Edinburgh lose unbeaten home record to Ulster

Edinburgh lost their first home match at DAM Health stadium, falling to Ulster in a dramatic clash in-front of a sold-out stadium.

A historic night for the club almost had the perfect ending, with Edinburgh pushing for a game-winning try at the death, however brutal defence from the Ulstermen saw them survive, and leave Scotland with four league points.

With the stadium bouncing, Edinburgh started brightly. James Lang made a sparkling break with his first touch of the game, and the hosts started to put the men from Ulster under the pump. The pressure was telling, with Ulster flanker Timoney sent to the sin-bin for a high shot.

The man advantage wasn’t seized though, with Ulster breaking through with their first chance, going through the hands to get Baloucoune over the line. The visitors then extended their lead through Doak, who hit two penalties to put Ulster into a commanding position.

With penalties killing the momentum of both teams, Edinburgh were finally able get points on the board, with Boffelli nudging over a simple penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Ulster extended their lead after the break, again capitalising on a string of penalties. Doak missed an effort, before quickly getting another chance to regain the 13 point lead.

The penalty sparked Edinburgh into life, with the capital side throwing everything at the Ulster line, with a raucous crowd cheering them on.

Chances came and went, with Ulster infringing on the line time and time again under immense pressure. A second yellow card came for Ulster, however they still managed to hold out the capital men.

Edinburgh finally got their deserved score, with Mark Bennett taking matters into his own hands, chipping over the defence before gathering over the line to score.

With the rain pouring, and the packed-out DAM pushing their team on, Edinburgh launched attack after attack. It felt like the try was coming, however a knock-on within inches of the line proved the Edinburgh side’s undoing, with Ulster holding on for the win.

A record crowd. A historic night for the club, and a battling performance from the Edinburgh men. The fairy-tale ending just wasn’t to be.

live commentary 7:35 PM Saturday 30 Apr 2022

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Kick-off 7:35 PM

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