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Academy are taught a harsh lesson after Munster's comeback

A host of injuries and a sin-binning undid all of Ulster Academy's good work as they lost 21-18 against Munster in the inter-provincial at Thomond Park.

A fantastic first-half try had helped Ulster open an 18-point advantage, but they were unable to preserve their lead as Munster hit back with a hat-trick of tries.

Ulster dominated up front for most of the encounter and were soon in front with a Johnny McPhillips penalty followed by a try from Ballynahinch's Aaron Cairns.

McPhillips then netted a second penalty before adding the points to an Adam McBurney score.

Ulster, who had two late cry-offs yesterday, lost two of their front row through injury at the start of the second period and two more followed soon after.

When Ulster were reduced to 14 players, the home team took advantage and hit 21 unanswered points to emerge victorious.

Ulster's Under-19s, meanwhile, will have seven RBAI players in their squad for the meeting with Munster in Cork today (3pm).

They face a big task against an unchanged Munster, who trounced Connacht 35-0. Ulster make a few changes with Alastair Burke coming into the second row while Lewis Sampson moves to the wing for Tom Shapley to play in the centre.

Ulster Schools have lost their opening two games in the new home and away inter-pro format and face league leaders Munster for a second time, in Cork (1pm).

They lost 15-8 at Pirrie Park and 10-5 to Leinster last week. Despite overcoming Leinster 8-3 Munster make six changes, but Ulster make eight.

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