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Friday, 27 September, 2002, 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
Doak show sinks Munster
Neil Doak's display could boost his chances of earning international recognition this season
Doak helped keep Ulster's Celtic League hopes alive
Ulster 26-17 Munster

Neil Doak was Ulster's hero as he scored all his side's points in a rip-roaring Irish provincial derby at Ravenhill on Friday night.

Doak scored two cracking tries, four penalties and a couple of conversions as he kept Ulster's Celtic League knock-out hopes alive.

Ulster dominated for long periods but had failed initially to turn possession into points.

Mistakes were rife, and Munster took advantage, particularly in the first half when they edged ahead 17-16.

With Ulster completely dominating in the set-pieces, Doak took over with his solo effort as Munster failed to disturb the scoreboard in the second half.

In a crackling opening few minutes, Doak converted a penalty after a Neil McMillan charge, while Jeremy Staunton floated over a dropped goal when Adam Larkin had failed to find touch.

Jonny Bell was replaced by Shane Stewart in the final quarter
Jonny Bell is bottled up by Munster

Munster then stole ahead in the ninth minute when an unfortunate bounce from a Killian Keane Garryowen deceived the Ulster defence and Jason Holland fed Mattie Lawlor for an easy try in the corner.

Three minutes later Munster stormed further ahead when Staunton rifled over a 40-metre penalty only for Doak to match it soon afterwards.

Ulster had full domination midway through the half, but once again were punished for a mistake when Munster countered from deep and Holland popped over a dropped goal.

Ulster were then reduced to 14 men when number 8 Tony McWhirter was sin-binned for punching Denis Leamy.

  Match details:
Ulster (26)
Tries: Doak 2
Pens: Doak 4
Cons: Doak 2
Munster (17)
Tries: Lawlor
Dg: Staunton, Holland
Pens: Staunton 2

There was a lively period on the run-up to the break with first Doak and Staunton trading penalties.

Then in the fourth minute of injury-time the Ulster scrum-half jinked his way over near the posts and added the conversion to leave just a point between the sides at the interval.

Ulster began to turn the screw in the third quarter, but despite having territorial advantage found it hard to find a way through the stubborn Munster defence.

With their set-piece in disarray, Munster finally buckled under the constant pressure in the 64th minute.

A neat three-quarter line move between Jonny Bell and Ryan Constable saw Doak run around on the sweep and sprint into the corner and adding the touchline conversion for good measure.

Doak ended his virtuoso performance with his fourth penalty in the 76th minute which ensured a home victory for the delighted 10,000 attendance.

Ulster: B Cunningham; J Topping; R Constable, J Bell, T Howe; A Larkin, N Doak; J Fitzpatrick, M Sexton, R Kempson, M Blair, J Davidson, capt, W Brosnihan, N McMillan, T McWhirter.
Replacements: P Shields for Sexton (54), N Best for Brosnihan (80), P Johns for Davidson (58), S Young for Topping (34), S Stewart for Bell (74).

Munster: J Staunton; D Crotty; M Mullins, J Holland, M Lawlor; K Keane, M Prendergast; M Horan, J Blaney, R Laffan, M Galwey, capt, M O'Driscoll, D O'Callaghan, D Leamy, E Halvey.
Replacements: J Fogarty for Blaney (72), S Kerr for Laffan (65), T Hogan for Halvey (80), C McMahon for Galwey (72), D Malone for Prendergast (61).

Referee: P Adams (WRU).

Ulster's Neil Doak
"We knew what we had to do"

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