Details

Date Time Competition Season
22 April 2022 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Munster Magic in Ravenhill

14 points from the boot of Joey Carbery powered Munster to a crucial 17-24 against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium in the United Rugby Championship.

The win sees the visitors earn a crucial win in the race for a home quarter-final in the United Rugby Championship playoffs, and sees Munster move into third place ahead Ulster on points difference.

Munster produced a superb defensive display to limit Ulster to just three first half points, and despite losing the territory battle in second half they kept Ulster to just two tries to earn their first win at Kingspan Stadium since 2017.

The win also sees Munster do the double over Dan McFarland’s team for the first time since the 2016-17 season, despite being without several players including Peter O’Mahony, Simon Zebo and Niall Scannell.

As for Ulster, they were off colour throughout the first 40 minutes as Munster took a 3-15 lead into the break. The Ulstermen fought back as they reduce the deficit to 17-21 late in the game, before Carbery iced the game with just seconds remaining on the clock. 

The evening started promisingly for Ulster however, as John Cooney kicked his 793rd point in Ulster colours to give the hosts an early 3-0 lead. That proved to be Ulster’s only lead of the evening as Carbery slotted over his first of the game moments later.

Munster quickly claimed the lead as Stephen Archer crashed over from close range to make it 3-10, before Keith Earls raced in unopposed to score his 61st try in Munster colours to make it 3-15 at the break.

The visitors picked up where they left off as Carbery added his second penalty of the game to make it 3-18 early in the second half. However, Ulster threatened a fightback as Rob Herring scored his 31st try for Ulster to reduce the deficit to 10-18.

The hosts spent much of the second period inside Munster’s half, but couldn’t find a way through a determined Munster line, before Carbery made it 10-21 with his third penalty of the game.

Nevertheless, Ulster set up a thrilling conclusion as Sean Reidy powered over from close range to reduce the deficit to 17-21, before Carbery iced the game with a 79th minute penalty. 

The loss means that the hosts have now lost successive games at Kingspan Stadium for the first time this season, and have now lost their last three matches against Munster for the first time since 2017. 

Ulster

15Stewart Moore 22 Full-Back
14Robert Baloucoune Winger
13James Hume Centre
12Stuart McCloskey Centre
11Ethan Mcilroy Winger
10Michael Lowry Fly-Half
9John Cooney 21 Scrum-Half 48'
8'
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Rob Herring 16 Hooker 47'
3Marty Moore 18 Prop
4Alan O’Connor Lock
5Iain Henderson 19 Lock
6Matty Rea 20 Flanker
7Jordi Murphy Flanker
8Nick Timoney No. 8
16Bradley Roberts 2 Hooker
17Eric O’Sullivan 1 Prop
18Gareth Milasinovich 3 Prop
19Sam Carter 5 Lock
20Sean Reidy 6 Flanker 74'
21Nathan Doak 9 Back 75'
22Ian Madigan 15 Fly-Half
23Ben Moxham Back

Munster

15Mike Haley Full-Back
14Keith Earls Winger 28'
13Chris Farrell Centre
12Damian DeAllende Centre
11Shane Daly Winger
10Joey Carbery Fly-Half 24'
12', 44', 60', 79'
9Craig Casey 21 Scrum-Half
1Jeremy Loughman 17 Prop
2Diarmuid Barron Hooker
3Stephen Archer 18 Prop 23'
4Jean Kleyn 20 Lock
5Jason Jenkins 19 Lock
6Jack O’Donoghue Flanker
7John Hodnett 23 Flanker
8Alex Kendellen No. 8
16Scott Buckley 23 Hooker
17Josh Wycherley 1 Forward
18John Ryan 3 Prop
19Thomas Ahern 5 Lock
20Fineen Wycherley 4 Lock
21Conor Murray 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Healy Back
23Chris Cloete 16 Flanker

Past Meetings

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

Munster v Ulster

(Round 1)
5:00 pm
Women's Interprovincials
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 10)
15 - 10
PRO14
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

Ground

Kingspan Stadium
Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT6 0BW, United Kingdom