Munster Edged Out
14th September 2012 By jess
A 67th minute Paddy Jackson proved the difference between Ulster and Munster at Ravenhill, the home side emerging 20-19 winners in this RaboDirect PRO12 Round 3 game.
Munster led 16-9 at the break after a well worked try for Keith Earls who had come on as a first half replacement for Luke O'Dea
That try started on the left hand side before the ball was worked right for Keatley, Casey Laulala and Denis Hurley all to handle before Earls ran it home from a final delightful inside pass from Hurley
Worryingly however, in the lead up to that score James Coughlan was injured and has been replaced by Tommy O'Donnell while, earlier, Luke O'Dea had limped out of the action after an impressive start, to be replaced by Earls.
Ulster edged their way back into the game with 43rd minute Jackson penalty and they took the lead for the first time when Jared Payne crossed for Jackson add the extras.
Keatley restored Munster's advantage with his second drop goal of the evening before Jackson once again gave his side the lead.
To their credit Munster came looking for the winner and credit also to the home defence who laid their bodies on the line in their determination not to give the visitors the opportunity to line Ronan O'Gara, Laulala's 67th minute replacement, up for a drop goal.