Match Preview: Ulster

Match Preview: Ulster

​​​Get the latest ahead of Saturday night's Rainbow Cup match-up with Ulster at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 5.15pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 5.05pm ahead of a 5.15pm kick-off at BT Murrayfield.

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 74th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Keith Allen, Ian Kenny (both SRU)

TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)


TEAM NEWS

The Edinburgh Rugby team to face Ulster at BT Murrayfield in the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will be named at 12 noon on Friday 4 June via the club's website and social channels.

OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 35, Edinburgh won 11, Ulster won 24.


STORY OF THE MATCH

Ulster head to the Scottish capital seeking a first win in the Rainbow Cup and looking to end a wretched run of form.

The Irish province have gone five matches without a win after Scarlets were awarded the points following the cancellation of last weekend’s clash due to coronavirus cases in the camp.

Edinburgh’s record is marginally better with their sole win in their last six matches in all competitions coming against Zebre in Round 1.

But Richard Cockerill’s side have won just once at home since early January while Ulster have triumphed on their previous four visits to this stadium.


LAST TIME OUT

The two sides met at BT Murrayfield in November 2020 where Ulster ran out comfortable winners on the night. Match action below:

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

E

U

Edinburgh scorers

Ulster scorers

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)

Mon 30 Nov 20

BT Murrayfield

14

43

Nathan Chamberlain(2C) Jack Blain(2T)

Stewart Moore(T) John Cooney(2T/4C) Jordi Murphy(T) John Andrew(3T)


TEAM COMPARISON

COMPARISON

Edinburgh

Ulster

Last 3 PRO14 results:

23 Apr - Zebre (H) W 24-18

7 May - Munster (A) L 10-38

7 May - Glasgow (A) L 19-29

14 May - Leinster (A) L 17-21

15 May - Glasgow (H) L 24-31

29 May - Scarlets (H) L 0-0

Rainbow Cup 2021

Pool N: 10th - W1 D0 L2 - 5pts

Pool N: 12th - W0 D1 L3 - 3pts

PRO14 form

wllWlL (10pts)

wWLllL (13pts)

Top try scorer

1 - Stuart McInally, Pierre Schoeman, Luke Crosbie, Eroni Sau, Matt Currie, Mike Willemse, Dave Cherry, Charlie Shiel, Chris Dean

1 - Craig Gilroy, Iain Henderson, Billy Burns, Dave Shanahan, Jacob Stockdale, Robert Baloucoune, Rob Herring

Top points scorer

13 - Nathan Chamberlain

10 - Billy Burns


KEY STATS

Ulster Rugby are without a win in their last five matches since beating Northampton Saints in the quarter finals of the European Challenge Cup. The run includes the declared defeat to Scarlets last weekend.

Ulster have won all four fixtures they have played against Scottish sides since rugby resumed in August.

Edinburgh Rugby’s single victory in their last six matches in all tournaments was 24-18 at home to Zebre in Round 1 of the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup.

Edinburgh have won only once at BT Murrayfield since early January.

Edinburgh’s single point victory at Connacht in their most recent fixture against an Irish province in March ended a six-game losing run to Irish sides.

The Ulstermen have won their last five encounters against Edinburgh since the Scotsmen’s victory by a solitary point in Belfast in February 2018.

Ulster have won on their past four visits to BT Murrayfield.

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