Date Time Competition Season
29 October 2022 5:15 pm United Rugby Championship 2022/23

Match Report

Ulster victorious in Thomond InterPro

Ulster survived a second half siege by Munster at a raucous Thomond Park as they held on to win by just one, precious point, 15-14.

The one-point score hadn’t looked at all likely when Ulster stormed into a 15-3 advantage but were pegged back by a resilient Munster.

Despite losing flanker, Sean Reffel, to injury in the warmup, it proved a blessing in disguise for Ulster as his replacement, Jordi Murphy, opened the scoring with a well-taken try from a driving maul.

Nathan Doak missed the conversion and Munster’s 10, Jack Crowley reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a penalty on ten minutes.

Ulster’s maul was causing carnage and hooker Tom Stewart surged over the line to score their second try, Doak off target again with the conversion in blustery conditions.

David McCann had a try disallowed for the visitors before Munster centre, Malakai Fekitowa was sin-binned for a reckless elbow out at McCann.

Ulster made the man advantage count as another well-executed maul gave James Hume the space to sprint in, on half time, for their third try.

Prop Rory Sutherland was introduced for his Ulster debut at the interval and with Crowley slotting a further two penalties, Dan McFarland’s side were penned in going into the final quarter.

A raucous Thomond Park crowd had more to cheer when Ulster replacement, Cormac Izuchukwu, was yellow carded for impeding.

Like Ulster before them, Munster capitalised on the extra man with winger Shane Daly, freed by a gorgeous pass from sub-Simon Zebo, galloping over in the corner.

That made it 14-15 and with Thomond on a knife-edge, Crowley’s conversion agonisingly rebounded back off the post, keeping Ulster ahead.

Evan O’Connell made history as Munster’s youngest ever player during his late cameo, but it was another Ulster flanker, Duane Vermaulen, who made himself a hero. He won a penalty with the clock red, and Ulster breathed a sigh of almighty relief.


15Mike Haley Full-Back
14Shane Daly Winger 65'
13Malakai Fekitoa Centre 38'
12Rory Scannell Centre
11Patrick Campbell 23 Winger
10Jack Crowley Fly-Half 9', 48', 54'
9Patrick Patterson 21 Scrum-Half
1Dave Kilcoyne Prop
2Diarmuid Barron 16 Hooker
3John Ryan 18 Prop
4Edwin Edogbo 19 Lock
5Eoin O’Connor 20 Lock
6Jack O’Donoghue Flanker
7John Hodnett Flanker
8Alex Kendellen 17 No. 8
16Niall Scannell 2 Hooker
17Josh Wycherley 8 Forward
18Roman Salanoa 3 Prop
19Evan O’Connell 4 Lock
20Cian Hurley 5 Lock
21Neil Cronin 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Healy Back
23Simon Zebo 11 Winger


15Stewart Moore Full-Back
14Ben Moxham Winger
13James Hume Centre 41'
12Luke Marshall 22 Centre
11Ethan McIlroy Winger
10Billy Burns Fly-Half
9Nathan Doak 21 Scrum-Half
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Tom Stewart 16 Hooker 13'
3Marty Moore Prop
4Alan O’Connor Lock
5Sam Carter 19 Lock
6David McCann 20 Flanker
7Jordi Murphy Flanker 4'
8Duane Vermeulen No. 8
16John Andrew 2 Hooker
17Rory Sutherland 1 Prop
18Gareth Milasinovich Prop
19Cormac Izuchukwu 5 Lock 63'
20Matty Rea 6 No. 8
21John Cooney 9 Scrum-Half
22Angus Curtis 12 Fly-Half
23Craig Gilroy Winger

Past Meetings

36 - 17
United Rugby Championship
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 16)
17 - 24
United Rugby Championship
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 10)
18 - 13
United Rugby Championship
Thomond Park

Munster v Ulster

(Round 1)
5 - 50
Women's Senior Interprovincials
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 10)
15 - 10
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster


Thomond Park
Thomond Park, Limerick City, County Limerick, V94 PD28, Ireland

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