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Ulster player ratings: How the players performed in victory over Munster

Robert Baloucoune
Robert Baloucoune

By Michael Sadlier

Ulster kept their good run of form going with a hard-working 19-12 victory over Munster at Kingspan Stadium on Friday evening.

But how did the individual players perform? Here are Michael Sadlier's match ratings:

Starting XV

Louis Ludik 5: Selected for his defensive ability and eye for a gap, but it wasn’t easy. After putting a kick out on full he was taken off which was unusual.

Henry Speight 5: His last home game, and maybe last sighting altogether, some things were decent and some not so. Made the break for Baloucoune’s score.

Will Addison 7: Ulster needed more all-action stuff and his first half break nearly led to a try there and then. As usual he looked Ulster’s most dangerous player. 

Stuart McCloskey 6: The heavy-lifter of the backline, his durability holding the key. Not everything worked so well but he was strong as usual which was required.

Robert Baloucoune 6: Back in for the rested Stockdale, his yellow card after 11 seconds was reckless and he seemed to pull out of a cross-kick. But he got his first try. 

Billy Burns 7: Another who has played most of Ulster’s games, he tried the cross-kicks though they didn’t work out. Took the kicks after Cooney’s departure.

John Cooney 4: The key component to ticking the scoreboard along, he got no chance to do so this time and departed in the first half after taking a heavy hit.

Eric O’Sullivan 6: His rise has been dizzying and this was a solid performance. After being taken off he had to return when Kyle McCall went off injured.

Rob Herring 6: Back in for the benched Best and leading the side, the lineouts were a bit iffy again but he got the try and he made breaks at critical moments.

Marty Moore 6: Has impressed with each performance and really looked up for getting stuck into red shirts all around him. Another decent enough outing.

Ian Nagle 6: A first start for the on-loan lock and against his home province, he was in the thick of the action. Was the main target at the lineouts.

Kieran Treadwell 6: Has featured in every Ulster game this season and had to really put in the work which he did by rolling up his sleeves in this scrappy game.

Sean Reidy 7: Work-load is critical here for the Kiwi and as usual he didn’t shirk from it and had worked himself to a standstill before making way for Timoney.

Jordi Murphy 7: Strong as a support runner and clearer-out, he took the lineout which led to Shanahan’s try. Always willing to do the unseen work.

Marcell Coetzee 8: He provided an assist for Shanahan’s try and though there was one back-chat penalty he did the business once more for Ulster.

Replacements

Rory Best (Herring 51) 7: Brought on to save game, nice pass though not all went well.

Kyle McCall (O’Sullivan 54) 6: One great penalty won but had to go off hurt.

Ross Kane (Moore 55) 5: The set-pieces weren’t always ideal but worked away.

Dave Shanahan (Cooney 24) 6: Good support lines as usual and assisted for Baloucoune’s try.

Johnny McPhillips (Hume 66) 5: Had to fill in at full-back.

James Hume (Ludik 51) 6: His break created Baloucoune’s score but left injured.

Nick Timoney (Reidy 59) 6: An industrious display.

Not used: Clive Ross

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