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
a penalty to level the game sealed Ulster’s fate, the failed last lineout underscoring the misery.
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).
Ulster’s Rory Best scores a try against Munster in his side’s draw at Thomond Park on Saturday.