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Ulster’s Aaron Sexton in the air against Munster

Ulster’s Aaron Sexton in the air against Munster

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Ulster’s Aaron Sexton in the air against Munster

Though the standout moment was clearly Aaron Sexton's solo try, this 22-10 win by Ulster A over their Munster counterparts was, nevertheless, the handiwork of an impressive team effort.

As such, Ulster's callow starting locks Cormac Izuchukwu and Conor McMenamin put in notable shifts and contributed tries during this behind closed doors interprovincial at the Kingspan.

Ulster skipper David McCann and replacement prop Gareth Milasinovich were also prominent  while centres Ben Moxham and Hayden Hyde  caught the eye as head coach Kieran Campbell's squad followed September's significant away victory against Leinster with another positive outcome ahead of Friday's meeting with Connacht in Galway.

Praising his side's efforts against a strong Munster outfit, which included Ireland internationals Tommy O'Donnell and Darren Sweetnam, Campbell said: "We really want to back up this performance in Connacht especially as we haven't had an opportunity to go back-to-back games for a long time.

"There is a real resilience about this group and there had to be throughout this game as there were periods when we were under a lot of pressure.

"There was a real synergy there and a lot of that is because there has been really good work done with the senior team and Dan (McFarland) has been incredibly supportive of that and I think that showed in the performance because they haven't had a lot of rugby or time together."

After falling 7-0 behind, Izuchukwu barged over with former Munster player Bill Johnson tying the scores.

Johnston and Jake Flannery then traded penalties to make it 10-10 at the break before McMenamin touched down for an unconverted score near the hour mark after some good work by the Ulster pack.

It then fell to Sexton to seize the moment. Collecting a kick, around 40 or more metres out, he beat the first up defence and then accelerated infield, towards the posts, scorching two potential tacklers before just about slowing up to dot  down ahead of the dead ball line.

Johnston converted and Ulster had sealed the deserved result. 

Ulster A:: E McIlroy, C Rankin, B Moxham, H Hyde, A Sexton, B Johnston, L Finlay; C Reid, A McBurney, R Kane, C Izuchukwu, C McMenamin, D McCann (capt), Marcus Rea, N Timoney.

Subs: J McCormick, K McCall, G Milasinovich, H Sheridan, G Saunderson, N Doak, B Houston, B Roberts.

Belfast Telegraph


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