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    <td background="/images/tile3.jpg">Carney scores winning try after amazing Munster fightback</font></td></tr>
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    <td>Saturday March 24th 2007</font></td></tr></t></table>
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    <td>Munster's John O'Sullivan gets his kick past Ulster's Andrew Trimble during their Magners League clash at Ravenhill last night. OLIVER MCVEIGH/SPORTSFILE </font></td></tr></t></table></td></tr></t></table>












    Ulster 21


    Munster 24


    Magners


    League


    RUGBY league convert Brian Carney scored the winning try as Munster fought back from 21-3 down to snatch a superb victory over Ulster in a pulsating Magners League clash in Ravenhill last night.


    Carney, playing his first game of rugby union for nine years, started on the right wing in what was virtually a second string line-up as Munster were missing all their current internationals, bar Jerry Flannery.


    It showed in the first half with Ulster completely on top but, inspired by back-row duo John O'Sullivan and skipper Alan Quinlan, Declan Kidney's men fought back and overhauled a home side who became strangely lethargic towards the end.


    In the opening period, the league champions were sharp and inventive in the backs while the pack played with great authority.


    Scrum-half Isaac Boss and and flanker Stephen Ferris caused problems from the kick-off and it took a great tackle from Munster full-back Christian Cullen to deny Tommy Bowe a try in the eighth minute.


    But Ulster were on the board a minute later after another sweeping back-line move with Andrew Trimble's slick, short pass putting Paul Steinmetz over with David Humphreys converting.


    Worse was to follow for Munster when prop Tony Buckley was sin-binned after a row with Ferris. Ulster took advantage with Roger Wilson scoring and Humphreys again converting.


    Eoin Hickey kicked a 23rd-minute penalty, but Ulster zoomed over for their third try when Humphreys' superb pass put the charging Trimble in at the posts. The fly-half converted and the lead was 21-3 at the break.


    Scrappy play on the restart by the home team allowed Munster to gain a foothold and a neat pass by Hickey sent Halstead in at the posts.


    Ulster's backs lost a bit of fluency after Steinmetz went off with a shoulder injury, to be followed by Ferris and Humphreys.


    More sloppy play allowed Munster number eight O'Sullivan to stroll over from a five-yard scrum with replacement Jeremy Manning adding the conversion.


    Munster completely dominated possession in the second half and it was no surprise when they edged ahead in the 75th minute.


    Quinlan put in a great cross-field kick for Carney to collect and dive over with Manning again converting.


    Ulster finally came alive in injury time, but it was too late and Munster savoured their success, fully deserved.


    Ulster will regret being so casual after building up such a big lead which led to their first league defeat at home in 17 match
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    @@@@SPAN>Munster fight back to break Ulster hearts@@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN>23/03/2007@@@@/SPAN>
    Ulster 21 Munster 24

    Munster's makeshift line-up upset the odds in a match that was supposed to be about how many tries Ulster could score.

    The visitors simply torched the script and came back to snatch a dramatic win at Ravenhill which appears to have done fatal damage to Ulster's Magners League challenge.

    Ulster's intent had been to top the table outright overnight, ahead of Leinster's game with Connacht on Saturday, but their losing bonus point puts them on equal points with Michael Cheika's side and is bound to leave Ulster deeply wounded after losing control of a game they confidently led 21-3 at half-time.

    Instead of pushing on to secure the bonus point, Ulster's game and defensive shape fell apart as the going got fast and loose in the second half.

    A brave Munster effort, with Jerry Flannery, John O'Sullivan and skipper Alan Quinlan had immense games, seeing the visitors score three tries to come away with a fully deserved win ahead of their Heineken Cup quarter-final at Llanelli next week.

    Ulster ignored a kickable penalty attempt, which could have drawn the game in the dying minutes, to go for a try but Munster's excellent defence held firm.

    The momentum never returned to the home side's game and Ulster failed to score any points from the 24th minute onwards.

    The winning score came courtesy of former rugby league star and new signing Brian Carney who marked his debut by rubbing plentiful salt into what had become a shambolic Ulster performance.

    Ulster had made their intentions clear from early on with tries being top of their agenda.

    Tommy Bowe came close to scoring in the seventh minute and only a great covering tackle from Christian Cullen prevented the home side from getting out of the traps early.
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    The visitors' cause was further damaged by the sinbinning of prop Tony Buckley after a fracas with Justin Harrison from the restart and Ulster used the 10 minutes well by producing a score from Roger Wilson, again converted off the upright by Humphreys, to give them a 14-0 lead after 20 minutes.

    With Munster restored to their full complement, Eoghan Hickey managed their first points from a penalty but the home side immediately struck back when, from a scrum, Humphreys put Trimble clear though referee Allain Rolland failed to notice a blatant forward pass from Ulster's outside half.

    With Humphreys adding his third conversion Ulster now led 21-3 and looked odds on to secure a bonus point.

    Seven minutes before the break, they nearly got their score with Trimble only hauled down by a last ditch tackle from Ian Dowling and then Rory Best crossed the line but the try was disallowed due to obstruction and Ulster had to be content with their 21-3 lead at the break.

    But that was as good as it got for Ulster. Five minutes after the restart, John O'Sullivan's gut-busting break from his own 22 set up a try for Trevor Halstead and with Hickey's conversion Munster – missing virtually their entire first-choice side – had closed Ulster's lead to 21-10.

    Three minutes after the hour, the crucial score arrived after Paddy Wallace carried the ball over his line under pressure from the advancing red hordes.

    O'Sullivan picked up from the five metre scrum and substitute outside half Jeremy Manning converted his score.

    Munster were right back in it and only trailed by four points.

    With Humphreys retiring hurt, Ulster never regained their shape, though in truth their forward effort had already imploded.

    Five minutes from time, after some fantastic ball retention, Carney scored off Alan Quinlan's cross kick and Manning converted.

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      <H2>Carney leaves Ulster clinging to title dream </H2>
      Saturday, March 24, 2007
      By Gavin Mairs
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      Former Great Britain rugby league star Brian Carney struck a massive blow to Ulster's hopes of retaining their Magners League title with a late match-winning try on his Munster debut to stun the Ravenhill crowd last night. </DIV>


      It was Ulster's first defeat in 18 league matches at Ravenhill. And although a losing bonus point does take Mark McCall's side top of the table, ahead of Leinster on points difference, Michael Cheika's side, who entertain Connacht in Dublin tonight, now have the benefit of two games in hand and look odds-on for the title.











      Ulster had looked on course for a comprehensive win when they raced into a 21-3 lead at half-time thanks to tries by Paul Steinmetz, Andrew Trimble and Roger Wilson, with Munster's sole contribution coming from a penalty by out-half Eoghan Hickey.











      The question at half-time was when would Ulster secure the fourth try and bonus point. Nobody, apart from perhaps Munster coach Declan Kidney, could have predicted what happened next.











      With Ulster continuing to turn down kicks at goal in favour of kicking to the corner in search of tries, the home side ran out of steam as Munster began to launch a series of counter-attacks from deep inside their own half from turn-over balls.











      As Ulster's momentum stalled, the self-belief surged in the visitors.


      There looked little danger when powerhouse centre Trevor Halstead crashed over for a try against the run of play.


      But when Munster No 8 John O'Sullivan powered over from the base of a five-metre scrum, the warning signs began to light up for Ulster.





      As the visitors began to dominate possession, the match-winner touchdown came from a most unlikely source, with captain Alan Quinlan launching a cross-kick for former rugby league star Brian Carney to gather and touchdown on his Munster debut to leave a capacity Ravenhill crowd stunned.











      Such a finish did not seem possible when Ulster began with great energy and a high tempo.











      The breakthrough came when a flat pass by Trimble put Paul Steinmetz, who hit a superb line, racing clear for a try in the 10th minute. Humphreys added the conversion.











      Munster suffered a second setback from the restart when prop Tony Buckley was sent to the sin bin for swinging a punch at Ferris. But rather than push on Ulster became bogged down, losing a number of line-outs.











      Then, from nowhere, Ulster struck again. After a break-out inspired by Boss, Ulster kicked a penalty to the corner and Roger Wilson barged over from the line-out for Ulster's second try in the 21st minute with Humphreys again converting.











      Munster responded with a penalty by Hickey from the restart but Ulster's response was swift.











      Munster hooker Jerry Flannery knocked-on and from the scrum Humphreys' flat pass put Trimble clear for Ulster's third try in the 26th minute, with Humphreys again adding the conversion.











      The home side however could not sustain their momentum after the break.











      As Ulster's play became increasingly sloppy, a break by Tomas O'Leary provided the platform with Hickey running onto the ball and his offload put Trevor Halstead over in the 46th minute to give the visitors a sniff. Hickey added the conversion.











      Back came Ulster but unlike the first-half they were unable to find the killer pass or incision when the play was on with Munster disrupting the home side's patterns by launching a number of counter-atta
      \"As she lay there dozing next to me, one voice inside my head kept saying, \'Relax, you\'re not the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients\', but the another kept reminding me, \' you are a veterinarian!\'\"

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        From PR



        <H2 =clear>Munster snatch victory at Ravenhill</H2>
        <H3>Friday 23rd March 2007</H3>
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        @@@@SPAN id=intelliTXT>A late try by debutante Brian Carney gave Munster a rare victory at Ulster's Ravenhill in the Magners League on Friday.

        Carney struck with five minutes to go of a rugged Irish derby as Munster bounced back from being 21-3 down at the break to win 21-24.

        The visitors simply torched the script - which had Ulster racking up a few tries - and came back to snatch the win which appears to have done fatal damage to Ulster's Magners League challenge.

        Ulster's intent had been to top the table outright overnight, ahead of Leinster's game with Connacht on Saturday, but their losing bonus point puts them on equal points with Michael Cheika's side and is bound to leave Ulster deeply wounded after losing control of a game they had initially dominated.

        Instead of pushing on to secure the bonus point, Ulster's game and defensive shape fell apart as the going got fast and loose in the second half.

        Ulster ignored a kickable penalty attempt, which could have drawn the game in the dying minutes, to go for a try but Munster's excellent defence held firm.

        The momentum never returned to the home side's game and Ulster failed to score any points from the 24th minute onwards.

        Tommy Bowe came close to scoring in the seventh minute and only a great covering tackle from Christian Cullen prevented the home side from getting out of the traps early.

        But Ulster were not to be denied and a minute after Cullen's heroics, Andrew Trimble found Paul Steinmetz on a cutback run off the left wing and the Kiwi burst through to score under the posts and give David Humphreys a straightforward two-pointer.

        The visitors' cause was further damaged by the sinbinning of prop Tony Buckley after a fracas with Justin Harrison from the restart and Ulster used the 10 minutes well by producing a score from Roger Wilson, again converted off the upright by Humphreys, to give them a 14-0 lead after 20 minutes.

        With Munster restored to their full complement, Eoghan Hickey managed their first points from a penalty but the home side immediately struck back when, from a scrum, Humphreys put Trimble clear though referee Allain Rolland failed to notice a blatant forward pass from Ulster's outside half.

        With Humphreys adding his third conversion Ulster now led 21-3 and looked odds on to secure a bonus point.

        Seven minutes before the break, they nearly got their score with Trimble only hauled down by a last ditch tackle from Ian Dowling and then Rory Best crossed the line but the try was disallowed due to obstruction and Ulster had to be content with their 21-3 lead at the break.

        But that was as good as it got for Ulster. Five minutes after the restart, John O'Sullivan's gut-busting break from his own 22 set up a try for Trevor Halstead and with Hickey's conversion Munster - missing virtually their entire first-choice side - had closed Ulster's lead to 21-10.

        Three minutes after the hour, the crucial score arrived after Paddy Wallace carried the ball over his line under pressure from the advancing red hordes.

        O'Sullivan picked up from the five metre scrum and substitute outside half Jeremy Manning converted his score.

        Munster were right back in it and only trailed by four points.

        With Humphreys retiring hurt, Ulster never regained their shape, though in truth their forward effort had already imploded.

        Five minutes from time, after some fantastic ball retention, Carney scored off Alan Quinlan's cross kick and Manning converted.

        The scorers:

        For Ulster:
        Tries: Steinmetz, Wilson, Trimble
        Cons: Humphreys 3

        For Munster:
        Tries: Halstead, O'Sullivan, Carney
        Cons: Hickey,
        \"As she lay there dozing next to me, one voice inside my head kept saying, \'Relax, you\'re not the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients\', but the another kept reminding me, \' you are a veterinarian!\'\"

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          <div>Ulster 21-24 Munster </div></div></td></tr>
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          Ulster: (21) 21
          Tries: Steinmetz, Wilson, Trimble
          Cons: Humphreys (3)
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          Munster: (3) 24
          Tries: Halstead, O'Sullivan, Carney
          Pens: Hickey
          Cons: Hickey, Manning (2)
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          <!- S SF ->Ulster's hopes of retaining the Magners League title suffered a blow as an understrength Munster won in Belfast.
          </font>

          The hosts looked on course for victory
          when Paul Steinemetz, Roger Wilson and Andrew Trimble tries helped them
          to a 21-3 lead at the break. </font>

          But Munster, minus their Ireland stars, hit back in a storming second half.
          </font>

          Trevor Halstead and John O'Sullivan went
          over before former rugby league player Brian Carney scored a late
          match-winning try for the visitors.<!- E SF ->
          </font>

          Ulster's intent had been to top the table
          outright overnight, ahead of Leinster's game with Connacht on Saturday,
          but their losing bonus point puts them on equal points with Michael
          Cheika's side. </font>

          Tommy Bowe came close to scoring in the
          seventh minute and only a great covering tackle from Christian Cullen
          prevented the home side from getting out of the traps early. </font>

          But Ulster were not to be denied and a
          minute after Cullen's heroics, Trimble found Steinmetz on a cutback run
          off the left wing and the Kiwi burst through to score under the posts
          and give David Humphreys a straightforward two-pointer. </font>

          The visitors' cause was further damaged
          by the sinbinning of prop Tony Buckley after a fracas with Justin
          Harrison from the restart. </font>

          Ulster used the 10 minutes well by
          producing a score from Wilson, again converted off the upright by
          Humphreys, to give them a 14-0 lead after 20 minutes. </font>

          With Munster restored to their full
          complement, Eoghan Hickey managed their first points from a penalty but
          the home side immediately struck back when, from a scrum, Humphreys put
          Trimble clear though referee Allain Rolland failed to notice a blatant
          forward pass from Ulster's outside half. </font>

          With Humphreys adding his third conversion Ulster now led 21-3 and looked odds on to secure a bonus point.
          </font>

          Five minutes after the restart,
          O'Sullivan's gut-busting break from his own 22 set up a try for
          Halstead and with Hickey's conversion Munster - missing virtually their
          entire first-choice side - had closed Ulster's lead to 21-10. </font>

          Three minutes after the hour, the
          crucial score arrived after Paddy Wallace carried the ball over his
          line under pressure from the advancing red hordes. </font>

          O'Sullivan picked up from the five metre scrum and substitute outside half Jeremy Manning converted his score.
          </font>

          Munster were right back in it and only trailed by four points.
          </font>

          With Humphreys retiring hurt, Ulster never regained their shape, though in truth their forward effort had already imploded.
          </font>

          Five minutes from time, after some fantastic ball retention, Carney scored off Alan Quinlan's cross kick and Manning converted.
          </font>


          <hr>



          Ulster: B Cunningham; T Bowe, A Trimble, P
          Wallace, P Steinmetz, D Humphreys, I Boss, J Fitzpatrick, R Best, B
          Young, J Harrison (c), R Caldwell; S Ferris, K Dawson, R Wilson.
          Replacements: P Shields, D Fitzpatrick, T Barker, D Pollock, K Campbell, P McKenzie, A Maxwell.
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            @@@@SPAN id="rugby_story1">@@@@SPAN id="rugby_story1">@@@@SPAN id="rugby_story1">@@@@SPAN>Mighty Munster answer call@@@@/SPAN>

            @@@@SPAN>24/03/2007@@@@/SPAN>
            Ulster 21 Munster 24
            By Barry Coughlan
            IT
            WAS always going to be an enormous task, but makeshift Munster pulled
            out all the stops to secure a dramatic and well merited victory over
            Ulster at Ravenhill last night.

            @@@@/SPAN> <no></no>@@@@SPAN id="rugby_story2">Not only did Munster do massive damage
            to Ulster's Magners League challenge but they also gave themselves a
            massive boost for next weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-final against
            Llanelli Scarlets .

            Ulster had expected to top the table
            outright overnight, ahead of Leinster's game with Connacht today, but
            their losing bonus point puts them on equal points with Michael
            Cheika's side.

            At half time, they looked home and dry after
            leading confidently by 21-3, but Munster, renowned battlers that they
            are, came back with a young and untried side to snatch victory at the
            death.

            Ulster can't complain. Instead of pushing on to secure
            the bonus point, Ulster's game plan fell apart as they going got fast
            and loose in the second half.

            Anyway, it would have been a
            travesty if Munster had come up short for despite their lack of
            experience they ran Ulster ragged in the second half.

            This
            wasn't about trying to beat Ulster up front for there was an element of
            serious class about the win and must not have been easy for the Ulster
            fans to vote John O'Sullivan 'Man of the Match'.

            Ulster
            ignored a kickable penalty attempt, which could have drawn the game in
            the dying minutes, to go for a try but Munster's defence held firm.

            The momentum never returned to the home side's game and Ulster failed to score any points from the 24th minute onwards.

            The winning score came courtesy of former rugby league star and new signing Brian Carney.

            Ulster had made their intentions clear from early on with tries being top of their agenda.

            Tommy
            Bowe came close to scoring in the seventh minute and only a great
            covering tackle from Christian Cullen prevented the home side from
            getting out of the traps early.

            But Ulster were not to be
            denied and a minute after Cullen's heroics, Andrew Trimble found Paul
            Steinmetz on a cutback run off the left wing and the Kiwi burst through
            to score under the posts and give David Humphreys a straightforward
            two-pointer.

            The visitors' cause was further damaged by the
            sin-binning of prop Tony Buckley after a fracas with Justin Harrison
            from the restart and Ulster used the 10 minutes well by producing a
            score from Roger Wilson, converted off the upright by Humphreys, to
            give them a 14-0 lead after 20 minutes.

            With Munster restored
            to their full complement, Eoghan Hickey managed their first points from
            a penalty but the home side immediately struck back when, from a scrum,
            Humphreys put Trimble clear though referee Allain Rolland failed to
            notice a blatant forward pass from Ulster's outside half.

            With
            Humphreys adding his third conversion Ulster now led 21-3 and looked
            odds on to secure a bonus point. Seven minutes before the break, they
            nearly got their score with Trimble only hauled down by a last-ditch
            tackle from Ian Dowling and then Rory Best crossed the line but the try
            was disallowed due to obstruction and Ulster had to be content with
            their 21-3 lead at the break.

            But that was as good as it got
            for Ulster. Five minutes after the restart, John O'Sullivan's
            gut-busting break from his own 22 set up a try for Trevor Halstead and
            with Hickey's conversion Munster — missing virtually their entire
            first-choice side — had closed Ulster's lead to 21-10.

            Three
            minutes after the hour, the crucial score arrived after Paddy Wallace
            carried the ball over his line under pressure from the advancing red
            hordes.

            O'Sullivan picked up from the
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              Pictures of last night's game fromColin H:


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                picture 5053 on that link is the group that were right next to me at the match [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]
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