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Munster ease past Ulster

Munster were flattered by the scoreline as three late tries saw them eventually ease past Ulster 35-10 in their Magners League derby at Thomond Park.

Replacements Tommy O'Donnell, Barry Murphy and Lifeimi Mafi all touched down in the final eight minutes of a topsy-turvy encounter, although the home side's joy was tempered by the sight of Jerry Flannery limping off late on after another attempted comeback from a troublesome calf injury.

In wet conditions, Ulster stole an early march on their provincial rivals with a Thomas Anderson try and five points from the boot of Paddy Wallace.

Trailing 10-6 at half-time, Munster clawed their way back through the boot of Paul Warwick and a Denis Hurley try.

The league leaders upped the tempo as a tiring Ulster lost Neil McComb to the sin-bin, and the late hat-trick of tries settled the issue and moved Munster eight points clear at the top of the table.

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