Wednesday 23 August 2017

Revived Ulster bring an end to losing streak

Ulster 24 Edinburgh 18

Jacob Stockdale of Ulster gets past Sean Kennedy of Edinburgh Rugby to score his side's fourth try. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jacob Stockdale of Ulster gets past Sean Kennedy of Edinburgh Rugby to score his side's fourth try. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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A much more confident Ulster side finally shrugged off their losing streak with a bonus-point win over Edinburgh at the Kingspan Stadium last night.

But it was far from the Ulster of old, and there was bad news when Charles Piutau limped off with a leg problem.

Tries by Paul Marshall, Darren Cave, Louis Ludik and Jacob Stockdale had the game more or less wrapped up by the interval as Ulster led 24-10.

Typically of late, Ulster began with an unforced error which allowed Edinburgh to take a second-minute lead, the visitor's No 8 Magnus Bradbury crashing over in the corner.

But soon afterwards the lively Paul Marshall skipped over at the posts with Peter Nelson adding the extras.

Ulster added to their total in the 19th minute when after a strong bulldozing charge by big right wing Jacob Stockdale had sucked in the Edinburgh defence, the ball was flashed left and Cave dotted down.

Louis Ludik of Ulster is tackled by Ben Toolis and Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Louis Ludik of Ulster is tackled by Ben Toolis and Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

A glorious piece of brilliance followed from Charles Piutau when he took the ball wide on the left, sprinted clear and left the Edinburgh defence for dead with his dancing feet before giving Ludik a clear run-in to the line. Then Stockdale sprinted in under the posts for that all-important fourth try.

Ulster took their foot off the pedal in the run-up to half-time with Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally crashing over.

Edinburgh struck first in the second half through Hoyland despite the home side's territorial dominance.

And Sam Hidalgo-Clyne rifled over a penalty to make it 24-18.

Ulster - L Ludik; J Stockdale, D Cave (McCloskey, 40), S Olding, C Piutau (Bowe, 50); P Nelson, P Marshall (Shanahan, 67); A Warwick (Black, 55), J Andrew, R Lutton (Herbst, 40); K Treadwell (Browne, 63), A O'Connor (Murphy, 74); R Diack, C Henry (capt), M Coetzee (Reidy, 60).

Edinburgh - B Kinghorn (Scholes, 43); D Hoyland, C Dean, P Burleigh(Allen, 65, Burleigh, 70), T Brown; J Tovey, S Kennedy (Hidalgo-Clyne, 49); J Cosgrove , S NcInally (Turney, 56 (capt), M McCallum (Beavon, 63); F McKenzie (Carmichael, 63), B Toolis; V Mata (Fihaki, 63) , J Ritchie (Appiah, 67), M Bradbury.

Ref - Nigel Owens (WRU).

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