Simon Zebo was despatched off for the primary time in his 148 Munster video games however they nonetheless managed to grab victory with a strive from substitute Alex Kendellen 4 minutes from time at Thomond Park.
Kendellen wasn’t even meant to be within the matchday squad however was drafted in after Peter O’Mahony was injured within the warm-up, with Tadhg Beirne taking up the captaincy when he got here in to start out.
Beirne celebrated his thirtieth birthday with an outstanding show and his management on the sector was key as Munster didn’t panic because the wheels got here off, and regrouped to return with a late surge which made it six wins on the spin at Thomond Park.
Ulster, in search of their first win in Limerick since 2014, acquired on high early on and Dan McFarland’s males have been rewarded for his or her ambition once they went to the nook with a penalty and after getting the drive on, hooker Rob Herring scored. John Cooney landed the conversion from the left to steer 7-0 after eight minutes.
Zebo was despatched off after quarter-hour for a shoulder to the pinnacle of Michael Lowry when each he and Jack Crowley tackled the Ulster fullback after chasing a excessive kick. Initially, referee Mike Adamson indicated there was mitigation that Crowley was additionally concerned within the sort out, however tv match official Brian MacNeice urged him to evaluation it and the Scottish referee then brandished a pink card.
Munster, with Beirne main the best way, fought again and acquired a foothold within the recreation however a 19-phase barrage contained in the 22 didn’t yield a try to when one other sustained surge after a tapped penalty was additionally repelled, they opted for 3 factors from Jack Crowley seven minutes from the break.
Crowley lower the hole to the minimal earlier than the break with a penalty from 25 metres however Ulster led 10-6 on the break when Nathan Doak, on for the injured Cooney, transformed a penalty after Rory Scannell, taking part in his a hundred and fiftieth recreation for Munster, was pinged for not rolling away.
Ulster have been on high within the third quarter and prolonged their lead when Doak landed a penalty from 45 metres after 56 minutes however they misplaced substitute lock Kieran Treadwell to a yellow card for a dump sort out on Shane Daly.
Munster made them pay. They went to the left nook and recycled left to proper for fullback Haley to attain, however Crowley hit the close to upright with the touchline conversion they usually trailed 13-11 going into the ultimate quarter.
However Munster by no means gave up and after Jack O’Donoghue made the laborious yards, a few recycles later Alex Kendellen pounced for the profitable rating 4 minutes from time, with Ben Healy including the extras to make sure Ulster wanted a attempt to save the sport. They by no means seemed like getting it within the closing minutes.
Munster: Tries: M Haley, A Kendellen. Con: Healy. Pens: Crowley (2).
Ulster: Attempt: R Herring. Con: J Cooney. Pens: N Doak (2).
Munster: M Haley; S French, C Farrell, R Scannell, S Zebo; J Crowley, C Casey; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, S Archer; T Ahern, F Wycherley; T Beirne, J Hodnett, G Coombes.
Replacements: S Daly for French (55 minutes), J Wycherley for Kilcoyne (55 minutes), D Barron for N Scannell (55 minutes), J Ryan for Archer (55 minutes), B Healy for Crowley (62 minutes), A Kendellen for Hodnett (62 minutes), J O’Donoghue for Ahern (65 minutes), N Cronin for Casey (72 minutes).
Ulster: M Lowry; C Gilroy, B Moxham, J Hume, E McIlroy; B Burns, J Cooney; J McGrath, R Herring, T O’Toole; A O’Connor, S Carter; G Jones, N Timoney, D Vermeulen.
Replacements: N Doak for Cooney (24 minutes), A Warwick for McGrath (45 minutes), Ok Treadwell for Carter (45 minutes), A Curtis for Hume (63 minutes), M Rea for Jones (63 minutes), R Lyttle for Gilroy (77 minutes), J Andrew for Herring (77 minutes), R Kane for O’Toole (77 minutes).
Referee: M Adamson (Scotland).