Adam Larkin’s penalty in the seventh minute of injury-time earned Ulster a nail-biting 16-15 victory over Munster in Friday’s clash at Musgrave Park. While Leinster lost to the Cardiff Blues 22-3.
Adam Larkin’s penalty in the seventh minute of injury-time earned Ulster a nail-biting
16-15 victory over Munster in Friday’s clash at Musgrave Park. While Leinster
lost to the Cardiff Blues 22-3.
A Seamus Mallon try had helped Ulster to a 13-6 interval advantage but three
second half penalties from Jeremy Staunton seemed set to end the home side’s
three-match losing run.
However, Larkin, who had missed three penalties early in the second half, held
his nerve with the last kick of the game to earn Ulster’s fourth win out of
their opening five Celtic League matches.
Gary Ella is an unhappy man as his Leinster side slumped to their fourth Celtic
League defeat of the season at Arms Park, to David Young’s Cardiff.
Out-half Nick Robinson couldn’t provide the ideal start as his fourth minute
penalty veered away from the Leinster right upright before opposite number Matt
Leek also was unsuccessful with his first kick at goal. Robinson hit over the
game’s first points soon after with a penalty before fiery blindside Baugh bustled
over after 27 minutes for the game’s first try.
Lansdowne prop John Lyne was sidelined nearing the end of the first-half with
a suspected broken left ankle, Leinster’s first injury of four on the night,
as things went from bad to worse for Ella’s charges.
Kicker Leek hit the upright with his second kick in first half stoppage time
before he managed to open Leinster’s account after the break with a well-struck
penalty. The Blues stepped it up as a 52nd minute offload from lock Jim Brownrigg
sent Baugh skipping over for his and Cardiff’s second try.
Robinson converted and also added the points to the Blues’ third try six minutes
later. Winger Walne deservedly sneaked over in the corner as superb hands from
the Welsh side gave the number 14 his first try of the season.
Leinster pressed for a try but were left short changed by a rugged Blues’ defence,
and the loss of flanker Aidan McCullen, scrum-half Brian O’Riordan and captain
Leo Cullen to injury.
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