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How the Ulster players rated during PRO14 draw with Munster

Ratings by Jonathan Bradley

Ulster drew their final game of the PRO14 season at Munster on Saturday evening and now await the probability of a European play-off. How did the individual players fare?

Here's Jonathan Bradley's take on their performances:

Louis Ludik 6

Typically industrious performance from the ever-willing full-back, despite misjudging one high ball along the touchline.

Craig Gilroy 6

On his return to the starting side after suspension, winger had a relatively quiet day but had plenty to deal with in the air.

Luke Marshall 6

With McCloskey going off injured, had to shoulder the load with plenty of meaty carries. Also picked up yellow card.

Stuart McCloskey 6

Off the back of last week’s man of the match outing, was having a good game, including a try, before being forced off.

Jacob Stockdale 7

Another who had to battle aerially for possession but managed to make metres out of relatively meagre openings.

Johnny McPhillips 7

Had to play off the back foot for almost the whole second half but, when Ulster had forward dominance, showed more glimpses of his talent.

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Ulster's Johnny McPhillips comes to terms with missing out on a PRO14 play-off place.

Dave Shanahan 5

Pressed into action when Cooney was ruled out and had a difficult day that started with Robin Copeland forcing him into coughing up a score.

Callum Black 7

In what may well have been his farewell, the prop really had the edge in the first-half before departing the scene.

Rory Best 7

It’s a rare day when the captain gets on the scoresheet twice but other than his mauled efforts, typically led the fight.

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Ulster's Rory Best scores his second try of the game.

Ross Kane 7

What looked to be a neck injury will surely be a worry after a string of good games from the man solving the tight-head injury crisis.

Alan O'Connor 6

The lock is making a career of busy yet unspectacular performances and it was another textbook example here.

Iain Henderson 5

Has been in such fine form for Ulster and Ireland that the sight of him limping off with a knee injury is a real concern.

Clive Ross 6

Should have put Gilroy in the clear had he got a pass away, but otherwise another industrious outing from a player who works and works. 

Sean Reidy 6

Without having many chances to show his attacking instincts, flew about the pitch in a second-half when Ulster were under the pump.

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Ulster's Sean Reidy dejected after the game.

Nick Timoney 6

Didn’t get the same chances with ball in hand here as in recent games, but has been a real positive in a tough season.

Replacements

Kieran Treadwell (for Henderson, 22) 5: Tough replacing Henderson, but made his tackles.

Angus Curtis (for McCloskey, 28) 7: Another bright cameo, looks a real find.

Paul Marshall (for Shanahan, 44) 5: Only on when Munster were controlling the ball.

Andy Warwick (for Black, 55) 5: Couldn’t curb Archer but was good around the park.

Tom O’Toole (for Kane, 63) 5: More big game time will stand him well.

Rob Herring (for Best, 68) 6: Packed a lot into limited minutes on field.

Tommy Bowe (for Gilroy, 68) 5: No chances with ball in hand.

Chris Henry (for Timoney, 72) 5: Short and swift return to action.

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