try: Anderson Con: Wallace Pen: Wallace


Highlights of Munster's 35-10 victory over Ulster at Thomond Park

Munster moved 11 points clear at the top of the Magners League after an impressive bonus-point win in Limerick.

Ulster had the better of the first half and a superb Thomas Anderson try helped them to a 10-6 lead at the break.

Munster dominated the second half with Denis Hurley's try moving the hosts ahead after 52 minutes.

Ulster's defence crumbled in the last seven minutes as Munster surged clear through tries from Tommy O'Donnell, Barry Murphy and Lifeimi Mafi.

Munster were forced into a late change with ill lock Ian Nagle being replaced in the line-up by Billy Holland, who came in at flanker with Donnacha Ryan moving to the second row.

Ulster were brushed aside by Leinster on Monday but they were no pushovers in the first half at Thomond Park.

Munster fly-half Paul Warwick sliced wide an early penalty but his opposite number Paddy Wallace made no mistake with his ninth minute effort.

Ulster's impressive try came three minutes later, the move starting from a line-out and the visitors cut through the Munster ranks with Tommy Seymour and Willie Faloon involved before Anderson touched down.

Barry Murphy goes over for Munster's third try
Barry Murphy goes over for Munster's third try

Wallace converted to give Ulster a perfect start but Warwick fired over a penalty to reduce the gap to seven.

Warwick missed with his third penalty attempt before Ulster scrum-half Paul Marshall was held up just of the line after bursting clear.

Munster cleared the danger but Ulster were playing the better rugby and proving to be the more dangerous side.

Warwick kicked his second penalty before Wallace was off target with a penalty just before the break.

Munster upped their urgency and intensity on the restart and Warwick made it a one-point game with a 44th minute penalty.

The hosts moved in front eight minutes later after Scott Deasy's darting break was held up, only for the ball to be shifted wide to Hurley and the winger sprinted over in the corner.

Warwick failed with the conversion but Munster were now in total control and they made a series of assaults on the line, resulting in Ulster infringements and the sin-binning of replacement Neil McComb for illegally brining down a maul.

Munster had to wait to the 74th minute for their second try, with O'Donnell driving over from close range.

A Marshall fumble let in Murphy four minutes later, the replacement pouncing on the mistake and kicking on before touching down.

Munster wing Doug Howlett was sin-binned for killing Ulster ball before the the bonus point was secured with the last move of the game.

Keith Earls made the decisive break and Mafi strolled over for the fourth try.

Warwick converted all three late tries to take his tally to 15 points.

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin:
"The scoreline is disappointing but we defended our line with pride and it was a good learning experience for a lot of our young players.

"We turned over the ball at vital times and Munster proved too strong for us.

"We've got some pluses and there were some great individual performances."

Munster: S Deasy, D Howlett, K Earls, S Tuitupou, D Hurley, P Warwick, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, P Borlase, D Ryan, M O'Driscoll, B Holland, N Ronan, D Leamy (cpt).

Replacements: Mafi for Tuitupou (56), B Murphy for D Hurley (76), O'Leary for Stringer (53), D Hurley for du Preez (72), Flannery for Varley (53), Buckley for Borlase (51), Butler for Holland (76), O'Donnell for Ronan (72).

Ulster: J Smith, T Seymour, I Whitten, L Marshall, S Danielli, P Wallace, P Marshall; B Young, R Best (cpt), D Fitzpatrick, T Barker, R Caldwell, TJ Anderson, W Faloon, R Diack.

Replacements: Mcllwaine for Smith (71), Kyriacou for Best (79), Court for Fitzpatrick (40), McComb for Barker (40), Henry for Diack (51).
Not Used: Botha, Porter, Jackson.

Att: 20,000

Ref: Dudley Phillips (RFU).

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see also
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Munster v Ulster photos
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27 Dec 10 |  Irish
Ulster 13-30 Leinster
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