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Skipper Larissa is confident of better days despite poor run

By Adam McKendry

Ulster Women's captain Larissa Muldoon is convinced her side are still on the right track despite their 40-20 defeat to Munster in Portadown.

The visitors scored six tries in the win, led by the excellent Ireland international Niamh Briggs, while Ulster ran in four tries in response to at least take a bonus point away from the meeting.

But despite the loss, which followed a 17-0 defeat to Leinster in the first round and leaves them still searching for a first win in six years, skipper Muldoon believes there are plenty of reasons to be positive.

“We came into the game with certain elements we wanted to improve on, and we did,” said Muldoon.

“First of all, we started scoring tries, we didn’t do that against Leinster, but unfortunately our defence at times wasn’t good. Munster were strong and physical and we couldn’t deal with that in stages.

“We just need to play that exciting rugby for 80 minutes, and going into Connacht next week we need to work on our defence.”

Ulster fell behind early when Eimear Considine and Chloe Pearse crossed for Munster, but the home side struck back through tries from centre Vicky Irwin and winger Emma Jordan.

However, Munster flanker Edel Murphy scored on the stroke of half-time to put the visitors ahead before they stretched away in the second half through tries from Pearse, Nicole Cronin and Briggs, who with the conversion took her own personal points tally to 15 for the day.

But Ulster finished strongly and closed with tries from Fiona Tuite and flanker Claire McLaughlin to take into next week’s final interprovincial clash with Connacht in Galway.

“If we combine the Leinster game defensively with today’s attacking shape and bring them together, then we’re going to be looking in good shape for next week,” added Muldoon.

Meanwhile, Ulster’s Under-18 Girls lost 22-7 to Leinster, also at Portadown.

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