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Thursday 14 December 2017

Gilroy grabs comeback double in Ulster rout

Ulster 41 Edinburgh 17

Two tries from fit-again Ireland international Craig Gilroy helped Ulster move up to third in the Pro12 table thanks to an easy bonus-point win at Ravenhill.

Skipper Robbie Diack, who led from the front, was also on the scoresheet along with lively scrum-half Paul Marshall and out-half James McKinney, who produced a flawless kicking game, landing seven from seven to collect a personal tally of 21 points.

The visitors landed two late scores through Greig Tonks and Grayson Hart to back up the opening try by Cornell du Preez.

Edinburgh took a deserved lead in the 12th minute when right winger Dougie Fife broke through Michael Allen's tackle to set No 8 Du Preez racing in at the corner.

There was worse news for Ulster as Ireland lock Iain Henderson limped off, leaving fans querying his match fitness following a toe injury. Winger Allen soon followed him off after receiving a bang to the head in the lead-up to the try.

ASTUTELY

McKinney got Ulster on the board in the 15th minute with a long-range penalty. Midway through the half, Gilroy scored in the left-hand corner after collecting a long floated pass from Darren Cave. McKinney exquisitely converted from the touchline.

Ulster's second try came in the 33rd minute with Cave playing a key role. He broke through a series of tackles and when the ball went to ground, Marshall tapped the ball over the line and followed up to score, with the help of the TMO.

McKinney added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to leave Ulster leading 20-5.

Robbie Diack then crashed over at the posts for try number three.

McKinney converted and added the extras to Ulster's bonus-point try three minutes later when Gilroy intercepted a pass to touch down. McKinney scored Ulster's fifth try before Tonks and Hart bagged consolations.

Ulster – C Gilroy; A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall (P Nelson 66), M Allen (R Andrew 22); J McKinney, P Marshall (D Shanahan 68); C Black (T Court 58), R Herring, J Afoa (R Lutton 66); L Stevenson (M McComish 47), I Henderson (D Tuohy 15); R Diack (capt), S Doyle, R Wilson.

Edinburgh – G Tonks; D Fife, J Dominguez, B Atiga, J Cuthbert (T Brown 66); H Leonard, S Hidalgo-Clyne (G Hart 66); W Blaauw, A Lutui, WP Nel; O Atkins, I van der Westhuizen; T Leonardi (R Rennie 40), R Grant (capt), C Du Preez.

REF – N Hennessy (WRU).

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