Munster beat Ulster, Edinburgh secure 1872 Cup

Munster halted their five-game losing run and completed the double over Ulster this season by beating their interprovincial rivals 9-7 on Saturday to stay in touch with the Guinness PRO12’s top three.

Anthony Foley’s side grabbed their first win in Belfast since October 2010 and, in doing so, also became the first side to win in the league at Ulster since Leinster managed a victory there back in May 2014. Two penalties and a drop goal from Munster fly-half Ian Keatley got the southern province the result to lift them into fourth and inflict a first reverse on Ulster after four straight victories.

It was a far from memorable game to mark Andrew Trimble becoming the first Ulster player to reach 200 appearances for the province and Les Kiss’ squad had to be content with a losing bonus point which saw them drop to fifth.

Ulster did score the game’s only try through Louis Ludik’s first-half effort though they crucially went scoreless in the second 40 minutes. They had two shots at goal from Paddy Jackson in that second half but he was short with both difficult efforts.

Edinburgh held off repeated late Glasgow attacks on their line to complete a domestic double over their Scottish rivals and secure the 1872 Cup after they prevailed 14-11 at Murrayfield.

The game was originally due to be played at Glasgow’s Scotstoun ground but was shifted to Edinburgh’s home due to a waterlogged pitch. And it was the ‘visitors’ who came away with the local bragging rights and the 1872 Cup as this weekend’s three-point triumph was added to last Sunday’s 23-11 win in the first leg to give Edinburgh a 15-point lead overall.

Glasgow laid siege on Edinburgh’s try line in the closing stages but after holding out 30-phases worth of play and then a tapped penalty, Edinburgh eventually forced the turnover and secured the result. Phil Burleigh’s 74th minute try proved to be the match-winner as his score combined with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne’s three penalties brought up Edinburgh’s 14-point total.

The Warriors were in the lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the match thanks to Mark Bennett’s 31st minute try and six points from Duncan Weir but could not pin back the eventual three-point deficit.

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