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Ulster Rugby player ratings - how did Neil Doak's men hold up against Munster?

By Jonathan Bradley

It was an exciting evening at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday, with Ulster clinching a last gasp 23-23 draw with Munster in their PRO12 clash. But, how did the players do?

Louis Ludik 6

The fullback was able to join the attack well and ran with purpose but, after picking up a knock to the hand, misjudged a few in the air.

 

Tommy Bowe 7

Grabbed Ulster’s first of the day, and nearly created another, but didn’t display usual authority in air.

 

Jared Payne 8

The number 13 ran some excellent lines and it was only a great tackle that stopped him sealing the draw before ball went to Marshall.

 

Darren Cave 7

In just under an hour of work, Cave produced a strong all round showing, including some solid tackling, clever running, and a turnover.

 

Peter Nelson 6

The young winger didn’t see as much ball as Bowe but he did manage to show some ability with the boot before injury.

 

Paddy Jackson 9

Aside from the nerveless conversion that earned a draw, Jackson produced another composed showing at out-half.

 

Ruan Pienaar 8

Struggling with a hamstring strain before kick-off yet distributed well and executed play with a calmness that is rarely matched.

 

Callum Black 6

Wasn’t able to make any headway against Stephen Archer in the scrum and departed with Munster firmly in the ascendancy.

 

Rory Best 8

The hooker won’t have been impressed to see three of his own lineout throws picked off by Munster but his work around the park was vital.

 

Wiehahn Herbst 7

The burly prop was throwing himself into contact before his untimely exit and Ulster’s scrum never seemed to cope in his absence.

 

Dan Tuohy 7

Decision to attempt a grubber was certainly curious but the lock’s physical presence was welcome throughout.

 

Franco van der Merwe 7

Will have been irked by Munster’s clear superiority in the lineout but the lock’s play in the loose was more than solid.

 

Iain Henderson 8

Was exerting a huge influence on the game, and was arguably Ulster’s best player, before late moment of rashness brought red card.

 

Chris Henry 7

Injury to Tommy O’Donnell deprived him of a direct battle with an Irish rival but Henry again put in an impressive showing full of industry.

 

Roger Wilson 6

The number 8 had been a prominent carrier, albeit with a couple of handling errors, before having to depart with an injury.

 

Substitutes:

Robbie Diack (for Wilson,29) Contributed well in what was a lengthy stint off the bench. 7

Bronson Ross (for Herbst, 51) Unable to get a foothold come scrum time. 5

Stuart McCloskey (for Cave, 55) Ran powerfully and was involved in the late drama. 6

Andrew Warwick (for Black, 61) Brought into a struggling scrum, added just a touch more solidity. 6

Paul Marshall (for Nelson, 63) Forced out of position but still popped up with the crucial try. 6

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