Ulster eventually shook off Ospreys late on in the game, but most of their talk will be of their captains dismissal. Ulster saw themselves in control of the game for long periods, but with Iain Henderson being shown a late red, they and Ireland will now likely be without the lock for upcoming games.
Stockdale scored the first of 3 Ulster tries while Marcell Coetzee got the second after halftime. 4 Ospreys penalties kept the Welsh side in the game, when really Ulster should have been out of site. Ospreys struggled to deal with Ulster’s power. Eventually Cooney got over to seal the win, converting his own try.
Ospreys 12-24 Ulster
Henderson was shown red late on for charging shoulder first into a ruck. Ireland and Ulster face a nervous wait on his availability.
The top 2 in Conference B last season were Edinburgh and Munster, and it is likely to be those two again competing for a home semi-final. CJ Standers late try with Ben Healy once again landing a late kick meant Munster are 100% from their first two games.
Two penalties inside the first 5 minutes from Healy gave Munster the lead. But Mark Bennett’s try, converted by van der Walt put the away side in front. Healy kicked another penalty to swing the lead back in Munster’s favor.
Jack O’Donoghue thought he had scored but his try was rulled by the TMO. Edinburgh took advantage through prop WP Nel. Healy kept Munster in the game with another penalty. At halftime Edinburgh led 12-14.
Van der Walt and healy exchanged penalties before the former was shown yellow just before the hour mark. Healy kicked the resulting penalty. Bennett kicked a penalty during the sin binning before van der Walt returned to extend the lead to 23-18. With three minutes to go Stander found his way over the line with Healy adding the conversion.
Munster 25-23 Edinburgh
A second big win in a row for Munster makes them early season favorites to top conference B.