Ulster suffer from Edinburgh backlash
Edinburgh 28 Ulster 17
Ulster suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield, two late tries by replacements Aaron Cairns and Jacob Stockdale salvaging some pride for the Kingspan men.
Ulster , who were missing key players because of the autumn internationals, came up against an Edinburgh side desperate to restore respectability after their miserable defeat by Zebre a week earlier.
In the event the home side played with pace, passion and not a little panache to stifle Ulster's hopes of playing creative rugby reflected by the half time score of 21-3. Ulster, seemingly unable to resist Edinburgh's high-tempo game were quickly seven points in arrears after the home side's flanker Viliame Mata had crashed through several tackles on his way to the line and out half Jason Tovey had converted.
Ulster soon conceded another try, this time by international wing Damien Hoyland.
The remainder of the first half descended into a kicking contest, with Edinburgh landing three penalties and Ruan Pienaar kicking Ulster's only first-half points.
Ulster made changes after the break but to no great effect as Edinburgh turned the screw with a break down the left touchline by replacement wing Mike Allen, whose perfect pass sent Magnus Bradbury in for the home side's third try.
Ulster came within inches of scoring when Tommy Bowe came off his blind side wing. Then when Charles Piutau chased a delicate chip from Pienaar, the full-back appeared to have scored only for Irish referee Andrew Brace to rule a knock on after consulting with the TMO.
But two tries in quick succession restored pride for Ulster, replacement Cairns taking Paul Marshall's deft chip for a try in the corner and then Stockdale producing a solo score, Pienaar converting both.
Edinburgh - B Kinghorn; D Hoyland, C Dean (S Hidalgo-Clyne 70), P Burleigh, T Brown (M Allen ht); J Tovey (D Weir 23-34), S Kennedy ; J Cosgrove (K Whyte 69), N Cochrane (S McInally 61), M McCallum (F Arregui 56), F McKenzie (L Carmichael 68), B Toolis, V Mata (C Du Preez 45), J Ritchie (C Du Preez 35-41), M Bradbury
Ulster - C Piutau; T Bowe (A Cairns 64), L Marshall, S Windsor (P Marshall 64), R Lyttle; B Herron (J Stockdale 42), R Pienaar; K McCall (A Warwick 56), R Herring, W Herbst (K Ross 47), D Tuohy (C Joyce 42), F van der Merwe (R Diack 42), P Browne, C Ross, S Reidy
Ref - A Brace (IRFU)