Ulster Women travelled to Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin on Saturday evening for the 3rd Place Playoff game against Munster Women.
Relentless pressure from the kick off saw Ulster 22 – 0 down in 22 minutes, through 4 Munster tries, 1 converted.
Ulster did manage occasional forays into Munster territory from breaks but it was almost entirely one way traffic and Ulster conceded another 2 converted tries, before the break to leave Munster 34 – 0 to the good at half time.
An Ulster break, minutes after the restart, saw the ball quickly transferred to the left, allowing Diane Ramsay to squeeze in at the corner for an unconverted try.
Ulster withstood another Munster onslaught, but on 50 minutes conceded another unconverted try.
A few minutes later slow ball from a Munster ruck put pressure on their back line and Maeve Liston intercepted and ran unopposed to the posts for a try, converted by Vicky Irwin.
After a welter of substitutions the game became bogged down between the ’22s’ and in the rain the game stagnated, with no further scores.
Munster were well worth their victory. Ulster can take heart in an improved 2nd half performance in what was ultimately a very disappointing championship.
Report and photo credit – Bob Given Photography