Two jampacked crowds enjoyed two fantastic Irish InterPro derbies this weekend as Leinster squeaked past Munster and Ulster smashed Connacht in in round 9 of Pro 14.
A sold-out Kingspan Stadium crowd were served up a festive treat as Ulster put five tries past provincial rivals Connacht in a runaway 35-3 derby win while Leinster's defence stood tall tonight as their dogged 13-6 win over Munster ending Johan van Graan's side two-year, 21-match unbeaten record at Thomond Park.
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Alan O'Connor, Billy Burns, Robert Baloucoune, Rob Herring and Nick Timoney all scored for Ulster in their win on Friday with Sean Reidy producing a man of the match performance.
Leinster claimed their repeated their heroics from 2017 with a strong first-half showing with the wind in their back, scoring a try and two penalties two lead 3-13 at the break before shutting up shop in the second half to secure a 6-13 victory.
The hit that stopped Munster in their tracks! 🛑 https://t.co/W1jJiRXJ6E— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) December 29, 2019
Stat Leaders from the two clashes:
Tackles - Sean Reidy (24)
Carries - Will Addison (22)
Running metres - Will Addison (95)
Defenders Beaten - Will Addison, Mike Haley & Ross Byrne (5)
Man of the match Performances:
Sean Reidy - Ulster v Connacht
14 Running metres
2 Defenders beaten
1 Try assist
24 Tackles, 0 missed
Caelan Doris - Munster v Leinster
1⃣2⃣ Tackles— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) December 28, 2019
0⃣2⃣ Defenders beaten
2⃣2⃣ Running metres
Caelan Doris was on top form once again for Leinster today and was named man of the match 🏅 pic.twitter.com/ib4xAuP0vp
How things stand heading into the new year