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

Match Report

URC: Ulster advance to semi-final

Ulster advanced to the URC semi-finals with a stunning 36-17, James Hume inspired, annihilation of Munster at the Kingspan Stadium.

First half tries from John Cooney and a Stewart Moore brace along with Jean Kleyn’s score saw the hosts 19-7 up at the break. Nick Timoney, Hume and a Keith Earls double in the second half concluded an absorbing match won by Dan McFarland’s side.

The hosts began like a team keen to avenge their only home league defeat, inflicted by the visitors. They won a penalty deep in Munster territory and Hume caught the visitors sleeping when he took a quick tap and played in John Cooney who scored and converted for 7-0.

Munster replied when Jean Kleyn got over and after the game’s first quarter, it was level. Robert Baloucoune then made a try-saving tackle on Joey Carbery and two minutes later, Ulster had regained the advantage. Stewart Moore, in at full back, glided through, exchanged passes with Ethan Mcilroy and scored under the posts.

After concerted pressure from the hosts, backed by a boisterous Belfast crowd, Moore swiftly scored again, dotting down in the corner after Hume’s accurate pass reached him. That put Ulster 19-7 ahead at half time.

Two minutes after the interval, Hume punctured yet another hole in the Munster defence, his nifty break and pass allowing Nick Timoney to hare in. Cooney converted and it was 26-7.

Munster bit back applying pressure and Cooney was relieved that Gavin Coombes’ try was disallowed by the TMO given it was his botched clearance kick which was charged down. After a knock on then, Keith Earls did extremely well to finish tightly from a narrow angle.

Cooney landed a penalty to make the game beyond two tries before Hume, set up by Billy Burns, got over the line after a sprawling finish which his performance warranted. Earls scored again, ten minutes from time, but by then McFarland’s team had done enough, 36-17 ahead.

For Ulster, the semi-finals await. Munster will rue just where this poor a performance came from.

Ulster

15Stewart Moore Full-Back 24', 33'
14Robert Baloucoune Winger
13James Hume Centre 61'
12Stuart McCloskey Centre
11Ethan Mcilroy 23 Winger
10Billy Burns 22 Fly-Half
9John Cooney 21 Scrum-Half 10'
10', 24', 43'
56'
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Rob Herring 16 Hooker
3Tom O’Toole 18 Prop
4Alan O’Connor 19 Lock
5Iain Henderson Lock
6Marcus Rea Flanker
7Nick Timoney Flanker 43'
8Duane Vermeulen 20 No. 8
16John Andrew 2 Hooker
17Eric O’Sullivan 1 Prop
18Gareth Milasinovich 3 Prop
19Kieran Treadwell 4 Lock
20Matty Rea 8 No. 8
21Nathan Doak 9 Back 61'
22Ian Madigan 10 Fly-Half
23Ben Moxham 11 Back

Munster

15Mike Haley Full-Back
14Andrew Conway 22 Winger
13Chris Farrell Centre
12Damian DeAllende Centre
11Keith Earls Winger 53', 71'
10Joey Carbery Fly-Half 19'
9Conor Murray 21 Scrum-Half
1Josh Wycherley 17 Prop
2Niall Scannell 16 Hooker
3Stephen Archer 18 Prop
4Jean Kleyn 19 Lock 19'
5Fineen Wycherley Lock
6Peter O’Mahony Flanker
7Alex Kendellen Flanker
8Gavin Coombes 20 No. 8
16Diarmuid Barron 2 Hooker
17Jeremy Loughman 1 Prop
18John Ryan 3 Prop
19Jason Jenkins 4 Lock
20Thomas Ahern 8 Forward
21Craig Casey 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Healy 14 Back
23Chris Cloete Flanker

Past Meetings

(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)
5:00 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

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