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Scotland target Ben Healy earns Munster dramatic victory at Ulster

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Munster players celebrate with Ben Healy of Munster after he kicked the match winning conversion in the United Rugby Championship between Ulster and Munster at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

A late Ben Healy try and conversion saw Munster stage a remarkable comeback to shade the Irish derby 15-14 at Ulster in the New Year’s Day interprovincial.

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Munster came from being 9-0 behind in the opening half thanks to a Paddy Patterson try before Robert Baloucoune’s 67th-minute try looked to have sealed it for the home team.

Instead substitute Healy then slotted a penalty before, with the clock in red, he dotted down, adding the conversion to win the clash.

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It took 15 minutes of fairly scrappy play before John Cooney got Ulster moving with a well-struck penalty.

Four minutes later he did the same after James Hume had been taken out without the ball and on 24 minutes Cooney landed a third penalty after Jack O’Donoghue was offside.

Munster then came back into the game after Marty Moore had to be carted off with a leg injury but though they laid siege to the Ulster line, which led to Tom Stewart’s 34th-minute yellow card, the home team held firm to make it to half-time 9-0 in front.

Four minutes after the restart Munster scored the first try of the game when Patterson scampered clear at a ruck to dot down. Jack Crowley hit the upright with his conversion to keep Ulster 9-5 ahead.

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There were no further scores until the 67th minute when Ulster finally moved the ball into space from left to right, Stuart McCloskey’s long skip pass finding Baloucoune who raced clear to touch the ball down.

Nathan Doak missed the difficult conversion.

Healy then kicked a 73rd-minute penalty before the game ended with Munster coming at Ulster strongly and with the clock in red, Healy dived over near the posts, with his conversion then winning the game.

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