Ulster 38 – 16 Edinburgh
Ulster came from behind to defeat Edinburgh at Ravenhill on Friday night, and in the process kept their hopes of reaching the playoffs of the RaboDirect Pro12 series very much alive.
Sep Visser had the home fans in shock early on as he crossed over for a try to give Edinburgh a 5-0 lead. However, Paul Marshall soon had the sides level and a conversion from Pienaar gave Ulster the lead for the first time in the game. Stefan Terblanche then increased the Irish sides lead with their second try on the night. Pienaar converted and did the same on thirty two minutes when D’Arcy added try number three. Phil Godman scored a late penalty for Edinburgh to leave the score 21-8 to Ulster at the break.
The same player added three further points after the restart to leave it 21-11. Ulster then made a period of pressure tell and were awarded a penalty try for their efforts. Again Pienaar converted to leave it 28-11 to Ulster. Chris Cochrane impressed after entering the game and scored a try on sixty four minutes to seal the game. Tim Visser crossed over for Edinburgh but it was far too late for a revival.
Humphreys had the final say on the night, his try in the final minute leaving it 38-16 to Ulster. On the evidence of this display the Irish side will take plenty of beating in the competition. Brian McLaughlin was missing a number of players but those that were called upon stepped up to the mark.