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There Were Two Hugely Controversial Decisions As Ulster Takedown Munster In Thomond

There Were Two Hugely Controversial Decisions As Ulster Takedown Munster In Thomond
By Colman Stanley Updated
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Ulster secured a first victory over Munster in Thomond Park since 2014, with a narrow 15-14 win, in a game that was marred by a couple of contentious calls.

The niggle and bite which flowed through today's URC inter-pro derby managed to boil over at times, and resulted in two controversial acts of foul play.

Both incidents brought a lot of negative reactions on social media, both against the players in question, and referee Frank Murphy's adjudication.

Early in the first-half, Ulster no. 8 Duane Vermeulen - who ended up securing the match winning turnover - was found tussling on the floor with Munster's Diarmuid Barron. A penalty against the South African initially looked fair, but on closer viewing, replays showed that the no. 8 made contact with Barron's eye area.

While the contact was brief and possibly accidental, most incidents of its kind result in a red card, and there was shock when no card of either colour was shown.

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The next altercation took place on the stroke of half-time when Malakai Fekitoa put in a high shot on Ulster's David McCann, driving up and causing dangerous shoulder to head contact.

After multiple replays, and the commentators sure that a red was incoming, Murphy summoned a couple of mitigating factors and gave Fekitoa the lenient sentence of ten minutes in the bin.

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The defeat gives Munster their fifth loss in seven URC games this season, while Ulster sit nicely in second place behind Leinster.

Other positives for Ulster were the man-of-the-match performance from Marty Moore, celebrating his recent call-back to the Irish squad, while new signing Rory Sutherland made three turnovers in his debut off the bench.

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