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Ulster will be kicking themselves over missed Munster chance… any repeat against Northampton could have far greater consequences

Jonathan Bradley


Munster 18 Ulster 13

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Crucial score: Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue celebrates after Alex Kendellen scores a try. Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Crucial score: Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue celebrates after Alex Kendellen scores a try. Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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Simon Zebo is shown a red card. Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Simon Zebo is shown a red card. Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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Crucial score: Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue celebrates after Alex Kendellen scores a try. Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Such is the quasi horse-trading that so often occurs in festive interpros, their effect on the United Rugby Championship table is often minimal.

Dictated by the necessity of the IRFU’s Player Welfare Programme, more often than not teams will play their stronger side at home and a rotated one away with predictable match results. Subsequently, how the standings shape up heading into the January European break is traditionally very much as you were.


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