Saturday 16 December 2017

Dineen's heroics seal Munster win

A makeshift Munster side stayed top of the Magners League after centre Ivan Dineen marked his debut with a last-minute try to snatch a losing bonus point away from Ulster as Tony McGahan's men enjoyed a 16-6 away victory.

Dineen latched onto an attempted Ian Humphreys flick pass to run in under the posts and seal Munster's first win in Belfast since 2007 after Paul Warwick's 69th-minute penalty made it 9-6.

Ulster have now lost three games in succession and failed to score a single point in the second half. Ruan Pienaar missed a straightforward penalty to tie the scores near the end.

Ulster started well as Pienaar struck the opening penalty after six minutes.

But they failed to deal with the restart and Munster pounced at a ruck, which saw Paul Warwick level the scores. Pienaar's second penalty put Ulster 6-3 up, but that was as good as it got for Ulster.

The second half opened with Warwick's second penalty to tie the scores.

Pedrie Wannenburg failed to roll away on 68 minutes, which allowed Warwick to make it 9-6, and Munster then sealed the win with a Warwick- converted Dineen try on a night when Peter Stringer made his 200th Munster appearance.

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