Jean de Villiers scores Munster's opening try
Jean de Villiers scores Munster's opening try
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Munster Secure Bonus Point Win
10 October 2009, 6:25 pm
Munster defeated Ulster 24-10 in Thomond Park, with tries from Jean de Villiers, David Wallace, Keith Earls and Paul Warwick.
Munster opened the scoring after 15 minutes with Tomas O'Leary darting through a gap in the Ulster defence to find Jean de Villiers on his outside, sending him over the line for the first score of the evening which O'Gara coverted.

Ulster were quick to respond with a try and conversion from Ian Humphreys after 19 minutes bringing the scores level, 7-7.

Ulster went ahead with a converted penalty from Humphreys, but Munster continued to attack and their patience paid off after several phases when David Wallace, supported by the pack, made it over the line for Munster's 2nd try.

Munster led14-10 going in at the break.

Munster opened up their lead and went on to score two further tries in the closing half, Earls touching down on the wing after 46 minutes and Warwick scoring the bonus winning try in the closing minute of the game.

Captain Paul O'Connell after the game "We really needed to improve tonight and show that we could do it, we needed a big performance at home and in front of our own supporters."

Tony McGahan commented "We really needed to match the Ulster physicality at the breakdown and throughout the phases, and I think we did that tonight. Young Stephen Archer did really well tonight, and Denis Fogarty did very well up front and throughout the set pieces."

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