Sunday 22 April 2018

Ulster's bonus-point joy

Edinburgh 20 Ulster 32

Jacob Stockdale gets away from Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn. Photo: Sportsfile
Jacob Stockdale gets away from Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn. Photo: Sportsfile

Ulster put behind them weeks of misery both on and off the field to secure a confidence-restoring bonus-point victory that keeps hopes alive of the province reaching the PRO14 play-offs.

Edinburgh opened the scoring with a Duncan Weir penalty but Ulster's reply was emphatic as Charles Piutau and Jacob Stockdale combined to put Darren Cave in for an opening try, converted by John Cooney for a 7-3 lead.

Ulster's Iain Henderson his side's bonus try. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's Iain Henderson his side's bonus try. Photo: Sportsfile

A second Weir penalty again brought a spectacular response as this time Piutau was the finisher from a clever back move.

Stockdale then cut through Edinburgh's midfield defence before putting Cooney in for his side's third try. The scrum-half converted his own try.

Weir then intercepted Cooney's pass before running 55 metres for a try under the posts which he duly converted. Blair Kinghorn broke clear only for the Edinburgh full-back to kick the ball dead, leaving the visitors with a 19-13 interval advantage.

A penalty by Cooney stretched the lead before the hosts were awarded a penalty try, making it 22-20.

Ulster's Darren Cave is tackled by Edinburgh's Jamie Ritchie. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's Darren Cave is tackled by Edinburgh's Jamie Ritchie. Photo: Sportsfile

Ulster's narrow lead was widened with another penalty from Cooney before Iain Henderson burst from a ruck to score the last try, and secure a bonus point.

Edinburgh - B Kinghorn; D Fife, M Bennett, P Burleigh (C Dean 50), D Van Der Merwe; D Weir, S Hidalgo-Clyne (S Kennedy 60); J Lay (R Sutherland 55), S McInally (N Cochrane 60), S Berghan (WP Nel 55), B Toolis (L Carmichael 55, G Gilchrist, M Bradbury, J Ritchie, V Mata (C du Preez 55)

Ulster - C Piutau; L Ludik (T Bowe 38), D Cave, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; J McPhillips, J Cooney; A Warwick (T O'Hagan ), R Best (R Herring 74), T O'Toole (R Ah You 60), M Dalton (A O'Connor 45), I Henderson, M Rea, N Timoney, (S Reidy 71) J Deysel.

Ref - N Owens (Wales)

Ulster's John Cooney. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's John Cooney. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's John Cooney kicks a penalty. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's John Cooney kicks a penalty. Photo: Sportsfile

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