Click here for photos of Saturday’s meeting of the reigning Celtic League and Heineken Cup champions in Cork.
Pictured above: The night got off to the worst possible start for Munster as they leaked 10 points in the opening seven minutes at Musgrave Park. Soon after, their injury-jinxed full-back Christian Cullen was forced off after taking a bang to his shoulder – referee Donal Courtney is seen signalling for a substitution.
Openside flanker Neil McMillan attacks during Ulster’s early spell of pressure in Cork. Munster duo Alan Quinlan and Paul O’Connell, the province’s newly-appointed captain, keep tabs on the Ireland ‘A’ international.
Ulster winger Tommy Bowe, who sustained a leg injury in the second half, tries to fend off the tackle of his Ireland colleague Donncha O’Callaghan.
Ulster hooker Rory Best and Munster lock Paul O’Connell put their Ireland team bonding aside as they get involved in an off-the-ball scuffle.
Ulster lock and stand-in skipper Justin Harrison heads for the touchline after being yellow carded by referee Courtney, just 23 minutes into the first half. Replacement Kieran Campbell was also sin-binned, late on, for last season’s league champions.
Former Springbok Trevor Halstead, who impressed as an early replacement for Cullen, tries to control a bouncing ball as Ulster lock Matt McCullough looks on.
Ulster number eight Roger Wilson attempts an offload as Munster captain O’Connell comes crashing in.
Ulster scrum half Isaac Boss tries to palm away a pass as Munster’s Alan Quinlan chases him down.
**All photos by Morgan Treacy of Inpho Photography**