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Ulster 7 - 9 Munster: Nail-biting finish as Ulstermen let win slip away at Kingspan

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 02/01/2016

Ulster's Robbie Diack in action with Munster's Jack O'Donoghue. Pic Matt Mackey
Ulster's Robbie Diack in action with Munster's Jack O'Donoghue. Pic Matt Mackey
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Nick Williams in action with Munster's Jack O'Donoghue.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Robbie Diack in action with Munster's Jack O'Donoghue.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Louis Ludik scores.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Andrew Trimble runs out for his 200th cap.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Stuart McCloskey in action with Munster's Ronan O'Mahony.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster in action with Munster
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Chris Henry in action with Munster's Billy Holland.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Robbie Diack in action with Munster's Francis Saili.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Kyle McCall in action with Munster's Dave Kilcoyne.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Paddy Jackson in action with Munster's Mark Chisholm.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Andrew Trimble runs out for his 200th cap.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st January 2016 Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Nick Williams in action with Munster's Tomás O'Leary.
Guinness PRO12 Ulster Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Louis Ludik scores. Pic Matt Mackey

Ulster lost a league game at home for the first time since May 2014 as Munster edged a close derby by a score of 9-7.

Visiting out-half Ian Keatley kicked all of his side's points with a penalty in the 61st minute proving decisive.

Les Kiss's men, who scored the only try of the game through Louis Ludik in the first-half, had a chance to snatch victory but Paddy Jackson's penalty attempt in the 78th minute fell considerably short.

The hosts, who had won four in a row entering the contest, will now head into a trio of crucial European clashes on the back of a defeat.

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