Edinburgh Rugby vs Ulster, Fri, 21/03/2014 - 19:45

Edinburgh Rugby ended their season at Murrayfield with a disappointing 9-3 defeat at the hands of a dogged Ulster side this evening.

An early Carl Bezuidenhout penalty was all the hosts had to show for their early dominance, but as the visitors grew, they claimed victory by virtue of a trio of Paddy Jackson penalties on a miserable night at Murrayfield. 

The home side made the better start despite the difficult weather conditions at Murrayfield, dominating early territory and possession. 

The match was somewhat stop-start in the opening exchanges as both sides struggled to adapt to the conditions early on. 

Alan Solomons’ side were rewarded for their territorial domination when stand-off Carl Bezuidenhout opened the scoring after quarter of an hour with a long-range penalty. 

The visitors soon found themselves a man down, as Iain Henderson was sent to the sin-bin following a dangerous tackle, allowing Bezuidenhout a second shot at the posts. 

However, from long-range and on the angle, the Edinburgh Rugby stand-off was just shy of the uprights with his attempt. (3-0)

Despite the loss of Ireland cap Henderson, the visitors mauled their way into the home 22, and won a penalty, from which Paddy Jackson levelled the scores at 3-apiece. 

Henderson returned with the scores still tied as the game became scrappy towards half-time, a series of reset scrums breaking the rhythm of the contest.

Referee John Lacey awarded the visitors a penalty at the scrum, allowing Jackson to land his second penalty and give Ulster a 6-3 lead with half-time approaching. 

Shortly after, Alan Solomons’ side fell foul of the referee’s whistle again, giving Jackson his second chance at the posts in as many minutes. 

The Ireland stand-off was this time off-target, allowing Jack Cuthbert to clear the Edinburgh Rugby lines.

HALF-TIME: Edinburgh Rugby 3-6 Ulster Rugby

The visitors' scrum dominance was starting to prove costly as Paddy Jackson landed a third penalty shortly after the resumption to extend the Ulster lead to 3-9.

Both sides battled hard and it was Ulster’s turn to dominate territory as the clock went through the hour-mark. The match was littered with replacements, amongst which saw Ewan McQuillin make his debut for the capital club in the closing stages.

The home side battled to get back into the game, with scrum-half Grayson Hart at the heart of much of the side’s good work. 

Paddy Jackson failed with a late drop-goal attempt but the visitors held on to claim a hard-fought victory in the Scottish capital. 

FULL-TIME: Edinburgh Rugby 3-9 Ulster Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Grayson Hart; 1 Wicus Blaauw, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Willem Nel, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Izak Van Der Westhuizen, 6 Mike Coman (captain), 7 Roddy Grant, 8 Cornell Du Preez. Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Ewan McQuillin (on for Nel 76), 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Tomas Leonardi (on for Coman, 54), 21 Sean Kennedy (on for Beard 76), 22 Harry Leonard (on for Brown 68), 23 Nick De Luca (on for Fife, 40)

Ulster Rugby: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Michael Heaney; 1 Tom Court, 2 Rob Herring, 3 John Afoa, 4 Johann Muller (captain), 5 Iain Henderson, 6 Stephen Ferris, 7 Sean Doyle, 8 Roger Wilson. Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Ricky Lutton (on for Afoa 77), 19 Dan Tuohy (on for Doyle 61) , 20 Nick Williams (on for Wilson 54) 21 Robbie Diack (on for Ferris, 40), 22 Paul Marshall (on for Heaney 61) 22 Stuart McCloskey

Team lineups

Edinburgh Rugby
Ulster

Backs

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Backs

15 Jared Payne
14 Tommy Bowe
13 Darren Cave
12 Luke Marshall
11 Craig Gilroy
10 Paddy Jackson
9 Michael Heaney

Forwards

1 Tom Court
2 Rob Herring
3 John Afoa
4 Johann Muller
5 Iain Henderson
6 Steven Ferris
7 Sean Doyle
8 Roger Wilson

Substitutes

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Substitutes

16 Niall Annett
17 Andrew Warwick
18 Richard Lutton
19 Dan Tuohy
20 Nick Williams
21 Robbie Diack
22 Paul Marshall
23 Stuart McCloskey
Attendance: 
6 333
Man of the match: 
Johann Muller (Ulster)