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Preview | Munster v Ulster

27th September 2018 By The Editor

Jean Kleyn on the charge against Ulster.

Jean Kleyn on the charge against Ulster.

Munster host Ulster, the only unbeaten side in the Guinness PRO14 so far this season, at Thomond Park on Saturday night in round five of the PRO14 (7.35pm).

Buy tickets online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103.

The game is a key one for the province as Johann van Graan’s men look to continue their 100% home record having secured two bonus-point wins at Thomond and Irish Independent Park against the Cheetahs and Ospreys.

See the latest Squad Update here.

Unbeaten

Ulster have made a thrilling start to the season as the province claimed two last-gasp home victories over Scarlets and Edinburgh in the opening two weeks. A successful start to their tour of South Africa saw Ulster record a third win over the Southern Kings before they fought back to snatch a dramatic 39-39 draw with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Scrum-half John Cooney is set to return for the northern province this weekend with Ireland internationals Iain Henderson and new addition Jordi Murphy also among the key men for Ulster.

Ulster's John Cooney

Head Coach Dan McFarland has enjoyed a positive start to his time in Ulster. “We’re really pleased with what we’ve done,” said McFarland ahead of this weekend’s game. “To win all games is a very important trait. It was one of the things that I wanted to see from the squad when I arrived.

“Competitiveness, and the players’ ability to compete non-stop for 80 minutes no matter what the circumstances. That’s something that has personified the great Ulster teams of the past.”

Overall Guinness PRO14 head to head record:

Played 33: Munster won 17, Ulster won 14, 2 draws.

Did you know?

  • Munster Rugby’s last six matches in the Guinness PRO14 have all gone the way of the home side.
  • The Munstermen’s only home defeat in any competition since February 2017 was to Leinster at Thomond Park at Christmas 2017.
  • Ulster’s are unbeaten in their last nine Guinness PRO14 encounters since the Blues beat them in Cardiff in March, a sequence which now includes two drawn matches.
  • The Ulstermen have won their last five fixtures in Belfast since Edinburgh beat them there 17-16 with an injury-time drop-goal from Duncan Weir in February 2018.
  • Ulster’s only two victories over fellow Irish provinces last season were both at Kingspan Stadium, against Connacht and Munster, whilst they have not been victorious away from home against an Irish province since a visit to Connacht in December 2015.
  • Munster failed to achieve a victory over Ulster in either of their two fixtures last season, something that had not happened since 2013/14.
  • Ulster’s most recent victory at Thomond Park was in May 2014.

Tickets

Saturday, September 29

Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park, 7.35pm;

Buy tickets online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103.

Adult Stand: from €30; *Student/Junior Stand: from €10

Adult Terrace: €25; *Student/Junior Terrace: €7

Family Pack – Two Adult & Two Junior (Terrace only): €40

*Junior tickets can only be purchased with an adult ticket. Student tickets can only be purchased in person at our ticket offices or at the ground on matchday. You will need a valid student ID card at time of purchase and to enter the ground.

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