Sunday 4 December 2016

Marshall efforts in vain for sloppy Ulster

Edinburgh 16-10 Ulster

Alan Lorimer

Published 17/10/2015 | 02:30

Ulster's Sean Reidy on his way to scoring a try
Ulster's Sean Reidy on his way to scoring a try
Ulster's Dan Tuohy collects a line-out
Ulster's Peter Nelson kicks behind the Edinburgh defence
Ulster's Peter Nelson kicks a conversion

Ulster's ponderous performance at Murrayfield last night ushered Edinburgh to a fourth straight win in the Pro12, but the visitors at least gained a bonus point.

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Apart from Paul Marshall, who produced a live-wire performance on his 150th appearance for his province, Ulster's backs were sloppy, with a series of dropped passes, knock-ons and inaccurate kicking.

The other back to catch the eye was wing Craig Gilroy, but his chances were limited in a game dominated by the forwards.

Ulster failed to make best use of their heavier pack, giving gave away too many penalties and turning over far too much ball.

At half-time, Edinburgh led 6-3, with two penalties from full-back Greig Tonks against one by visiting out-half Peter Nelson.

After a dynamic start to the second half Ulster took the lead with a try by flanker Sean Reidy after Marshall had chipped the ball into the home 22.

The ball was moved along the backline before the forwards took charge and Reidy crashed over, Nelson converting from wide out for a 10-6 lead.

Edinburgh replied swiftly with a try by man-of-the-match Hamish Watson, the flanker having created the try with a long cut-out pass before taking the return pass to go in unopposed, leaving Tonks with an easy conversion.

Tonks then kicked his third penalty to seal Ulster's fate on an uninspiring night.

Edinburgh - G Tonks; T Brown, C Dean (W Helu 40), A Strauss, D Hoyland; P Burleigh, N Fowles; A Dell (G Shiells 10, G Turner 68), N Cochrane, J Andress (S Berghan 64), A Bresler, F McKenzie; M Coman (C du Preez 56), H Watson, N Manu.

Ulster - L Ludik (I Humphreys 59); C Gilroy, S Arnold, S McCLoskey, A Trimble; P Nelson, P Marshall; C Black (A Warwick 56), R Herring (J Andrew 68), W Herbst (B Ross 56); D Tuohy (L Stevenson 35), F van der Merwe; R Wilson (W Faloon 51), S Reidy, N Williams.

Ref - D Phillips (IRFU)

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