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How the Ulster players rated in thrilling win over Munster

Ratings by Michael Sadlier

Who saw it coming at half-time? Not many of us. But how did Ulster's individual players fare during the 24-17 success over Munster?

Here's Michael Sadlier's take on their displays:

Charles Piutau 6

Badly caught behind his line for the penalty try and never looked entirely comfortable. Still, he was there for the comeback.

Craig Gilroy 7

What could he do in that first half? Not a lot but, as every good winger should, he was there for the scoring changes and nailed two.

Darren Cave 7

Brought in late for the sick Louis Ludik, he gave it everything and was rewarded with a strong showing and a crucial try to start the revival.

Stuart McCloskey 6

Great covering tackle denied Wootton a try but there was a horrible and needless off-load. Was strong when he needed to be in what followed.

Rob Lyttle 6

Put Cooney into space but had precious little to do in the first half collapse until he got the chance to scorch along the touchline for the bonus point.

Christian Leali'ifano 7

Some nice passing and kicking to the corners and took a dreadfully high hit which led to Arnold’s red card. Again a linchpin for the side.

John Cooney 8

Nice early break but there was no support and then had a try ruled out. Even so, he got a score and what a touchline conversion too.

Kyle McCall 4

First game for a while and it was so tough up front for Ulster that he didn’t really figure and was called ashore at the break.

Rob Herring 6

The lineouts were awful and the scrums little better. He got dumped out of a maul too but led from the front for the recovery.

Rodney Ah You 3

Also brought back after a while out with injury and he looked well off it, with Munster clearly enjoying targeting his side of the scrum.

Alan O'Connor 6

If you’re on the back-foot there isn’t an awful lot you can do but the hard-working lock kept it going to the very end.

Kieran Treadwell 5

You looked to him to spark something slightly dynamic but it didn’t really seem to happen for him and he left in the second half.

Greg Jones 5

Lost a key lineout on the Munster line early on but he still managed to knuckle down to finish the game on the front-foot.

Nick Timoney 6

There was one early break and pass but looked swamped in the first half. Still, put in a big shift and tackle count.

Jean Deysel 4

The key man to spark something but he looked well off the pace after injury and left the action early not to return.


Callum Black (for McCall, 41 mins) 6: Steadied things and did well.

Wiehahn Herbst (for Ah You, 41 mins) 6: Made things more solid

Matthew Rea (for Deysel, 45 mins) 7: Showed up really strongly in the comeback.

Robbie Diack (for Treadwell, 75 mins) 6: Another who brought impact to proceedings.

Subs not used: Adam McBurney, Paul Marshall, Johnny McPhillips and Andrew Trimble

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