All You Need To Know | Ulster v Munster
19th December 2018 By The Editor
Munster return to Guinness PRO14 action on Friday night for the first of three Interpro derbies with a trip to Belfast first up for Johann van Graan’s men.
It is a 7.35pm kick-off at the Kingspan Stadium and the game is live on eir Sport and Premier Sports. See our latest Squad Update ahead of the game here and the best training pics here.
Hosts Ulster go into the game on the back of a 10-point haul from their Champions Cup double-header thanks to two very impressive victories over Scarlets.
With just one defeat in their last six, Dan McFarland’s side are starting to hit top form and the Ulstermen have lost only once in Belfast since February.
Munster have won their last four Guinness PRO14 encounters and Johann van Graan’s men had been on a seven-game unbeaten run prior to the weekend’s one-point loss away to French champions Castres Olympique.
Munster go into the game second in Conference A of the Guinness PRO14 with Ulster joint-second in Conference B.
Ulster: L Ludik; H Speight, W Addison, S McCloskey, R Baloucoune; B Burns, J Cooney; E O’Sullivan, R Herring (C), M Moore; I Nagle, K Treadwell; S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee.
Replacements: R Best, K McCall, R Kane, C Ross, N Timoney, D Shanahan, J McPhillips, J Hume.
Munster: Mike Haley; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Jaco Taute (C), Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Darren O’Shea; Fineen Wycherley, Conor Oliver, Arno Botha.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Gavin Coombes, Tommy O’Donnell, Neil Cronin, Bill Johnston, Shane Daly.
A Word From The Munster Camp
Speaking ahead of the clash, Munster scrum-half Alby Mathewson said: “We had a really good day in Thomond Park when everything went well [when beating Ulster in September].
“They’ve improved a lot since then with two good wins in the Champions Cup over the last couple of weeks against Scarlets who are a quality team.
“They have good players across the board and play an attacking brand. I remember Dwayne Peel from my time at Bristol and he is a very good attacking coach. It’s going to be a lot tougher up there.”
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Correll, Leo Colgan (both IRFU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)
Next Two Home Games
Guinness PRO14: Munster v Leinster, Saturday Dec. 29, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; SOLD OUT
Champions Cup: Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Saturday Jan 19, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here