Report | Edinburgh 10 Ulster 16

Report | Edinburgh 10 Ulster 16

22 days ago

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Ulster produced a superb defensive performance as they picked up a vital URC win away to Edinburgh.

Prior to kick-off, a moment of silence was held to remember former Ulster flanker Pedrie Wannenburg after his tragic death. The Springbok played a major role in Ulster’s Heineken Cup and Pro12 campaigns, making 54 appearances.

As the game got under way, Edinburgh created a chance with just seconds on the clock through a James Lang line break, but it came to nothing after a knock-on from Hamish Watson in support.

Ulster were then put on the back foot after 5 minutes when Nick Timoney was shown the yellow card after his shoulder made contact with the head of Stuart McInally during a tackle.

The visitors also had to manage without captain Iain Henderson after an early injury forced him to be replaced by Alan O’Connor, while Stewart Moore had to come on in place of Stuart McCloskey.

Despite these changes, and the numerical disadvantage, Ulster made the most of Edinburgh’s repeated poor discipline at the lineout to work their way into the 22 through the boot of Billy Burns.

In the 14th minute, several strong carries from the forwards saw Ulster build the pressure and work their way to within 5 metres of the Edinburgh line. The breakthrough came when Moore showed great hands to tip it wide to Rob Baloucoune to dive into the corner from close range to score. Despite the tricky angle from the touchline, Nathan Doak added the extras to make it 7-0.

The scrum-half then knocked over a penalty with 20 minutes on the clock after an Edinburgh forward was caught on the wrong side of the ruck. Although Edinburgh looked dangerous on the counter, Ulster were able to control most of the territory and eventually got the chance to extend their lead.

The home side’s discipline at the ruck was the problem this time, and from just outside the 22 Doak slotted another easy penalty with 34 minutes on the clock. Edinburgh then notched their first points of the night on the stroke of half time as Emiliano Boffelli knocked over a penalty to make it 3-13.

Further problems for the Scots at the breakdown gave Doak the chance to extend the Ulster lead 3 minutes into the second half, but his effort cannoned back off the post. A few minutes later he had another chance after the Scots made a tackle off the ball, and this time Doak made no mistake and nudged Ulster another 3 points further ahead.

Ulster were then shown their second yellow card of the game. Alan O’Connor was sent to the bin with 54 minutes played after repeated offences while defending the Edinburgh maul inside the Ulster 22. Waves of Edinburgh attack soon followed, but Ulster defended their line superbly and the home side couldn’t find a way through despite their superior numbers.

O’Connor returned to the field with the score still sitting at 3-16, but the Scots suddenly got their first try with 68 minutes on the clock through Mark Bennett’s chip and chase effort. Boffelli added the extra points to set up a tense final 10 minutes.

Ulster had to soak up phase after phase of relentless Edinburgh attack, and with the last play of the game the Scots won a penalty and elected to tap and go from 5 metres. The home side threw everything at the Ulster line, but eventually knocked the ball on, and Ulster secured a decisive win.

Full Time Score: Edinburgh 10-16 Ulster

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Scorers

Edinburgh

Try: Mark Bennett

Con: Emiliano Boffelli

Pen: Emiliano Boffelli

Ulster

Tries: Rob Baloucoune

Con: Nathan Doak

Pens: Nathan Doak (3)

Line-ups

Edinburgh

(15-9) Jaco van der Walt, Damien Hoyland, Mark Bennett, James Lang, Emiliano Boffelli, Blair Kinghorn, Ben Vellacott,

(1-8) Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Jamie Hodgson, Grant Gilchrist (Capt.), Luke Crosbie, Hamish Watson, Magnus Bradbury.

Replacements: Dave Cherry, Harrison Courtney, Lee-Roy Atalifo, Pierce Phillips, Ben Muncaster, Henry Pyrgos, Chris Dean, Matt Currie,

Ulster

(15-9) Mike Lowry, Rob Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, Nathan Doak;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Gareth Milasinovich, Kieran Treadwell, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Marcus Rea, Nick Timoney, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Brad Roberts, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, Matty Rea, John Cooney, Stewart Moore, Rob Lyttle.

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