GUINNESS PRO12: Munster end Ulster’s impressive PRO12 home record

Munster celebrate at the final whistle after beating Ulster at Kingspan Stadium
Munster celebrate at the final whistle after beating Ulster at Kingspan Stadium

ULSTER 7 MUNSTER 9

Munster halted their five-game losing run and completed the double over Ulster this season by beating their interprovincial rivals 9-7 on Saturday to stay in touch with the Guinness PRO12’s top three.

Anthony Foley’s side grabbed their first win in Belfast since October 2010 and, in doing so, also became the first side to win in the league at Ulster since Leinster managed a victory there back in May 2014.

Two penalties and a drop goal from Munster fly-half Ian Keatley got the southern province the result to lift them into fourth and inflict a first reverse on Ulster after four straight victories.

It was a far from memorable game to mark Andrew Trimble becoming the first Ulster player to reach 200 appearances for the province and Les Kiss’ squad had to be content with a losing bonus point which saw them drop to fifth.

They did score the game’s only try through Louis Ludik’s first-half effort though they crucially went scoreless in the second 40 minutes.

They had two shots at goal from Paddy Jackson in that second half but he was short with both difficult efforts.

Ulster dropped to fifth place in the table. They are on the same number of points as Munster and Edinburgh, but the latter pair have won one game more.

It was also Ulster’s first defeat in the PRO12 since May 2014.