How the Ulster players rated during PRO14 draw with Munster
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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