Ul­ster cap year of missed chances with draw against Mun­ster

Late op­por­tu­nity that slips away proves fi­nal blow in doomed cam­paign Mun­ster came back from be­ing 10 points down at the break to draw game

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a penalty to level the game sealed Ul­ster’s fate, the failed last li­ne­out un­der­scor­ing the mis­ery.

Switches at­ten­tion

Van Graan was no more pleased than Best with the draw, be­liev­ing Mun­ster could have won the match, but now switches his at­ten­tion to Ed­in­burgh next week­end in their Thomond Park quar­ter-fi­nal.

“They have got a very hard edge about them. It was a very tightly con­test af­fair in Ed­in­burgh a few weeks ago,” said van Graan.

Ed­in­burgh beat Glas­gow 24-19 in Mur­ray­field in a later match, so a bonus point win for Ul­ster would not have been enough to make the play-offs.

“Richard Cock­er­ill I have got a lot of re­spect for,” added the Mun­ster coach. “I have met him a few times pre­vi­ously. He’s done a lot of good things at Ed­in­burgh and they have got a lot of be­lief. The way they put the Scar­lets away a few weeks ago they showed it’s not only about their set-piece, about their good de­fence and their kick­ing game, they can also at­tack as well.”

Mun­ster face Ed­in­burgh on May 5th, with Scar­lets tak­ing on Chee­tahs in Parc y Scar­lets in the other quar­ter-fi­nal on the same day. Cronin,MSherry(C),BS­cott;GGrob­ler,DO’Shea;DO’Cal­laghan,COliver,RCopeland. Re­place­ments:SArcher­forS­cott,40mins;PMar­shall­forShana­han,45mins;JK­leyn­forO’Shea,J O’Donoghue­forOliver,al­l47mins;RMar­shall­forSherry,JHart­forWil­liams,both­56mins. RBest(cap­tain),RKane,AO’Con­nor,IHen­der­son,CRoss,SReidy,NTi­money.Re­place­ments:K Tread­well­forHen­der­son,22mins;ACur­t­is­forMcCloskey,30mins;PMar­shall­forShana­han,45 mins;AWar­wick­forBlack,55mins;TO’Toole­forKane,64mins;TBowe­forGil­roy,RHer­ring­forBest, both­69mins;CHen­ry­forTi­money,72mins. Ref­eree:BWhite­house(WRU).

PHO­TO­GRAPH: BILLY STICKLAND/INPHO

Ul­ster’s Rory Best scores a try against Mun­ster in his side’s draw at Thomond Park on Satur­day.

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