Nick Williams out as Ulster head for Leinster clash

Ulster's Neil McComb, Lewis Stevenson and Kyle McCall celebrate beating Munster
Ulster's Neil McComb, Lewis Stevenson and Kyle McCall celebrate beating Munster

Nick Williams has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering medial ligament damage in Saturday night’s victory over Munster at Thomond Park.

The powerhouse No8 was forced off after 34 minutes in the process of trying to score a try.

Despite the setback of losing Williams for the semi-final clash against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday night coach Mark Anscombe was delighted with the result and performance in the 19-17 in Limerick.

“We needed to rest guys for the semi-final and that was a decision that we made earlier in the week and there were two or three guys that needed game time.

“We also saw it as a great opportunity to give some of the young guys a crack and see what they could do,” said Anscombe.

“We talked to them this week about relishing opportunities when they come because you don’t know when they are going to come.

“But be ready to take it when they come and if you do that you put your hand up for more opportunities and the pleasing thing is they did that.

“When I saw the Munster team I knew it was going to be a tough ask because they went a lot stronger than I expected so I knew we had our work cut out to do our job.

“I think the conditions suited us. It was messy, it was awkward and a couple of guys got into them.

“I though Sean Doyle was excellent, he just started knocking them down and they gave the boys confidence and we started knocking them over and winning a bit of ball.

“Stuart McCloskey and Michael Allen in midfield were very good and we just took our chances.

“James McKinney hasn’t missed a shot at goal for us in a competition this year and he did a great job.”