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Date Time Competition Season
30 April 2022 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

URC: Ulster boost home knock-out chances

Ulster boosted their hopes of a finishing in a home quarter finals position in the URC with a tightly contested 16-10 win away to Edinburgh.

Robert Baloucoune’s first half try along with three Nathan Doak penalties had Ulster 13-3 up at half time, but Mark Bennett’s try on 68 minutes made it a nervy finish. Edinburgh pummelled the Ulster try line in dramatically tense closing stages, but the visitors held out for a crucial win. 

Seeking to bounce back from the error-strewn defeat to Munster, Ulster began well. Despite an early yellow card for flanker Nick Timoney, it was in fact Edinburgh who fell behind. Ulster patiently built the phases and eventually Stewart Moore, on as an early substitute, played in winger Robert Baloucoune to score in the corner. Nathan Doak converted superbly and Ulster, despite being a man down and having little territory, were 7-0 ahead. 

Doak slotted two more penalties in a scrappy first half disrupted by several early injuries and Ulster led 13-0. A penalty from Emiliano Boffelli in the last kick of the half, gave Edinburgh their first points of the match but the Belfast province led 13-3 at the break. 

The second half saw Doak extend the lead to 16-3 before Alan O’Connor, an earlier replacement for Ian Henderson, was sin binned. Ironically, after Ulster had been restored to 15 men, was when Edinburgh scored, the in-form Mark Bennett dotting down.

That made it 16-10 and with 12 minutes to go, a suddenly tense conclusion loomed. But a combination of Edinburgh bluntness, some outstanding tackles and resolute defending all over allowed Ulster to secure the victory. 

Dan McFarland will hope this resilience is a building block on which a home place in the URC playoffs can be secured. Edinburgh’s home hopes, meanwhile, have taken been severely wounded. 

Edinburgh

15Jaco Van Der Walt Full-Back
14Damien Hoyland Winger
13Mark Bennett Centre 68'
12James Lang 22 Centre
11Emiliano Boffelli Winger 68'
40+1'
10Blair Kinghorn Fly-Half
9Ben Vellacott 21 Scrum-Half
1Pierre Schoeman Prop
2Stuart McInally 16 Hooker
3WP Nell 18 Prop
4Jamie Hodgson 19 Lock
5Grant Gilchrist Lock
6Luke Crosbie 20 Flanker
7Hamish Watson Flanker
8Magnus Bradbury No. 8
16David Cherry 2 Hooker
17Harrison Courtney
18Lee-Roy Atalifo 3
19Pierce Philips 4
20Ben Muncaster 6
21Henry Pyrgos 9 Scrum-Half
22Chris Dean 12 Centre
23Matthew Currie Centre

Ulster

15Michael Lowry 21 Full-Back
14Robert Baloucoune Winger 13'
13James Hume Centre
12Stuart McCloskey 22 Centre
11Ethan Mcilroy Winger
10Billy Burns Fly-Half
9Nathan Doak 21 Scrum-Half 14'
19', 34', 48'
1Andrew Warwick 17 Prop
2Rob Herring 16 Hooker
3Gareth Milasinovich 18 Prop
4Kieran Treadwell Lock
5Iain Henderson 19 Lock
6Marcus Rea 20 Flanker
7Nick Timoney Flanker 5'
8Duane Vermeulen No. 8
16Bradley Roberts 2 Hooker
17Eric O’Sullivan 1 Prop
18Ross Kane 3 Prop
19Alan O’Connor 5 Lock 54'
20Matty Rea 6 No. 8
21John Cooney 9 Scrum-Half
22Stewart Moore 12 Centre
23Rob Lyttle 15 Winger

Past Meetings

(Round 8)
14 - 43
PRO14
Murrayfield Stadium

Edinburgh v Ulster

Ground

Murrayfield Stadium
Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland

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