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Munster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby Predictions, Betting Tips, and H2H 01/06/2024

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Two of Ireland’s biggest teams face each other in the United Rugby Championship on the last day of the season. Table-toppers Munster will host sixth-place Ulster at Thomond Park. The game goes down on Saturday, June 1st at  5.15 pm.

Munster can secure their position at the top of the table in a successful league campaign. Meanwhile, Ulster wants to claim another Irish scalp after a brilliant victory over Leinster last weekend.

The Northerners will travel to Limerick as underdogs against a dangerous Munster team. However, when two provincial rivals face off in the United Rugby Championship, anything can happen.

Munster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby Key Stats and Head-to-Head

Munster is in decent form right now with four wins in their last five games. They’re also unbeaten in the URC since New Year’s Day. The last team to defeat them in the competition was Connacht, in a surprise loss for the southern province. Ulster will hope to emulate their Western counterparts. They’re riding a wave of positivity after overcoming Leinster last weekend. However, it’s crucial to note that this was a distracted Leinster team with one eye on the Champion’s Cup Final. However, Ulster got the job done and Leinster lost to another French side in the ERCC Final.

There is no pressure on this game as Ulster sealed their playoff place with a victory in Dublin. Jacob Stockdale scored his try in between Nick Timoney’s brace as they shocked Leinster. It was an uplifting victory for Richie Murphy as his reign as head coach began with a bang.

It’s never easy to predict rugby games between Ulster and Munster because either team can win. They’ve both achieved three victories apiece in their last six meetings. Their most recent clash saw Ulster overcome their rivals 21-14 in November 2023.

Craig Casey scored two tries for Munster with the first coming after just five minutes. Ulster trailed 14-8 at half-time. However, they didn’t give up and overcame an eleven-point deficit to achieve a brilliant win. Jacob Stockdale and Nick Timoney got the key tries for Ulster to seal victory in this game. Meanwhile, their defence was resolute as Munster tried and failed to respond. It may be a different story in Thomond Park in front of Munster’s passionate fans.

Munster defeated Ulster in the previous match in January 2023. They won by the tightest of margins, with a single point separating the sides. That’s typical of these provinces who leave everything on the field when they face each other.

Meanwhile, Munster’s last win saw them overcome Edinburgh at the DAM Health Stadium. They won 26-29 as they maintained their lead at the top of the URC table. This gritty victory also saw them secure a valuable bonus point. Jack Crowley had an outstanding game for the men in red, scoring and kicking efficiently for his team.

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale may be the most dangerous attacker in this match-up. The standout wing has 20 clean breaks for his team. Stockdale and his teammate Tom Stewart have eight tries in the URC this season. Tom Ahern is Munster’s leading try scorer with six.

Munster’s Gavin Coombes has been one of their most impressive players this year. He leads the URC with 101 successful carries. Coombes has the second most tackles in the competition with 181. John Cooney is Ulster’s top scorer this season with 82 points while Billy Burns has a 100% kicking record. Meanwhile, Munster fly-half Jack Crowley has 88 points while his backup, Joey Carbery, has 47.

Craig Casey missed Munster’s recent game against Connacht but returned against Edinburgh. He’s one of Ireland’s top scrum-halves and Munster will want him to show it ahead of the playoffs. Evergreen veteran Conor Murray is an experienced replacement on the bench. Ulster’s Billy Burns will join Munster in the summer. However, he hopes to cause his new team pain in this game. Burns is enjoying a strong URC campaign and is a key cog in Richie Murphy’s attack.

This has the potential to be an incredible rugby match. On paper, Munster is in a better place than Ulster right now. But anything can happen when these teams face each other.

Munster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby Predictions

Correct Score Prediction: Munster: 30– 10 Ulster

We predict Munster Rugby will win this game comfortably. They want to top the URC table and have a home advantage against Ulster. Their provincial rivals have already qualified for the playoffs, so they don’t need to push themselves. Munster’s pride will be key in motivating them to beat Ulster.

Munster has scored at least 20 points in each of their wins in 2024. They’ve also passed the 40-point threshold three times in that period. The team spreads the scores around and doesn’t depend on one or two players. Munster scored 425 total points this year compared to Ulster’s 390.

Ulster player jogging with ball in hand

Ulster knows Jacob Stockdale and Nick Timoney must be on their A-game if they hope to get something from this fixture. Timoney has seven tries for his team, so these men make up a huge percentage of the northern province’s scores. Munster has a better balance than Ulster and will want revenge for the last time they met. Meanwhile, Ulster has a relatively new coach in Richie Murphy. He’s enjoyed a decent start, but this game could teach him a harsh lesson.

Jack Crowley will be crucial for Munster in this match. The fly-half has established himself as Ireland’s first choice and will hope to impress ahead of the upcoming internationals. Crowley was superb against Edinburgh in their last match and has momentum on his side.

Live betting is a great option for this game because anything can happen. It may be worth betting on Munster to win the second half if Ulster takes a shock lead into half-time.

Munster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby Betting Tips

Munster are big favourites to win this game at Thomond Park. However, it’s not worth betting on Munster to win outright because the odds aren’t lucrative. It’s currently 2/13 for them to achieve victory. This means that a €10 stake could see a €1.54 profit.

There will be a temptation to bet on Ulster, especially since they recently triumphed over Leinster. At our sports betting site, they’re available to win with odds of 9/2. The same stake could see returns of €45.

Betting on rugby is exciting because there are so many markets. The winning margin is usually an excellent option. It’s most likely that Munster will win by 15 points at 20/21. This means a successful €10 stake could make a €9.52 profit.

Alternatively, Ulster’s most likely winning margin is 1 to 7 points at 15/2. The same stake could see huge returns of €85. If you’re betting on Ulster, it may be sensible to pick their first try-scorer. Jacob Stockdale is the most likely, but Nick Timoney and Tom Stewart are also prolific this season.

The fly-halves could also have an important influence on this game. They will contribute to this game, hopefully resulting in a fantastic game of rugby. You can look into the odd or even market if the points start flowing. We predict this match will finish with an odd total.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our welcome bonus. Register a new account and use your bonus on a variety of markets and sports. How about betting on the United Rugby Championship winner? Munster are currently third-favourites at 11/2! Betting €10 could win €55. Ulster are outsiders to win the URC at 22/1, a potential €220 profit from a ten-euro stake. It may be unlikely, but anything can happen in this competition.

Munster Rugby Team News and Predicted Line-Up

It’s unlikely that Graham Rowntree will make many changes. He’ll pick the strongest possible team because he wants his team to seal the URC’s top spot. Simon Zebo may start after he missed the Edinburgh game. Rowntree will evaluate Joey Carbery and Peter O’Mahony as they return from the sideline. Antoine Frisch should return to the back line. Craig Casey will continue in place of Conor Murray.

  • Munster Predicted line-up: Simon Zebo, Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Shane Daly, Jack Crowley, Craig Casey, Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Oli Jager, Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne, Jack O’Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, and Gavin Coombes.

Ulster Rugby Team News and Predicted Line-Up

Richie Murphy will select a similar team to the one that defeated Leinster. Tom O’Toole is fully fit and will continue instead of Scott Wilson at tighthead. It’s unlikely that Murphy will make many changes unless his players pick up a knock in training.

  • Ulster Predicted Line-Up: Mike Lowry, Ethan McIlroy, Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, John Cooney, Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O’Connor, Cormac Izuchukwu, David McCann, and Nick Timoney.
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