Match Preview: Ulster

Match Preview: Ulster

Get the latest ahead of Monday night's match-up at BT Murrayfield as we host Ulster in Round 8 of the Guinness PRO14.

HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 7.45pm ahead of an 8.15pm kick-off. You can also listen live via BBC Radio Scotland, or with minute-by-minute updates via the club's live match centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU, 14th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Hollie Davidson, David Sutherland (both SRU)

TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)


OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 34, Edinburgh won 11, Ulster won 23.

STORY OF THE MATCH

Last season’s semi-finalists Edinburgh will be hoping to return to match action fit and re-energised after their Round 7 clash with Dragons was postponed, having been beaten 50-10 by Leinster a week earlier.

Though that result came after successive Championship victories, boss Richard Cockerill will be aware of the threats unbeaten Ulster pose, with the Belfast-based side having gotten the better of them in the 2019-20 last four.

That victory was Ulster’s fourth in a row against Edinburgh, while the Irishmen have also won on their last three visits to BT Murrayfield.

Just two points behind Leinster in the Conference A standings, Dan McFarland will be hoping Ulster can follow up a gutsy 26-24 win over Scarlets in Round 7 with an eighth successive win here, to keep the heat on their compatriots.


LAST TIME OUT

The two sides met in last season's Guinness PR014 Semi-Final at BT Murrayfield where the Ulstermen came out on top following Ian Madigan's last minute penalty. Watch the match highlights from September's meeting below.

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

E

U

Edinburgh scorers

Ulster scorers

Fri 10 Feb 17

Kingspan Stadium

18

24

Stuart McInally(T) Magnus Bradbury(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(P) Damien Hoyland(T)

Jacob Stockdale(T) Darren Cave(T) Paul Marshall(T) Peter Nelson(2C) Louis Ludik(T)

Fri 16 Feb 18

Kingspan Stadium

17

16

Duncan Weir(D) Jason Harries(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(2C) Lewis Carmichael(T)

John Cooney(T/C/3P)

Fri 6 Apr 18

BT Murrayfield

20

32

Duncan Weir(T/C/2P) Penalty Try(T)

Iain Henderson(T) John Cooney(T/3C/2P) Charles Piutau(T) Darren Cave(T)

Fri 7 Sep 18

Kingspan Stadium

29

30

Tom Brown(T) James Johnstone(T) Simon Hickey(2C/5P)

Will Addison(T) Craig Gilroy(T) John Cooney(T/3C/3P)

Fri 12 Apr 19

BT Murrayfield

7

29

John Barclay(T) Simon Hickey(C)

Billy Burns(T) Rob Lyttle(T) Robert Baloucoune(T) John Cooney(3C/P) Jordi Murphy(T)

Sat 5 Sep 20

BT Murrayfield (SF)

19

22

Stuart McInally(T) Chris Dean(T) Jaco van der Walt(2C) Darcy Graham(T)

Rob Herring(T) Billy Burns(C) Rob Lyttle(T) John Andrew(T) Ian Madigan(C/P)


KEY STATS

Edinburgh Rugby's two game winning run in the Guinness PRO14 ended with their 10-50 reversal at Leinster in Round 6.

Edinburgh’s most recent fixture at BT Murrayfield was an 18-0 victory over Cardiff, their first win at the famous old venue since February.

Ulster have won all seven matches so far this campaign in the Championship, five of those with maximum points.

The Belfast club have won their last four away games in the Guinness PRO14; their best sequence on the road since December 2012.

Ulster have won their last four matches against Edinburgh including last season’s semi-final.

The Irish side have also won on their last three visits to Scotland’s HQ of rugby.


TEAM COMPARISON

COMPARISON

Edinburgh

Ulster

Last 3 PRO14 results:

1 Nov - Scarlets (A) W 6-3

9 Nov - Glasgow (H) W 40-15

9 Nov - Cardiff Blues (H) W 18-0

16 Nov - Zebre (A) W 57-14

16 Nov - Leinster (A) L 10-50

22 Nov - Scarlets (H) W 26-24

PRO14 2019/20

Conf B: 5th - W2 D0 L4 - 10pts

Conf A: 2nd - W7 D0 L0 - 33pts

PRO14 form

LlLwWl (10pts)

wWwWwW (28pts)

Top try scorer

2 - Nic Groom, Mike Willemse

8 - Marcell Coetzee

Top points scorer

25 - Jaco van der Walt

55 - John Cooney

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