Trio return as Munster rout Ravens

FELIX JONES, Niall Ronan and Peter O’Mahony all made successful returns to action following injury at Shaws Bridge, Belfast, yesterday as Munster easily disposed of Ulster Ravens in an A Interprovincial.

Ulster opened the scoring with a Niall O’Connor penalty after five minutes but Munster quickly responded with a try from a five metre line-out, Ian Nagle scoring to the left of the posts.

Ulster enjoyed a period of territorial dominance before Munster regrouped to score a second try, this time Darragh Hurley crashing over. They ended the half with a third try when out-half Declan Cusack added the points to his own score for a 21-3 interval lead.

Ulster enjoyed a much better second half and imposed so much pressure at one stage that Dave Foley was sent to the bin. However, Munster duly recovered the initiative and Billy Holland crashed over for his side’s fourth try.

MUNSTER:F Jones (T Smith 51); S Scanlon, D Barnes, S Tuitupou, L O’Dea; D Cusack (S Deasy h/t), D Williams (capt, P Rowley 60); D Hurley (M Horan ht), M Sherry (D Fogarty h/t), S Archer (J Hayes, temp & 46); D Foley, I Nagle; A Quinlan (B Holland 51), N Ronan (T O’Donnell 51), P O’Mahony (P Butler 51).

ULSTER:J Smith; D McIlwhaine, D Cave, I Whitten, C Cochrane; N O’Connor, M Heaney; C Carey, J Burns, A Macklin; D Tuohy, N McComb; T Anderson, D McGuigan, A Birch.

Referee: Eanna O’Dowd (IRFU).

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