|Edinburgh (7) 14|
|Tries: Blain 2 Cons: Chamberlain 2|
|Ulster (19) 43|
|Tries: Moore, Andrew 3, Cooney 2, Murphy Cons: Cooney 4|
Ulster went prime of Pro14 Convention A after an eighth victory out of eight this season towards Edinburgh.
The guests raced right into a 19-point lead as Stewart Moore, John Andrew and John Cooney crossed.
Jack Blain registered a transformed strive earlier than and after half-time to cut back Edinburgh’s arrears.
Jordi Murphy ensured a bonus-point win for Ulster earlier than Cooney obtained his second attempt to Andrew added two extra as Dan McFarland’s aspect moved above Leinster.
Leinster path by three factors however have a recreation in hand whereas Edinburgh are fifth in Convention B with two wins from seven matches.
Ulster should have thought they’d put Edinburgh to mattress halfway by the primary half. Their domination was full.
The primary strive got here as early because the fourth minute when Andrew and Cooney scampered away up the fitting with the scrum-half placing Moore away for the rating. Cooney then made it 7-0. For Edinburgh, it was a dismal starting. For Ulster, it was in all probability what they have been anticipating.
Simply earlier than the top of the primary quarter, Ulster struck once more, Andrew ploughing over from shut vary. Ulster’s energy was an excessive amount of. 5 minutes later, they obtained their third rating. Their forwards having taken them downfield, Cooney then sniped his approach over from shut vary. Edinburgh’s defence was gentle and dozing. Cooney banged over the conversion for good measure.
At that time, it was wanting like a rout. The final time Ulster have been in Edinburgh they delivered a terrific come-from-behind victory within the semi-final of the final season’s Pro14. This one appeared like being a pillar-to-post win. It was, however not completely in the way in which we thought.
Simply as quickly as Ulster had constructed a lead, they fell off the tempo of the sport and allowed Edinburgh to clamber their approach again into it. Blain got here in on a pointy line off James Johnstone to attain, Chamberlain changing.
That was on the half-hour. Simply after the break, Blain scored once more, accepting an offload from Eroni Sau from shut vary. Chamberlain made it 19-14 with the boot.
Edinburgh thought they’d worn out the deficit altogether quickly after when a Chamberlain penalty got here slapping again off Ulster’s left-hand upright. Jamie Farndale beat Cooney to the free ball to the touch down however the rating was dominated out. Farndale was forward of Chamberlain on the purpose of contact. A sickener for the house aspect.
Ulster sickened them additional inside minutes. As of late, it is virtually more durable to not rating from a pushed 5m lineout than it’s too rating. Positive sufficient, when Ulster obtained area place they executed. Murphy piled by for the bonus level and Cooney made it an eight-point recreation with the conversion. To make issues worse, Invoice Mata, not lengthy on the sphere as a alternative, was binned.
That strive, on prime of their very own near-miss from Farndale, just about did for Edinburgh, however there was a flourish from the Ulstermen earlier than the top. Ian Madigan began it with a half-break and fend of Luke Crosbie, earlier than offloading out the aspect door to Sam Carter.
The lock galloped on, drew the quilt and put in Cooney for a beautiful strive that settled it as soon as and for all. With the additional two from Cooney, Ulster have been again to the place they have been earlier than with a 19-point lead. Edinburgh desperately want the return of their worldwide cavalry earlier than their season turns to mush for good.
Ulster hammered residence their superiority once more with one other pushed lineout. Like capturing fish in a barrel, Andrew was the person once more. And once more. The hooker accomplished his hat-trick within the final play. One other battering of the Edinburgh line, one other instance of Ulster’s superior muscle and one other strive. A as soon as tight affair had turn out to be a 40-point shellacking.
Frankly, the ultimate whistle was a blessing for Edinburgh.
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill: “We had a poor begin. We obtained ourselves again into it. We simply could not maintain it. If we had obtained Jamie Farndale’s strive, if it wasn’t offside, perhaps it could’ve been barely totally different.
“As soon as the momentum turned, we weren’t sturdy sufficient to deal with it. In the end, they have been simply higher than us. We have simply obtained to maintain working at our recreation. We have not obtained the depth. We’re lacking so many gamers. We’re lacking a pack of forwards and a few.”
Edinburgh: Blain, Sau, Johnstone, Dean, Farndale, Chamberlain, Pyrgos, Schoeman, Cherry, Atalifo, Ferreira, Davidson, Bradbury, Crosbie, Miller.
Replacements: Coombes for Farndale (70), Shiel for Pyrgos (68), Grahamslaw for Schoeman (77), Willemse for Cherry (65), Gamble for Atalifo (70), Hodgson for Ferreira (54), Boyle for Crosbie (70), Mata for Miller (49). Sin Bin: Mata (60).
Ulster: Lowry, Faddes, Hume, S. Moore, Lyttle, Madigan, Cooney, Warwick, Andrew, M. Moore, A. O’Connor, Carter, Reidy, Murphy, Coetzee.
Replacements: Sexton for Lyttle (8), Johnston for Madigan (68), Shanahan for Cooney (68), McCall for Warwick (48), Milasinovich for M. Moore (50), D. O’Connor for A. O’Connor (64), McCann for Reidy (68), Roberts for Coetzee (74).