Saturday sport: Ulster lose to La Rochelle in thriller

Saturday Sport: Ulster Lose To La Rochelle In Thriller
Heineken Champions Cup Round 2 Pool B, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/12/2022 Ulster vs La Rochelle Ulster's Eric O’Sullivan is tackled by Romain Sazy of La Rochelle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ben Brady
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World Cup

Croatia have beaten Morocco 2-1 in the third place play-off game at the World Cup.

Josko Gvardiol fired the Croats in front on seven minutes, but the African side hit back through Dari on 9 minutes.


Mislav Orsic  restored Croatia's lead shortly before half-time.

France face Argentina in the final tomorrow.

Scottish Premiership

Celtic left it late to restore their nine-point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 1-0 victory at Aberdeen.

Returning captain Callum McGregor struck the winner in the closing stages of their first competitive game since the World Cup break.


Hearts host Kilmarnock, while St Johnstone go to Ross County.

Motherwell against St Mirren was postponed and Livingston's game with Dundee United didn't pass this morning's pitch inspection.


The Irish women's hockey team have been beaten by Japan in the bronze medal match of the Nations Cup in Valencia.

Ireland led by 2 goals to 1 thanks to strikes from Katie Mullan and Niamh Carey.

But two late goals from Japan handed them the victory.

Ireland stand for the anthem ahead of their match against Japan. Photo: Will Palmer/Inpho


Sarsfields of Galway have retained their All-Ireland senior club camogie title at Croke Park.

They were taking on Antrim's Loughgiel Shamrocks in this year's decider.

The match finished Sarsfield 2-14, Loughgiel 1-14.


Ulster's second half fight-back just wasn't enough as Dan Mc Farland's side had to settle for a losing bonus point in their Heineken Champions Cup match with La Rochelle.

Ulster trailed the French outfit by 29-0 at the break.

But a second half turnaround saw Dan Mc Farland's charges score four tries as it finished La Rochelle 36-29 Ulster.

Munster are in Heineken Champions Cup action this afternoon.

Jack Crowley, Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Jack O'Donoghue come into the side after defeat by Toulouse.

The game at Franklin's Gardens kicks off at 1pm.

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