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Friday, April 13, 2012

Ulster's Craig Gilroy scores memorable individual effort against Munster

Young Ulster flyer Craig Gilroy finished off a classic try in the first half of their Heineken Cup quarter final against Munster at Thomond Park. In a weekend that produced some great moments, this was yet another that was much talked about.

Ulster surprised many and came away 22-16 winners over Irish rivals Munster on Sunday, seeing them through to the semi-finals of the tournament, where they will face Edinburgh.

Young winger Craig Gilroy scored the try of the game as he was given some space out wide and took every inch, beating Denis Hurley and a host of hapless defenders on the way to the line.

It looked as though Gilroy could have butchered the opportunity by not feeding the support, but the tackles from Munster fell off and he took full advantage to score a lovely Ulster try.

"Stefan put me away down the left wing. It was a good pass from him, and really it was a flash after that," explained Gilroy. "I beat one defender, then managed to step inside again. I saw the try-line – I probably should have passed a couple of times – and went for it.

"It was right in front of me and I thought, ‘sure try’, then I saw Mafi coming for me. From the start of the season Brian (McLaughlin) has been telling me to transfer the ball and fend off. That was in my head and I managed to get over." 

There's now mumblings of him being a candidate for Ireland's tour of New Zealand in the summer.

"Who knows, I’ll concentrate on Ulster," said Gilroy during the week, focussing instead on the win. 

"It was very important for Ulster. Thomond Park isn’t an easy place to go and play. We’re delighted with the win. We believe we can go all the way. We have some of the world’s best players on the team, and playing alongside them is brilliant. I’m really enjoying that," he said.

You can view full highlights of the game here | View all quarter final highlights here

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Munster vs Ulster Highlights - HEC Quarter final

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edward_coleman April 13, 2012 4:00 pm

Good solo-effort, mixed with mixed tackles

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Pedro Lischmo April 13, 2012 4:07 pm

Great defence! Sneaks Gear will put him on his you know what if he tries that in NZ.

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coostov April 13, 2012 4:55 pm

Good thing Munster missed two tackles...he should passed that ball inside after he got around the outside.

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GraceOfBod April 13, 2012 5:00 pm

Great pace to beat the first man, prob shud have passed it bu did well in the end.

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10stonenumber10 April 13, 2012 5:40 pm

Fantastic balance and feet. Gaps he had no right to get through... he even looked a bit confused himself when he scored it. A touch of Shane Williams about this try, if he keeps doing it he's going to be one hell of a prospect

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Juggernauter April 13, 2012 8:56 pm

Thats' a great try. Tons of skill in it.

But God, Hurley and Zebo... good lord.

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LND April 13, 2012 9:33 pm

Zebo shows his actual ability in that one, sadly exposed.

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modeselektor April 14, 2012 1:31 am

Watching this was screaming for the pass, but he did well in the end...a great little jink to do hurley, zebo looked a bit stupid

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cmac April 16, 2012 6:47 pm

Poites inability to spot wallace coming in from the side at preceding ruck sums up the level of reffing on the day.. it baffles me how he misses/choses to miss so much, while being so pedantic in others areas of the game eg scrum.. great finish by Gilroy tho, looks a great prospect, and fair play to ulster..

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