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Ulster v Edinburgh

Stephen Watson presents live coverage as Ulster welcome Edinburgh to Kingspan Stadium in the Pro12. Studio guests are Stephen Ferris and Eddie O'Sullivan.


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Ulster returned to action after a disappointing run of results. They

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have lost nine out of their last 13 games in all competitions. It has

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been the story of the season, going in and out of games. Out of sorts.

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Across the board, not good enough. Some of those mistakes we made...

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And out of Europe. I am finding this difficult to watch, I refuse to

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believe that we are not good enough. Despondency after their last defeat.

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Absolutely soul destroying, you are in cuckoo land if you think what we

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have can compete in Europe. Back to the Pro12 and Ulster need to get

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back to winning ways. There are still a play-off place up for grabs.

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We are in this together. We need to find a way out. Ulster are keeping

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the faith. I am still relatively optimistic that we can get there.

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But we have to do something different. Welcome to Ulster Rugby

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Live, Stephen Ferris and Eddie O'Sullivan join me for a round 14 of

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the Guinness Pro12 and Ulster have work to do. Currently at number six

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on the table, 17 points behind the leaders, Munster, who played the

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Dragons and Ospreys play Zebre and the Scarlets are playing. We heard

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Bryn Cunningham saying ulster were not good enough and they must do

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something different. What is that? To get the season back on track?

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They need to draw a line in the sand, the season is on the line

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every game, huge pressure. The biggest bugbear has been lack of

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consistency, even over 80 minutes, playing well for 20 minutes and a

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following. Focus on staying in the game for 80 minutes, get results,

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forget about before, but will not do anything but they need to change in

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energy and I suppose vision and that is about consistency. The bugbear

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for the last while and that is the one thing they will get out of this.

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One person people are looking forward to is a new signing from

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South Africa, what do we expect from him? We were so excited to see him.

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He damaged his cruciate ligament and he is making his debut at the

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Kingspan Stadium and everybody is looking to see what he can do.

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Destructive and physical and powerful, that is what Ulster have

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lacked. He is just an absolute unit, he is like the Nick Williams that

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left us last and I am excited to see how he goes, it is important

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everybody is not -- everybody does not expect him to win this for

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Ulster, everybody fast to pitch in. It is a big bad for him. This is a

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big game for Ulster, lacking in confidence but this Edinburgh team

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have already beaten Ulster this season and they will have their

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tails up. Yes, they have nothing to lose, away from home, the middle of

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the Six Nations, they don't have the aspirations of Ulster have, making

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that top four. That is dangerous because they can play very well. It

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is about ulster taking control of their own destiny and the need to do

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that from the off. Thank you very much. Ulster with only one win in

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their last six, let us see if they can get their season back on track

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in the company of Ian Humphreys and Michael McNamee. Good evening.

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It is a chilly evening in Belfast, no wind or rain and Edinburgh will

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have half a dozen players involved in the Six Nations clash in Paris on

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Sunday and they were forced into some exchanges. Hardie called on to

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the Scotland bench and in Jimmy Ritchie and Stuart McInally replaces

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Neil Cochrane, who has a shoulder injury and McInally takes over the

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captaincy. Without their Ireland regulars and

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some others besides, Ulster welcome back Peace Centre Stuart Olding, who

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has been out for nearly four months and we expect him to do the

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goal-kicking this evening. And the team is captained by Chris Emery.

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The Ulster support never diminishes. That is Olding, back after four

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months. They are tough Peter Nelson has been out of action for 15

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months, since winning over Edinburgh back in December 20 15. And it is

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time for number eight, Coetzee, his long-awaited debut and John Andrew

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and Ricky Lutton, the all Ballymena front row. The latest castaway on

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Kirsty Young's famous desert island, Nigel Owens. If you have not heard

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that, check out his own desert island discs. The man described by

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Les Kiss is a beast. One years since Marcell Coetzee's signing was

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announced. And watching this, making his debut, from the commentary box,

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former Ulster I'd have Ian Humphreys. Good evening. I am

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looking forward to Ulster and that performance from Coetzee. And the

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Number 10, Peter Nelson, this is a big evening for him. Credit goes to

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the medical staff at Ulster, they have gotten back from a potential

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career ending injury. The first line-out and a little

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colour flap between Stuart McInally, who was due to be on the bench this

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evening... And the first opportunity to have a look at McKenzie and

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Toolis. The breakaway by Jimmy Ritchie, the 20-year-old. Not the

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start that Ulster wanted. Kennedy. That is driven on by the Fijian

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Mata. Immediately, Edinburgh showing initiative inside the opening

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minutes inside the ulster 22. Taken on by Dean, lots of young Scottish

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born talent in this Edinburgh back line. John Kennedy. Taken on by

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Mata. Try scorer in that victory. That is Tovey and Dean.

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Lively start and back into the hands of Mata. Ulster have yet to get

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started. They could be in the corner in the opening seconds. And they are

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through already! And that is a try from Magnus Bradbury. Very

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disappointing start for Ulster. They took that kick-off plainly but they

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gave Edinburgh a strong position to attack from and very direct from

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Edinburgh, that was a deep run, simple hands on the edge and that

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nice off-load and he could force in way over into the corner.

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Disappointing for Ulster. It seems to be the key to the season, slow

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starts. They will need to get the ball back and get the other end of

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the pitch and get the crowd into this. We need some enthusiasm the

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kick-off chase. Suffice to say that at the start, this is just not what

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Ulster wanted. Edinburgh Sharp and lively and Bradbury, who had the

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second try in that went before Christmas, it's the opening try this

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evening. Short in the end, the conversion attempt. Early doors,

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Edinburgh trying as much as they can to get Mata on the ball. Three

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carries in that opening phase. Five points down. Ulster making their way

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inside the Edinburgh half for the first time this evening. We have

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quite a few left footed kickers in the Ulster side this evening. The

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atmosphere has died down. Whatever Ulster got to offer? -- what have

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Ulster. Kennedy to the Welsh might have, Tovey. -- out half. Marshall

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back in the starting line-up. Driven on by the Ulster back row. That is

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Ludik getting his hands on the ball. Ulster again, that was a high tackle

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on John Andrew. Let us see what Nigel Owens has to say at the end of

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this. Olding. Cave, did not go to hand. And the referee will bring

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things back. Lovely play, interplay between Robbie Diack and John

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Andrew, soft hands by Diack. Mata has to jam in from wide. Fortunate

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not to get the yellow card. Nelson will go to the corner. I wonder what

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Sean Reidy is thinking? Sitting on the bench. If he comes on the Sivan,

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it will be his 50th cap. -- this evening. That is the man. Back after

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a very long recovery from injury. Peter Nelson has found a very good

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touch inside the Edinburgh 22. John Andrew, his third senior start this

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evening. O'Connor takes that. Ulster being urged to drive forward. Paul

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Marshall, guiding the ball forward. The ball is there for Ulster.

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Marshall. On the blind side. That was Stockdale, forced into touch.

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That was a lovely line-out by the Ulster forwards, they broke the 15,

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Ulster had a good drive on and they needed the ball to come out just a

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split second earlier. You heard Nigel Owens saying that was just

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once. Seeming to get away with hesitating the attack.

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Stockdale. McInally. Reduced line-out. Taken by Toolis. Nearly

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seven and a half years since Edinburgh came to the Kingspan

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Stadium and left with a victory. Tovey. Quick take for Ludik.

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Edinburgh 22. Marshall. Here is number eight making his debut,

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Coetzee. The skipper, Chris Henry. Nelson. Cave. Running into trouble

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in the form of Jimmy Ritchie. Tipped to be a future senior international

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for Scotland. Ulster retaining possession but having trouble

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getting over the gain line. That is more like it, the golfer Marshall,

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Henry. -- the ball for Marshall. The Edinburgh defence is up quickly.

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John Andrew. Tidy possession. That was Andrew Warwick. The Ballymena

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front row. Coetzee. Those distinctive lime green boots. And he

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is getting a warm welcome in his opening seven and a half minutes

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here at the Kingspan Stadium. Taken on by Ludik. The Ulster fans have

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found their voice. Marshall, Nelson. And popped back inside and very,

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very nearly on the corner. Very good attack by Ulster, the Edinburgh

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defence managing to put a lot of line speed on the ball and they

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managed to shift the point of attack very well. And Darren Cave keeps his

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with fairly well, that was a good covering tackle to put him into

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touch. Toolis. Did not go forward. Ulster has spent five minutes inside

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the Edinburgh half. Tovey again, the man from Newport.

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Les Kiss. Whether point to make. -- with a point. Coetzee is going to

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see a lot of the bulbous even, he is maybe not expected to play the full

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80 minutes, but he is a talismanic figure already. That is good!

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Nelson. Piutau, the first time we have seen him attacking his opposite

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number. Can Ulster keep this momentum going? Darren Cave.

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Marshall. Nelson. There was nobody really there, and too many

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defenders. Ulster, this should be in! And Marshall Marx 's return with

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the try. -- marks his. And that is what the home fans came to see.

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Great attacking play and linkup between Peter Nelson and Stuart

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Olding with that wraparound blade to create space on the outside. Piutau

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making good yards. Edinburgh trying to put the pressure on but they have

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managed to get that over the gain line, quick pick-up by Stuart Olding

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and that was an easy finish from five yards out. A big thing for

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Ulster tonight is they have been getting well past the ball, that is

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making it easy for number nine to get there. Keeping it alive and it

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is easier for the backs to create space and the Edinburgh forwards are

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unable to cope. So, Stuart Olding taking over the

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duties this evening. Of Peter Nelson. Blonde hair, ginger hair,

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apologies. Nelson. Shelling peas. Ulster have alleged. The Secretary

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of State, James Brokenshire. Enjoying the game. -- Ulster have

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the lead. Peter Nelson marking his return with the conversion.

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Marshall finds his man, Nelson, Ludik. Taken down by Dean and

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Bernie. Marshall, the skipper, Chris Henry. Wearing the armband in the

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absence of Rob Herring and Trimble. Stockdale jumping for it. That is a

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perfect outcome for Ulster from that kick-off compared to the first one.

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He played across a field, looking for the right foot Ludik and Paul

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Marshall, very good box kick. Putting the pressure on Edinburgh.

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That is a good line-out for Ulster. Marshall. The break by Cave. He has

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support. Can he keep that alive? Olding feeling that very well. Ludik

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and Piutau in support. Nigel Owens spotted the knock-on. Lovely

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attacking play from Ulster. Quite often recently we have seen them

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play direct and that opens up a large range of possibilities and

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Darren Cave is one of the best support runners you will find.

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Finding a good line from Paul Marshall and it is nice to see

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Ulster playing with ambition, it brings back the plays of yesteryear

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and it is nice to see them going here with ambition on a lovely

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evening. They have so many injuries that the central combination has

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changed so often. It is good to see Stuart Olding back.

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But a huge different in the weight of the pack. -- not be huge. In

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their 1-point defeat against Munster won the Google, Edinburgh. And

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Ulster giving the shelf on. And they have stolen that ball. -- the shelf.

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-- shove. And he is penalised. That is a very good scrum from Ulster.

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They put pressure on Robbie Deans quickly and we could see that block

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of Coetzee from Mata. Do you like what you see so far from him? He is

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carrying the ball very physically and he has been menacing on the

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breakdown, he is going through and creating the attacks. It is very

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good so far and hopefully that can continue. Toolis.

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Just four wins in the Pro12, the first comment at home against Ulster

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back in November. Piutau, never in doubt, he has beaten the first and

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second man... And this is what the Kingspan Stadium loves about Piutau.

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Coetzee, the next poster boy. Marshall. More confidence flowing.

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Through those white shirts. Fielded by Hoyland. The flag was up on

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underside. As John Andrew was pointing out. To the referee, Nigel

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Owens. It drifted out and came back in again. Ulster were fortunate,

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Robbie Diack had the quick line-out but Edinburgh have to be careful of

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those tactics. How do you tackle him? It is tough. Charles Piutau

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gets over at the gain line, then Paul Marshall find some grass.

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Putting Edinburgh under pressure, this is a good attacking line-out

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and this might be early doors for them. Coetzee, again. If the only

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get one hour out of him this even, what an hour that will be! He just

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goes over the top, as Ian Humphreys says. Robbie Diack, but to the floor

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by Toolis. -- put to the floor. And that is frustrating for Ulster. Two

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food carries again, the same boys involved. Robbie Diack chipped the

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ball standing still and he lost the contract and then that list is for

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the knock-on, very frustrating for coaches and players alike, that is

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good field position, they could attack left or right and that is

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where Ulster all season have had a hassle, they must make sure they are

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looking after that better. One of the number eight desert island discs

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songs was a Eurovision song winner. For Nigel Owens. Check it out on

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iPlayer. Kennedy, the scrum-half, born in

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Stirling. At the back of a pack that is going backwards. Coetzee. Ulster

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dominant in the scrummage. Marshall looks at the options. Kay. Piutau.

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Look at that! Wonderful feat. That was good support work from Cave.

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Nelson, if they can get the ball to the far side, Ulster did have meant

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over. Nelson. Edinburgh, defence is getting wise to that, Henry makes a

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few. Ulster looking for the break. Can Stockdale provide that?

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Brilliant. Look at that. Can they finish? Driven on by Ricky Lutton.

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Looking for his first senior Ulster try. The crowd are expected. They

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have got men over. Yes! Darren Cave, one of the most

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experienced players on the pitch this evening, he has been effective

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so far. And he has got the second try for Ulster. That is great work

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from Stockdale, they have been coming off the wing and making

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options from nine and ten and after that, you do not want forward to

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find himself in the channel and that could have been one or two phases

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earlier. That was a good finish and Darren Cave and quick ball and that

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is great and that is what is troubling Edinburgh tonight. Darren

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Cave made his debut back in April 2007. Look at that power from

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Stockdale. A tricky conversion attempt for

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Peter Nelson. Not a breath of wind here at the

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Kingspan Stadium. Slightly weathered. -- we word. Ulster

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leading 12-5. Look at the power from Stockdale. Quick possession. Ricky

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Lutton. John Andrew played his part. And Marshall, again, providing the

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scoring pass for Darren Cave. After that wobbly start... Ulster

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have got more into this. That was a good take from the try scorer,

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Bradbury, from Edinburgh. Kennedy. McKenzie feeding it on. Dean linking

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up with Burnley. The young full-back, Kinghorn, 20 years old.

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He missed the long penalty that beat Ulster -- Munster last week. It was

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McKenzie who took that into contact. Bradbury. Edinburgh have not been in

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the Ulster 22 since scoring a try. McCallum, the 22-year-old from Kirk

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all day. Dean. -- Kirk. Kennedy finding Cosgrove.

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Tovey has made the break! He is going all the way! He has dropped

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it! He should have gone for the line! And Hoyland cannot believe it.

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What a let off for Ulster. Jason Tovey has caused Ulster trouble over

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the years. Lovely dummy but that is one of the strengths as -- for

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Nelson. That is a huge play for Ulster by Peter Nelson. Hopefully

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they can clean that up because that was better from Edinburgh, that

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really should have been a try. Hoyland.

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That could be a key moment if this is a tight game. Les Kiss. He is

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more across the technology than I am. What do you think he is trying

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to transmit? If you look at the Edinburgh pack, a couple of them are

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on their knees, they looked very tired, a few of them were just

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flopping over those rucks, the message from Ulster must be keep

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playing with pace, Jonathan Davies, the conditioning Head Coach, he has

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us that as anybody and if they can manage to keep this intensity,

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Edinburgh will have nothing. They have McCloskey, Tommy Bowe, Sean

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Reidy coming off the bench. They could have a chance to run away with

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this and they must keep sure they put Tovey under pressure. Yes, the

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dab. My son has taught me something! Warwick Andrew in the front row for

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Ulster. They have more than held their own so far. Under pressure at

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the moment, though. Marshall to Nelson. A left footed kicker on the

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side of the pitch. Peter Nelson happy to see that they're going

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outside of play. Ever could play under pressure. A bit of trouble at

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the back of the scrum for Ulster, also have Phil or five left footers,

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but a very good clearance under pressure from Peter Nelson. -- four

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five. Burleigh changes the tactic. And on

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such matters are games one and last stop till you can see what he was

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trying to do. Edinburgh's analysis will know that Ludik likes to get up

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the defensive line and orbital space behind. A strange decision to kick

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so early in the play. -- and a bit of space behind. A good opportunity

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for Ulster attack here. They like right-hand scrums. To try and get

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the outside edge against them. C what is in store for us now. -- let

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us see. 15,000 tickets sold in this game,

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not a full house but a healthy crowd here at the Kingspan Stadium.

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A study scrum from Ulster. Marshall goes himself.

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Down the throat of Peter Nelson, who returns the favour. Excellent

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following up by Ludik. Not a lot Hoyland could do. His opponent not

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the sort of money want to see breathing down your neck when you

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have the ball in your hands. -- the sort of man you want. Edinburgh

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happy to run from inside their own half, that was Belly. The

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left-winger coming in on the action. You see Edinburgh tonight have gone

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with the really big ambition to play from deep, with Phil Burleigh at 12

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who can also play ten as a secondary ball player. He has proved a lot of

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guts out wide. -- a lot of threats. They are managing to kick well and

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that is a very good tackle by Louis Ludik. Ulster looking to end this

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losing run. They have to go back seven years to the last time they

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lost five consecutive matches. Edinburgh preparing for a European

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quarterfinal against the French side. That game has been moved to

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Murrayfield. The Challenge Cup. Quarterfinal.

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There's the ball, is it going to go back in the Ulster side? Not the

:34:10.:34:16.

position that Marshall might have wanted. Again, the momentum of the

:34:17.:34:26.

ball setup for Ulster. Toolis doing defensive work for them. Tricky

:34:27.:34:33.

ball, but well taken by's. It is past the first man, you're not stop

:34:34.:34:37.

him. 'S setting up the drive for Ludik! He was like a human bar of

:34:38.:34:46.

soap. If you don't get hold of Piutau, he will do damage. And Ludik

:34:47.:34:54.

finished it off. That is a lovely try by Ulster, as you say Piutau

:34:55.:34:57.

one-on-one is very difficult to beat. I think he has been a much

:34:58.:35:02.

better threat for Ulster, when you think of Glasgow and a few other

:35:03.:35:05.

games where who is getting one-on-one bro, it's great for him

:35:06.:35:12.

to know he has Ludik onside, he is constantly looking. Ludik get that

:35:13.:35:21.

the outside, he gives Ludik an easy run. Brilliant by Ulster, great to

:35:22.:35:24.

see them play with some ambition tonight. He can make defenders look

:35:25.:35:33.

flat-footed. That is the brilliance of Piutau.

:35:34.:35:41.

Suddenly there's opening two minutes of the match seem a long, long time

:35:42.:35:46.

ago. -- those two minutes. Can Nelson... No. He has putted

:35:47.:36:04.

pretty much the same side. That is three tries in the opening 28

:36:05.:36:10.

minutes -- he has put it. You might be a slightly happier man. I think

:36:11.:36:15.

he is. Ulster were disappointed in the first couple of minutes -- he

:36:16.:36:20.

might be a slightly happier man. Very good game management by Peter

:36:21.:36:29.

Nelson tonight. Ulster wow try away from the bonus point. -- one try.

:36:30.:36:35.

Marshall. The left foot of Nelson, that is a

:36:36.:36:49.

terrific touch quickly taken by Bradbury.

:36:50.:36:54.

We haven't seen an awful lot of him in the last 15 minutes.

:36:55.:37:12.

It was a kick for Damien Hoyland to chase, but suddenly Hoyland's

:37:13.:37:21.

failure to clutch that by seems even more noteworthy now. That is a

:37:22.:37:25.

massive swing in the game. Ulster had a great exit strategy from man

:37:26.:37:29.

managed to put another score on the board. Edinburgh seem flat now, they

:37:30.:37:47.

need to get Mata. What might 12- 12 is now Sony 17-5 in Ulster's favour.

:37:48.:37:54.

He has made seven appearances this year. Scrappy ball by Treadwell.

:37:55.:37:57.

Carried by the skipper. Here comes Hoyland. A fine tackle,

:37:58.:38:17.

but he did well to release the ball. Held by Burley. Kinghorn couldn't

:38:18.:38:23.

pick it up. Is there an Congress might ask when I was. And I think

:38:24.:38:30.

you can sense that Jason Tovey is a frustrated out of -- is there a

:38:31.:38:37.

knock-on? There was. They didn't know who it was going to. Had he

:38:38.:38:41.

managed to let that go on through, I think Kinghorn could open away.

:38:42.:38:48.

Edinburgh showing ambition. They don't have much to lose today. They

:38:49.:38:51.

have gone out there and are playing with a lot of wit, Ulster. It's a

:38:52.:38:55.

lovely evening, both teams are trying to play an attractive brand

:38:56.:38:58.

of rugby and it's good for us to watch. The start of the night in

:38:59.:39:08.

ninth position, the former coach they were eighth and ninth. An

:39:09.:39:17.

opportunity for the acting coach Duncan Hodge to prove that he is

:39:18.:39:24.

worth the job on a permanent basis. Here goes Nelson. Ludik again.

:39:25.:39:34.

Olding on by, O'Connor. The ball is being run, an opportunity now, has

:39:35.:39:51.

he got the support? And he is going to get the bonus point try for

:39:52.:39:56.

Ulster! With eight minutes left in the first half! That is another

:39:57.:40:05.

beautiful try by Ulster. With Stuart Olding 12, he is stepping up as

:40:06.:40:10.

first receiver. After Peter Nelson attacked off the left-hand side of

:40:11.:40:15.

the scrum, Stuart Olding managed to step up into regular phases and some

:40:16.:40:20.

lovely better. Great by Stockdale as well. But we can hear is

:40:21.:40:26.

communication between the players is as best as I have heard of the

:40:27.:40:33.

season. There is a lot of communication at, and what has been

:40:34.:40:36.

lacking this season seems to be out there tonight brilliantly.

:40:37.:40:46.

Nelson to add the two points. And suddenly Ulster are thinking about a

:40:47.:41:01.

really impressive victory. Absolutely. They have been very good

:41:02.:41:05.

in the first half. And this opportunity by Edinburgh to go 14-12

:41:06.:41:11.

up, or 12-12. Had they got it going, you would imagine Ulster would've

:41:12.:41:14.

been a bit nervous. Another shackles are off and they look like they are

:41:15.:41:22.

enjoying themselves. -- and now the shackles. It looks like it might be

:41:23.:41:32.

something sombre, here they come, they have nothing to lose. Inside

:41:33.:41:39.

the 22. Scrappy ball tidied up by Cosgrove.

:41:40.:41:48.

Tovey looking for Hoyland. That has worked well. Highland! Brilliantly

:41:49.:41:56.

forced into touch by Paul Marshall. Saved a try. -- Hoyland. You would

:41:57.:42:04.

imagine we know would have finished that, but brilliant tackle. Just

:42:05.:42:11.

manage to get it into touch. With the corner being so far behind. This

:42:12.:42:22.

manner is from international duty along with Stuart McCloskey to take

:42:23.:42:26.

place on a replacement bench -- this man is released.

:42:27.:42:37.

Edinburgh wanting to prove that this game is not done and dusted. Still

:42:38.:42:52.

five minutes left in the first half. He would expect McInally to be on

:42:53.:42:59.

the bench, Admiral Cochrane suffering a shoulder injury. -- Neil

:43:00.:43:17.

Cochrane. Stuart McInally. Is playing a girl, and Edinburgh's

:43:18.:43:20.

second try of the much. That is going to be frustrating for the

:43:21.:43:27.

Ulster coach is. Unfortunately, they give away a penalty. But into the

:43:28.:43:31.

corner. Mice play by Edinburgh. Ulster forward is putting so much

:43:32.:43:39.

into defending, but slow around the corner. McInally began his rugby

:43:40.:43:44.

career in the back row. He was showing exactly those foraging and

:43:45.:43:49.

driving qualities taking over. That is just what stood and went before

:43:50.:43:57.

half-time, little bit of hope and light. That is very unlike him. I

:43:58.:44:08.

should -- they want to make show this game is put to bed now. And

:44:09.:44:12.

hopefully put Edinburgh under pressure. Attacking in the Edinburgh

:44:13.:44:17.

half is a good outcome from here. A collective towering out of her

:44:18.:44:43.

amongst the Ulster coach staff. -- towering out hair.

:44:44.:44:51.

Commented's delight with those green boots, Coetzee. Nelson.

:44:52.:45:06.

You can hear the band for the first time this evening.

:45:07.:45:17.

Held by Fraser McKenzie. They won't go down for lack of trying,

:45:18.:45:30.

Edinburgh. Real initiative. Kinghorn. Finds Burleigh. The

:45:31.:45:37.

Christchurch born man. Plenty of time for Ludik. He finds his

:45:38.:45:48.

opposite number, Kinghorn. Here comes the counterattack. It's

:45:49.:46:00.

Bradbury. To the floor by Darren Cave. I think Les Kiss and company

:46:01.:46:10.

would happily shut up shop now and take the 14 point advantage and head

:46:11.:46:13.

into the break, but Edinburgh have other ideas. Burleigh grabbed by a

:46:14.:46:19.

O'Connor. McInally try scorer. Back. -- forced

:46:20.:46:42.

back. Too far away to charge out. Taken by Stockdale. The ball is not

:46:43.:46:53.

out yet. Nelson Vining Piutau, here he goes! Here he goes! He has

:46:54.:47:02.

support from Marshall! Can Ulster keep it alive? This could be one of

:47:03.:47:14.

the tries of the season! Could -- it is out. It is well held and driven

:47:15.:47:20.

on. This could be a 15 man Ulster trial. There is Andrew getting its

:47:21.:47:29.

hands on the ball. -- Ulster try. Ludik acting at scrum-half.

:47:30.:47:37.

Marshall. It's a crunching tackle coming in from McKenzie.

:47:38.:47:47.

For the moment, the momentum has gone, but maybe Coetzee can reignite

:47:48.:47:57.

matters for Ulster. Henry, Nelson, Piutau! Can he keep under ball all

:47:58.:48:04.

he find the corner? No, he can't. What a phase. Great attack by Ulster

:48:05.:48:12.

in the first half. What we like there is the ball's at the back

:48:13.:48:16.

caused all the problems. The threats behind, wrote that ball carries from

:48:17.:48:23.

the forwards. Sometimes it's just one person, sometimes four. They

:48:24.:48:27.

seem to be playing had up rugby, which has been a complaint about

:48:28.:48:30.

them, but I'd doubt that they're just having fun, plenty of

:48:31.:48:35.

enthusiasm and ambition. That is the big thing tonight. It is lovely to

:48:36.:48:42.

watch. Marshall, Cave, Ludik and Stockdale try scorers. Bradbury and

:48:43.:48:52.

McInally: entertaining half. -- an entertaining first half. Ulster at

:48:53.:48:58.

half-time leading 24-10. What an exciting, entertaining and

:48:59.:49:13.

electric first half at the Kingspan Stadium. Six tries in all. Ulster

:49:14.:49:18.

already with a bonus point. All the fans tonight and all of you watching

:49:19.:49:22.

at home certainly getting your money's was from Ulster Rugby live

:49:23.:49:29.

this evening. -- Ulster Rugby Live this evening. It has been a

:49:30.:49:33.

sensational have. Very interesting. We got off to a nightmare start and

:49:34.:49:36.

thought the wings were maybe going to come off -- the Wales. Try to

:49:37.:49:40.

play catch up again, but the boys responded very well. The four tries

:49:41.:49:48.

that can have an excellent. Really good hands, build-up play. One thing

:49:49.:49:53.

that Eddie will touch on is the confidence and just the

:49:54.:49:55.

perseverance, holding onto the ball for an extra couple of phases, not

:49:56.:49:59.

making silly errors. It's a different Ulster team and so good to

:50:00.:50:02.

watch. A different Ulster team eventually. The first few minutes,

:50:03.:50:08.

it was the same old story. What an awful start for Ulster, great for

:50:09.:50:12.

Edinburgh. It was. You've got to worry about stage for Ulster, having

:50:13.:50:18.

given up a soft spot to start the game, how to respond. Edinburgh

:50:19.:50:21.

happened patient here. It came to play. There wasn't much pressure on

:50:22.:50:27.

them and they just held on to the ball. Ulster paid the price. Not the

:50:28.:50:35.

best start, but you have to admit they responded really well in coming

:50:36.:50:39.

back. The quality of rugby has been superb. Edinburgh have played very

:50:40.:50:45.

well also. When a team is lacking in confidence like Ulster before this

:50:46.:50:49.

game, credit that they were able to come back so well. There were tight

:50:50.:50:54.

in defence. When you winger get in, he's got a head in and take the

:50:55.:50:57.

ball. He goes low, doesn't wrap up the ball. If he hadn't wrapped up

:50:58.:51:03.

the ball, it wouldn't have been a try. They regrouped, kicked off and

:51:04.:51:08.

turn things around. As we have said, it has just been really good,

:51:09.:51:12.

entertaining stuff. Ulster have played some great rugby tonight. The

:51:13.:51:17.

patience they have shown on the ball and not forcing the game. When they

:51:18.:51:21.

have had those wraparound passes, quick hands and Piutau has been

:51:22.:51:28.

outstanding. He was like lightning, you can't tie him down. He is really

:51:29.:51:33.

killing Edinburgh with his hands on the ball. It makes me wonder why

:51:34.:51:38.

they kick the ball to him. This is great rugby. It's a tough draw, good

:51:39.:51:41.

continuity, good off-loading. You can see already that Edinburgh are

:51:42.:51:47.

backing of because they don't know where to go. Ultimately, fantastic

:51:48.:51:51.

by Olding behind him. These are top drawer. It all looks a bit more

:51:52.:51:59.

off-the-cuff. If they spot a gap, they go for it. You can see that

:52:00.:52:05.

effort by Marshall. Paul Marshall sniffing round the back, and in easy

:52:06.:52:09.

walking for him. I think everybody to a man has stood up, that is what

:52:10.:52:13.

Les Kiss probably said in the changing room before the match.

:52:14.:52:17.

Every single person in that change has to stand up, and they have done

:52:18.:52:22.

so far. Credit to them for that, they are performing. They had to

:52:23.:52:27.

come out, they had to play. You have to give credit where it is due. What

:52:28.:52:31.

would like to see now is the kicked down in the second half, just to

:52:32.:52:35.

keep their foot on the pedal and not back away. Let us look at the Cave

:52:36.:52:44.

try. Think he has played row were all night. He has been in and out a

:52:45.:52:49.

bit this season. Stockdale's carries phenomenal. He has carried the ball

:52:50.:52:54.

25 minutes. He has dragged a lot of Edinburgh players and it was over

:52:55.:52:57.

them, it was just a matter of holding onto that damage. I think a

:52:58.:53:03.

dummy line is being held. They are working the defence, and Edinburgh

:53:04.:53:07.

don't man up. Darren Cave in the breadbasket. All good quick ball for

:53:08.:53:15.

Ulster tonight, and it seems to be that everything is working for them.

:53:16.:53:20.

As well as being patient they are winning collisions. Paul Marshall is

:53:21.:53:27.

getting from the forwards. He is sliding in self, keeping a defence

:53:28.:53:31.

guessing. It is just a very good balance, wit and aggression and

:53:32.:53:35.

directness when they have to be. I think at one stage here, you thought

:53:36.:53:38.

Edinburgh want to fall away, but they haven't. They are not going to

:53:39.:53:44.

give up that easy, sizing the second half to start with will be critical.

:53:45.:53:50.

A player you know well, Brian O'Driscoll, is always very

:53:51.:53:53.

complimentary about Piutau, absolutely loves him. What he did

:53:54.:53:56.

hear from us next try had you purring, didn't it? He's just a joy

:53:57.:54:03.

to watch. As Eddie alluded to, he make something happen every time he

:54:04.:54:06.

touches ball. He makes tackles, the right decisions at the right time.

:54:07.:54:10.

For me, he has been Ulster's best player tonight. He can arise be very

:54:11.:54:18.

dangerous, he knows Ludik is on his side, and a lovely pass again. It's

:54:19.:54:26.

a nice score from Ulster. That's all Piutau. He doesn't step, he doesn't

:54:27.:54:29.

break the tackle. He makes everything happen. Watching his body

:54:30.:54:35.

language, he is looking for work as well. You just want the ball. Every

:54:36.:54:40.

time he get that, Edinburgh are in a panic, for good reason. Ulster in

:54:41.:54:44.

the ascendancy, but as you say, Edinburgh battling their way back

:54:45.:54:49.

into this game. Scored a try before half-time, Jason Tovey a golden

:54:50.:54:53.

opportunity as well. They should have had another one. I think Chris

:54:54.:54:58.

Henry is caught slightly wide, Jason Tovey recognises the space, beta. Of

:54:59.:55:03.

his left foot. Should he have held onto it? For me, he probably should

:55:04.:55:09.

have. He just recognises a little bit of separation, just a bit too

:55:10.:55:14.

much between Andrew Warwick and Chris Henry the they should have

:55:15.:55:19.

just paid back. Had to back himself. That would have brought them back

:55:20.:55:24.

into the game. Ulster bounced back from that, in fairness. They judged

:55:25.:55:28.

a bullet, but certainly took advantage. Edinburgh before

:55:29.:55:32.

half-time, they'll be disappointed to concede this. For all the good

:55:33.:55:36.

things they have done in the first half. Eddie has talked about it many

:55:37.:55:40.

times, playing the game in ten minute blocks. Ten minutes before

:55:41.:55:43.

half-time is always crucial, going into the second half. As in

:55:44.:55:49.

Humphreys mentioned, this is a bit of a lifeline for Edinburgh in this

:55:50.:55:55.

game. They probably with the play didn't deserve it, but they are

:55:56.:55:58.

still there and get over the line, and it's just a little bit too easy

:55:59.:56:01.

for me. They aren't working hard enough, the forwards not working

:56:02.:56:05.

hard enough, any easy soft score. It is a danger when you're attacking so

:56:06.:56:09.

well, everything is going well, you forget you've got to defend as well.

:56:10.:56:15.

I think Ulster needs to switch their headset onto the defensive side,

:56:16.:56:20.

recognise that Edinburgh... They need to score at the start of the

:56:21.:56:24.

second half. If Edinburgh score again, the game is back on. It is as

:56:25.:56:28.

ridiculous given the quality of rugby we have seen, but it is like

:56:29.:56:32.

that. I think there will be disappointed with that. They had

:56:33.:56:35.

switched off a little bit. They were playing so well and didn't defend,

:56:36.:56:38.

but they needed to. They have given them a lifeline. Defensively, Ulster

:56:39.:56:42.

is slightly disappointing at times. Offensively there have been

:56:43.:56:46.

brilliant. The only tried we have not looked at is the one by young

:56:47.:56:50.

Jason Stockdale, which he took really well. It's just great to

:56:51.:56:55.

watch. EC Robbie Diack on the touchline, he is holding his wits.

:56:56.:57:00.

He's actually holding the wits, he has spurred defence. I've been in

:57:01.:57:05.

the back row many times, it is difficult to hold the wits. Quran

:57:06.:57:09.

comes to him, the guys do well. And Jason Stockdale who has been

:57:10.:57:12.

magnificent all night, doesn't just dive there. He makes it easy for

:57:13.:57:17.

Peter Nelson and it is a 7-point. Has he impressed you tonight,

:57:18.:57:24.

Stockdale. He was phenomenal in the build-up to Ludik's try. I think he

:57:25.:57:29.

has been hugely physical, he has held onto the ball. For me, he has

:57:30.:57:35.

had a big impact on the game. He was responsible for tee scores at the

:57:36.:57:39.

end of the day. Let us pause on the Pro12 for the moment, because it is

:57:40.:57:44.

a big weekend in the Six Nations championship. Ireland first up

:57:45.:57:49.

tomorrow against Italy. It is in Rome. Followed by Wales against

:57:50.:57:54.

England. On Sunday, Scotland travel to France. The Ireland team are to

:57:55.:58:00.

play Italy, a couple of changes to the pack for this week. Ryan

:58:01.:58:08.

replaces Henderson who has tight hamstring with prop Healy taking

:58:09.:58:13.

over from Jack McGrath. Big news today, Rory Best did not take part

:58:14.:58:17.

in the captain's run. Are you concerned about his participation

:58:18.:58:20.

tomorrow in the game? Unconcerned, obviously. But he is the captain,

:58:21.:58:28.

you know? -- I'm concerned. If he's not fit, he's not fit. If he is 60

:58:29.:58:33.

or 70%, he shouldn't play. But it will be a bigger loss if he does not

:58:34.:58:37.

play. Having from a type of game tomorrow as we have seen tonight.

:58:38.:58:40.

That's what we want to see. I'm thinking Rome tomorrow is supposed

:58:41.:58:44.

to be good, nice and dry. Transient question, it would be a big loss for

:58:45.:58:50.

Ireland if Rory Best didn't play. -- to answer your question. Ireland

:58:51.:58:53.

were defensively disappointing last week against Scotland. No better

:58:54.:58:57.

team to bounce back against than the weakest team in the group in the Six

:58:58.:59:01.

Nations. They'll be very disappointed. This kind of very lax

:59:02.:59:08.

defence, wandering off badly on the short side. And then again, being

:59:09.:59:13.

beaten off by being too narrow. It's a problem for Ireland in the last

:59:14.:59:17.

couple of seasons and hasn't gone away. Falling asleep at the

:59:18.:59:22.

line-out. Scotland use that lineout last year but didn't use the front

:59:23.:59:27.

of this year. Defensively, you cannot come from three tries again

:59:28.:59:32.

in Six Nations rugby and come out from it. Because we were winning, we

:59:33.:59:38.

kind of laughter over it. But it's a big problem. I don't think tomorrow

:59:39.:59:42.

is a problem, we'll defend well against Italy, we shouldn't get

:59:43.:59:46.

complacent, though. If Italy score a couple of tries to, we need to ask

:59:47.:59:50.

questions. Offensively, we need to get this sorted. It is schoolboy

:59:51.:59:55.

errors by any metric. It is very frustrating to watch by anybody

:59:56.:00:01.

involved, not just the players. The line-out is an error Ulster are

:00:02.:00:04.

going to try and get right. Just disappointing last week. Island.

:00:05.:00:07.

Ireland, yes. That gave Scotland a foothold in the

:00:08.:00:22.

game. I expect this to be different tomorrow and there to be real

:00:23.:00:30.

strength. We have had a problem. We had two jumpers, Ian Anderson would

:00:31.:00:33.

not be comfortable in the second row and that made life difficult per

:00:34.:00:38.

Rory Best, having just two jumpers against some of the tallest locks in

:00:39.:00:44.

the game. To compete with Devin Toner. The pressure on the line-out

:00:45.:00:51.

was immense. The teams are back at the Kingspan Stadium, let us hope

:00:52.:00:55.

for as entertaining as second-half. Back to Ian and Michael.

:00:56.:01:01.

Ulster have made a couple of changes. Stuart McCloskey replaces

:01:02.:01:11.

Darren Cave in the centre. And Herbst, back after injury, returning

:01:12.:01:19.

to the front row in place of Lutton. Tovey. Gingerly getting back into

:01:20.:01:30.

the action. That is a good outcome for Ulster, deep kicking, that will

:01:31.:01:38.

be a loss for Edinburgh, because he has been a threat in the first half.

:01:39.:01:44.

Neat work by Treadwell. Hugh healers. In the second half it is

:01:45.:01:52.

Edinburgh who have started sleepily. -- here he is. Marshall. The fellow

:01:53.:02:00.

just one. The big presence of McCloskey in the midfield. Robbie

:02:01.:02:09.

Diack. And the Ulster tales are up, whatever Les Kiss said at half-time,

:02:10.:02:17.

that was unfortunate. Finally, there is a chance for Kennedy to clear the

:02:18.:02:24.

danger. Back into trouble. That is the man he did not want to give the

:02:25.:02:34.

ball to, Piutau. Coetzee. On the basis of the first 40 minutes, he is

:02:35.:02:42.

a firm favourite. Ludik, one of the try scorers. And Stockdale, who

:02:43.:02:46.

scored before Christmas in the defeat away. Warwick. McCloskey with

:02:47.:02:59.

a clean 22 on his Jersey. There is no sign of Ulster taking their foot

:03:00.:03:04.

off the pedal. Very nearly through, it takes two men to bring him down.

:03:05.:03:13.

Edinburgh have barely touched the ball at the start of the second

:03:14.:03:21.

half. Good hands. Olding held off the challenge of Brown. Coetzee. But

:03:22.:03:29.

she stopped him but he could not bring him down. Nelson, changing the

:03:30.:03:35.

angle of attack. McCloskey. The advantage being played for Ulster.

:03:36.:03:47.

Herbst. No advantage. Terrific start to the second half? Very nice baby

:03:48.:03:52.

Ulster, Coetzee being involved heavily and Stuart Olding getting

:03:53.:03:56.

into the second phase behind those carriers, but only a threat out wide

:03:57.:04:02.

but that also softens the carriage for the forwards. Nice to see Ulster

:04:03.:04:05.

playing with ambition and Nelson changing the point of attack, you

:04:06.:04:09.

hope that Ulster keep playing with this ambition and put some nice

:04:10.:04:13.

attacking shapes on it, they don't decide to shut up shop and be

:04:14.:04:18.

content with winning. Concern for Jason Tovey.

:04:19.:04:35.

Of the two former Ulster players on the bench, Allen and schools. --

:04:36.:04:46.

Rory Scholes. Ulster have a decent attacking position. Kinghorn going

:04:47.:04:55.

off. Rory Scholes comment on. He will look forward to a very big

:04:56.:04:59.

impact, he scored a lot of tries and is a dangerous attacking player and

:05:00.:05:03.

Ulster will be keen not to give him too much space. He scored five tries

:05:04.:05:11.

for Ulster, Rory Scholes. Campbell College man. Kinghorn making his way

:05:12.:05:18.

off. Andrew has the ball in his hands at

:05:19.:05:41.

the back of all that, Herbst. Not taking any prisoners! Sobol in the

:05:42.:05:51.

end, taken on by Herbst. -- slow ball. In a change to the normal

:05:52.:06:06.

receiver, McCloskey takes this on. Ulster have got the Edinburgh line

:06:07.:06:11.

in their sides. Marshall. Driven on by Treadwell.

:06:12.:06:21.

Marshall looking up. Maintaining possession? Well, Nelson, Piutau!

:06:22.:06:38.

That was a high tackle. He took the colour from his Jersey. Marshall,

:06:39.:06:43.

slapping around the fringes, confidence flowing for Ulster. Can

:06:44.:06:54.

they've finish this off? -- carnet. Couple of metres short, McCloskey

:06:55.:07:00.

has got support. Just held up. Marshall, Herbst. And the ball on

:07:01.:07:07.

that occasion was like the proverbial bar of soap for Herbst.

:07:08.:07:14.

Ulster have not let up in this opening five minutes of the second

:07:15.:07:18.

half. Edinburgh have been pinned down inside their own 22. And here

:07:19.:07:26.

they go, little bit of initiative! And beautifully done. Quickly taken

:07:27.:07:33.

by Stockdale, Ludik. The crowd are getting their money's worth, no

:07:34.:07:38.

doubt about that. Marshall, the attempted kick for Olding and

:07:39.:07:44.

that'll be an Ulster line-out. Again, great attack by Ulster and I

:07:45.:07:48.

think the encouraging thing is that throughout that passage of play,

:07:49.:07:52.

Ulster may Howard 13 different carriers and that means the

:07:53.:07:55.

Edinburgh defence don't have an easy point of attack to go after and you

:07:56.:08:02.

can see Coetzee carrying the ball and Chris Henry and Herbst and the

:08:03.:08:07.

forwards, it makes the job for everybody easier and it gives them

:08:08.:08:09.

the point of difference that everybody is putting their hand up.

:08:10.:08:15.

The last Emperor Peter Nelson, Rory Scholes actually scored the try for

:08:16.:08:21.

Ulster against Edinburgh back in 2015, that is just how long ago it

:08:22.:08:26.

was. Stockdale. You can sense the Ulster players want to get their

:08:27.:08:30.

hands onto the ball. Ludik staying strong. Marshall. Nelson. Top job

:08:31.:08:44.

for Treadwell. Piutau. Nice little bit of room. Ulster being patient.

:08:45.:08:54.

They might have a problem because Treadwell has taken a blow to the

:08:55.:08:57.

foot and is limping but he says he does not need treatment, Ulster

:08:58.:09:01.

still have 15 men on the park. McCloskey. He get the sense that

:09:02.:09:11.

Edinburgh are tearing out in the defence already in the opening

:09:12.:09:17.

stages of the second half. -- tiring out. Here is Andy Warwick. Marshall,

:09:18.:09:28.

Nelson. Olding very nearly sent Piutau in there. The ball is still

:09:29.:09:34.

there for Ulster. Coetzee. Marshall. Can they find their way through?

:09:35.:09:45.

Olding. Edinburgh just cannot get their hands on the ball. Coetzee.

:09:46.:09:57.

Marshall. Nelson. Ludik. Stockdale, three defenders in front of him, he

:09:58.:10:02.

has taken on Tom Brown and has kept the ball alive for Ulster. Tidied up

:10:03.:10:07.

by Henry. At the moment Edinburgh are down to 14, back to 15. Clever

:10:08.:10:14.

hands. Warwick. He maybe should have given the ball to Olding earlier.

:10:15.:10:20.

The attacker still there, it is never ending, can they finish it

:10:21.:10:25.

off? The curse of the commentator! Mata. There were three or four men

:10:26.:10:34.

outside of him. And here they come, Edinburgh. McInally. It is

:10:35.:10:42.

exhausting, watching this! Continuous play for about five

:10:43.:10:43.

minutes! Mata. Treatment for an Edinburgh player on

:10:44.:10:59.

the far side. They are not going to kick it! Jason Tovey defying

:11:00.:11:05.

expectations. They are going to play their way out of their own 22, they

:11:06.:11:14.

are not going to kick it. Kennedy with the box kick. Piutau sizing up

:11:15.:11:22.

his opposite number, Tom Brown. The pass was fired out of Ludik. Not

:11:23.:11:31.

forward, says Nigel Owens. That was a long period of play. You can see

:11:32.:11:37.

that both teams are just on their feet, Ulster, probably five players

:11:38.:11:41.

coming back from long-term injury so you would imagine... I can hear the

:11:42.:11:48.

side of benches about to be cleared! Players walking everywhere, and the

:11:49.:11:52.

boys from Edinburgh look even worse, they are hoping this injury lasts so

:11:53.:11:57.

they can get their breath back. Ulster look like they're playing

:11:58.:12:00.

conditioning games preseason, keeping the ball alive,

:12:01.:12:04.

enthusiastic, great to see. They worry will be the fact that Piutau

:12:05.:12:09.

is getting treatment but hopefully it is nothing serious because it has

:12:10.:12:13.

been a great night so far and they don't want any negatives after

:12:14.:12:19.

tonight. A change at scrum-half Edinburgh, Hidalgo-Clyne replacing

:12:20.:12:27.

John Kennedy. Nine Scottish caps, Hidalgo-Clyne, born in Spain. And

:12:28.:12:36.

that is not what the Ulster fans want to see. Piutau limping away.

:12:37.:12:45.

That is a worry. He has been a massive threat tonight along with

:12:46.:12:48.

others but hopefully the fact that he can walk away shows this is not a

:12:49.:12:53.

bad sign that this is a huge disappointment. Tommy Bowe, coming

:12:54.:12:59.

on. Usually experienced and he will enjoy playing in front of the home

:13:00.:13:04.

crowd but Piutau has been unbelievable tonight and he has been

:13:05.:13:07.

the focal point for Ulster and along with Coetzee, they have lead by

:13:08.:13:13.

example and the rest of the team have been feeding off them. Keep the

:13:14.:13:17.

energy high because Ulster are very fit. Piutau, again. The challenge

:13:18.:13:32.

coming in from Brown. Off the bench at Murrayfield last week for Ireland

:13:33.:13:36.

and tonight for Ulster, Tommy Bowe. Still 30 minutes to play. Terrific

:13:37.:13:58.

levels of fitness from both sides and another brilliant Ulster

:13:59.:14:04.

scrummage. Edinburgh in trouble, Coetzee, Marshall, Nelson, here is

:14:05.:14:08.

Ludik with room in front of him. Stockdale. He perhaps should have

:14:09.:14:13.

kept the ball in hand, that is a dive and the touchdown for the man

:14:14.:14:19.

just on the park, Hidalgo-Clyne. The second or third scrummage taken

:14:20.:14:24.

against the head. They are putting Edinburgh under so much pressure and

:14:25.:14:29.

you can understand what Stockdale is doing, Scholes coming up but

:14:30.:14:33.

Edinburgh are looking to relieve this pressure.

:14:34.:14:41.

Libra have not been in Ulster's half in the second half. -- Edinburgh.

:14:42.:14:49.

Just that little pause while Stockdale considers his options. He

:14:50.:14:57.

runs into McCullum. Nelson. Tommy Bowe, ball in hand. Rousing cheer

:14:58.:15:04.

from the faithful. As ever. Coetzee waiting to receive. Setting up for

:15:05.:15:13.

Marshall. Elson. Little bit of action midfield for John Andrew.

:15:14.:15:22.

Marshall looking at the options, he goes narrow. McCloskey. All of this

:15:23.:15:32.

possession and territorial dominance but Ulster have not put one point on

:15:33.:15:38.

the board in the second half and Edinburgh are having to run the ball

:15:39.:15:42.

from wherever they find it. Ulster have the ball back, another

:15:43.:15:48.

turnover, Marshall. That is a chase into the corner. And it might yet be

:15:49.:15:57.

there for Ulster! Jason Tovey, I do not think his team-mates know what

:15:58.:16:02.

he is going to do but that a patient, Edinburgh got away with

:16:03.:16:06.

that. I settle kick by Paul Marshall after the turnover, it means

:16:07.:16:11.

Edinburgh have to play it and Scholes touched the touchline.

:16:12.:16:17.

Ulster want to stay here and hopefully turn over possession and

:16:18.:16:22.

get some points on the board. Rory Scholes is relieved. Here comes

:16:23.:16:35.

Ludik. Taken down by McCallum. Coetzee. The Beast at work. Nelson,

:16:36.:16:52.

Olding. He finds Tommy Bowe. Coetzee. He does not look like a man

:16:53.:17:03.

just back after ten months? Nelson. Ludik. McCloskey tried to spin on

:17:04.:17:10.

the challenge. Marshall, looking to the corner. Nelson and Olding.

:17:11.:17:21.

Nelson with the corner. Straight into the hands of Scholes. And

:17:22.:17:27.

straight into the hands of Peter Nelson. Nelson appealing that he was

:17:28.:17:40.

impeded. Nothing doing, says the referee. Here, Edinburgh. Dean,

:17:41.:17:49.

Burley. Not quite the same pace. Hidalgo-Clyne. The skipper,

:17:50.:18:04.

McInally. Was that forward? Flat, says the referee. Here is Tom Brown,

:18:05.:18:19.

against Tommy Bowe. Mata asking for the ball and getting it. Tackle

:18:20.:18:23.

coming in from Herbst. Hidalgo-Clyne. Should be

:18:24.:18:32.

Stockdale's. That was an awkward bounce back the Ulster winger. Nice

:18:33.:18:39.

play by that replacement scrum-half. Edinburgh are not out of this, if

:18:40.:18:44.

they can get the score, they will feel they are right back in this.

:18:45.:18:49.

You can see Ulster are starting to retire right, very fast-paced first

:18:50.:18:54.

55 minutes and the key is to keep concentration and have a good exit

:18:55.:18:59.

strategy. Probably use the right foot of Ludik. Or a box kick from

:19:00.:19:03.

Marshall. In the first half Edinburgh made rare forays into the

:19:04.:19:07.

Ulster 22 but they were very profitable. Dangerous with the ball

:19:08.:19:13.

in hand, Edinburgh. When they could not get Mata onto the ball, he has

:19:14.:19:18.

been prominent in the last ten minutes with Edinburgh attacking and

:19:19.:19:23.

you need two men to attack him otherwise it gets the Flood, and

:19:24.:19:27.

that is what Edinburgh are doing, playing at a high pace with floods.

:19:28.:19:32.

I think Ulster should keep switched on here and they can push through. A

:19:33.:19:42.

change in the Edinburgh front row. Definitely for Ulster. Callum Black

:19:43.:19:57.

coming on. The man making his way off, Andrew Warwick. And George

:19:58.:20:06.

Turner replacing McInally in the front row as hooker. And Fraser

:20:07.:20:17.

McKenzie has taken it upon himself to take over as captain because

:20:18.:20:29.

Nigel Owens asked him, effectively! Tidy ball taken by O'Connor.

:20:30.:20:39.

Coetzee. Marshall gets it back and Ulster are trying to get a more

:20:40.:20:45.

central position for Peter Nelson or Ludik, in the end. Decent touch

:20:46.:20:52.

fined by the Ulster full-back. Ludik did well under pressure, after the

:20:53.:20:55.

first snowball, whenever Coetzee had to step in field, I thought Marshall

:20:56.:21:03.

might have box kicked that to take the pressure off but Edinburgh have

:21:04.:21:07.

a good attacking position and hopefully Ulster can turn the ball

:21:08.:21:10.

over in a couple of phases and get back to Edinburgh have. It does

:21:11.:21:15.

sound amazing that with 15 minutes in the first half -- second half and

:21:16.:21:24.

we have not seen one point. Troy Merritt finding Toolis. -- Turner.

:21:25.:21:35.

Another score from Edinburgh would make this interesting, not in the

:21:36.:21:40.

way the home fans would hope for. Still rolling forward. Hidalgo-Clyne

:21:41.:21:51.

having a little word with Tovey. He also has the winger, Brian. Up

:21:52.:21:55.

against Black. The referee has a look. Knocked on? Hidalgo-Clyne

:21:56.:22:01.

cannot get the ball back and Ulster have taken it. Schools. Up against

:22:02.:22:13.

his old friend, Tommy Bowe. -- Scholes. Highland. -- Hoyland. Some

:22:14.:22:24.

belief being injected into Edinburgh. Bradbury, it seems a long

:22:25.:22:33.

time ago since you went over without opening try. Tovey. Plenty of

:22:34.:22:45.

support, Toolis. Mata. Scholes is with them. Toolis. Turner. Creeping

:22:46.:22:58.

forward, Edinburgh. Tovey, there are men over here and they are on the

:22:59.:23:03.

corner. And suddenly they are back into the game and it is Damien

:23:04.:23:10.

Hoyland. He scored in the factory in Scotland before Christmas and

:23:11.:23:15.

Hoyland has got Edinburgh back into this. I think Hidalgo-Clyne has made

:23:16.:23:22.

a huge difference since coming on. He has raised the pace of the game

:23:23.:23:24.

and that is lovely passing from Jason Tovey. Mata is hugely

:23:25.:23:30.

influential for this Edinburgh team, carrying the ball in one hand, like

:23:31.:23:34.

McWilliams a few years ago, very clinical. They have not been able to

:23:35.:23:40.

create any scoring chances in the second half and that is the first or

:23:41.:23:44.

second chance from Edinburgh and they have managed to score. Perhaps

:23:45.:23:49.

not expecting the pass in the first half from Tovey, definitely

:23:50.:23:55.

expecting that pass. A man about to make his 50th appearance for Ulster,

:23:56.:24:00.

Sean Reidy. He will enter this game at a very pivotal point. Into the

:24:01.:24:09.

last corner. -- quarter. And Edinburgh since they still have a

:24:10.:24:19.

chance. -- they can sense. Very important kick. Hidalgo-Clyne with

:24:20.:24:27.

it. Did not make it. Relief for the home fans. Nine points still 20

:24:28.:24:36.

minutes left. This is a huge next five minutes, Sean Reidy is on and

:24:37.:24:40.

Coetzee has had a great game, very big impact. This is a game that

:24:41.:24:46.

should have Ulster running in the wide channels, Ulster need the next

:24:47.:24:59.

score. If he can keep that level of performance up, he will be a massive

:25:00.:25:03.

hit at the Kingspan. Sean Reidy, his 50th appearance. And for all of that

:25:04.:25:16.

territorial dominance, Ulster are trailing in the second half by five

:25:17.:25:26.

but -- 5-0. Tovey. Toolis with the long hair. Hidalgo-Clyne, another

:25:27.:25:34.

left footed kicker. He was expecting to put them there. Marshall has been

:25:35.:25:45.

nabbed. Ludik acting at the scrum-half for Reidy. And a vital 20

:25:46.:25:52.

minutes in the Ulster season coming up. Marshall. Tommy Bowe is going to

:25:53.:26:06.

chase this. Ulster about to bring on Peter Browne. Tovey. He does well

:26:07.:26:10.

for Edinburgh. That is a long pass from Burnley. --

:26:11.:26:30.

Burleigh. Can Mata keep the ball alive? We have seen all evenly that

:26:31.:26:39.

Edinburgh will attack from deep, not the best kick from Hidalgo-Clyne.

:26:40.:26:44.

Stockdale thought about putting his boot to the ball and instead retains

:26:45.:26:52.

possession for Ulster. Herbst. Into the final quarter. -- quarter.

:26:53.:26:57.

Ulster have the bonus point. They will hold on hopefully for victory.

:26:58.:27:04.

Nelson. Henry. Nelson for the corner. Well fielded by Tovey. Very

:27:05.:27:29.

nicely fielded by Nelson. That was Tommy Bowe trying to make his way

:27:30.:27:34.

through the traffic. And I think one of the Edinburgh players has come

:27:35.:27:42.

off the worse in that collision. Ian Humphreys, these are very two sets

:27:43.:27:46.

of players, certainly the players who started. They are exhausted.

:27:47.:27:53.

This has been a very long passage of play, both teams have the idea of

:27:54.:27:57.

not kicking into touch, they are kicking long or just to compete and

:27:58.:28:01.

it means they have played for a very long time and these boys would only

:28:02.:28:04.

be training in batches of three minutes so when it gets to this

:28:05.:28:09.

length of time, the shape is gone and you need nines and tens to

:28:10.:28:14.

organise things because the forwards have been on their feet, set piece

:28:15.:28:18.

to set piece and they need to be bossed around and from up here it is

:28:19.:28:22.

good to see, you can hear the voices, Stuart Olding and Stuart

:28:23.:28:27.

McCloskey, Peter Nelson, just bossing around the players and that

:28:28.:28:32.

is what they need. Ulster's shape has been very good tonight, playing

:28:33.:28:36.

exciting rugby and they are enjoying it, they are keen to get their hands

:28:37.:28:40.

on the ball and just express themselves and they seem to be

:28:41.:28:42.

playing with the freedom they have not had in recent weeks and it is

:28:43.:28:47.

exciting to be a fan when they play this way. Despite it being quite

:28:48.:28:52.

tight, the key is they do not go into their shells and they continue

:28:53.:28:57.

to play. Peter Browne replacing Treadwell. Brian started in their

:28:58.:29:07.

last four European matches. -- Browne. The medical truck is on for

:29:08.:29:10.

the Edinburgh man. Tommy Bowe, as you saw running

:29:11.:29:27.

through, collided with him. He has not moved since then. He seems to

:29:28.:29:34.

have been hit by Tommy Bowe tried to get past, he was trying to block and

:29:35.:29:37.

as a chaser you are allowed to get them out of the way and he has tried

:29:38.:29:43.

to shepherd him out of the way. Very innocuous, it might just be

:29:44.:29:45.

whiplash. Bye Rory Scholes. Concern being

:29:46.:29:52.

shown. I think one of the impressive things

:29:53.:30:15.

from Ulster tonight has been the leadership of Henry. Every time you

:30:16.:30:18.

have seen a break in play, here's gathered them around and chatted to

:30:19.:30:23.

them. What we saw was the same from Marcel Coetzee. When you bring in

:30:24.:30:27.

those big players, you hope they lead by example. He was out there

:30:28.:30:31.

tonight, leading by word and action. If you can all of a sudden get the

:30:32.:30:37.

likes of Chris Henry, Rory Best, Marcel Coetzee in there, that brings

:30:38.:30:41.

a team on, vocal as leaders. The problem for teams, they might be

:30:42.:30:48.

looking to Paddy Jackson, but we have heard a lot of voices tonight.

:30:49.:30:54.

Peter Nelson has been instrumental in organising. It makes the team

:30:55.:30:58.

more of a threat, because all know what is going on. Fraser McKenzie in

:30:59.:31:05.

the second row who is down. As a result, the Ospreys winning to take

:31:06.:31:09.

over at the top. Munster will have other ideas. An early kick-off in

:31:10.:31:17.

Italy. Scarlet started the night in fourth, and Glasgow, fifth --

:31:18.:31:25.

Scarlet started on fourth, Glasgow and fifth. Munster retain their

:31:26.:31:30.

dominance at the top. If there is one message that Les Kiss's teams

:31:31.:31:37.

could transmit now, what would it be the last 18 minutes of this match?

:31:38.:31:43.

Think field positions is important, because is to have them playing a

:31:44.:31:46.

lot at the ten metre line. With the dangerous backs in the ten Edinburgh

:31:47.:31:55.

but line-up, without contradicting myself, stay positive. You don't

:31:56.:31:59.

want to just be kicking ball away. It's a case of taking a couple of

:32:00.:32:04.

phases to nip it in the backfield, and then Peter Nelson sweeping down

:32:05.:32:08.

the left and Ludik down the right, and playing behind the defence.

:32:09.:32:14.

Because the Edinburgh full-backs are closing the gate quite quickly.

:32:15.:32:17.

Getting up the defensive line and leaving a lot of kicks base. They

:32:18.:32:23.

need to keep playing with ambition, because you can see how excited they

:32:24.:32:27.

are whenever they are playing the balls at the back. At the same time,

:32:28.:32:31.

don't ever played, get in the right position where Edinburgh can't hurt

:32:32.:32:37.

them. Lewis Carmichael is on for Edinburgh. Les Kiss well aware

:32:38.:32:47.

importance of the remaining moments of this game. The smiles are back on

:32:48.:33:00.

the faces here at the Kingspan. I think the Ulster club shop did well

:33:01.:33:04.

over Christmas, didn't it? The quality of the systems that

:33:05.:33:28.

Fraser McKenzie has received has been top notch -- of assistance. All

:33:29.:33:40.

that strapping in and padding. It's hopefully not an indication of a

:33:41.:33:45.

serious injury. And purely precautionary.

:33:46.:33:55.

They are nothing if not warm and welcoming to visitors here at the

:33:56.:34:08.

Kingspan. Lewis Carmichael is on for McKenzie. And the restart. What will

:34:09.:34:17.

the long delay have done to these sides? Remember, Edinburgh

:34:18.:34:25.

themselves are looking for a try scoring bonus point. And it just

:34:26.:34:36.

feels that that try and break in play is affecting the Ulster

:34:37.:34:40.

concentration here stopped as you mentioned earlier, they have had a

:34:41.:34:43.

few defeats and their pays on your mind this stage of the game. The

:34:44.:34:50.

Ulster players were a bit slow to get underway, and he threw the ball

:34:51.:34:53.

straight into them. A bit of gamesmanship, but he knows that a

:34:54.:34:57.

penalty put them in bonus range and with winning the game. He has made a

:34:58.:35:01.

huge difference to this Edinburgh team. He has brought up the

:35:02.:35:05.

intensity they play with, and you see how much of a threat himself he

:35:06.:35:12.

is. He has what could well turn out to be an absolutely vital kick. If

:35:13.:35:17.

he can get this over, Hidalgo-Clyne, the lead is down to six. And you

:35:18.:35:23.

don't need a mathematical genius to work out that a converted try would

:35:24.:35:31.

put Edinburgh into the lead. And all Ulster's possession and territorial

:35:32.:35:35.

dominance at the start of the second half, that will have been long

:35:36.:35:45.

forgotten. There is no wind. Hidalgo-Clyne write down the middle.

:35:46.:35:49.

And suddenly there's a bit of a nervy atmosphere. 24-18, 15 minutes

:35:50.:35:58.

left to go. You have nailed it. The crowd have gone quiet, very nervous,

:35:59.:36:01.

they've been here the last couple of weeks. You can hear the silence.

:36:02.:36:06.

This is where you need your players like Chris Henry to stand up and

:36:07.:36:09.

drive the team through. There are a lot of guys returning from injury

:36:10.:36:12.

and they need experienced guys to pull them through the next 15

:36:13.:36:17.

minutes. Michael Allen coming on for Phil Burleigh.

:36:18.:36:25.

We're in for a nervy finish to this one, I think. Ludik is bad. -- is

:36:26.:36:40.

there. The combination of Turner and Brown bring him down.

:36:41.:36:51.

Edinburgh changing their captain yet begun. That is good work by Reidy.

:36:52.:37:07.

Next score at vital. Nelson hasn't been put to the floor, is now. Jamie

:37:08.:37:11.

Ritchie is down for Edinburgh. John Andrew and Chris Henry outside

:37:12.:37:34.

him. Helps to -- Herbst grabbed by the Edinburgh replacement. Brilliant

:37:35.:37:38.

defence by Edinburgh. Ulster putting them and all sorts of pressure. A I

:37:39.:37:44.

stepped on by Alan O'Connor. A member's defence just not giving up.

:37:45.:37:51.

-- Edinburgh's defence. They have been very threatening the last 20

:37:52.:37:58.

minutes. The Tongan back row is on as well.

:37:59.:38:06.

And David Shanahan replacing Paul Marshall. Who has worked and worked

:38:07.:38:13.

and worked his socks off this evening. He Paul Marshall has played

:38:14.:38:18.

row well tonight, coming back into the starting line-up has helped

:38:19.:38:22.

Peter Nelson coming in with Paul's experience is marshalled the

:38:23.:38:25.

forwards very well, moved the team around with the kicking and a very

:38:26.:38:28.

important try saving tackle on the corner. Shanahan will bring the

:38:29.:38:34.

intensity, and bring more intensity to the team.

:38:35.:38:41.

There is the impact of Reidy on Jamie Ritchie. That is the prop

:38:42.:38:54.

signed on a short-term loan. From more stuff. -- from

:38:55.:39:11.

Worcester. Ulster suddenly have conceded a penalty. The combination

:39:12.:39:31.

of black and brown. A coach's nightmare. Edinburgh are under all

:39:32.:39:35.

sorts of trouble. Ulster defence is good, well organised, good chance to

:39:36.:39:41.

turn over, the story of Ulster all season a cheap turnover. Jamie

:39:42.:39:48.

Ritchie having a head injury assessment, replaced by the man who

:39:49.:39:49.

normally plays prop. It's been a just rented last ten

:39:50.:40:05.

minutes because of all the stoppages. At the moment, it is

:40:06.:40:10.

working in Ulster's favoured -- it has been a disjointed last. Ball

:40:11.:40:22.

still was Edinburgh's Turner, the replacement hooker. Hidalgo-Clyne,

:40:23.:40:25.

and relief for Ulster. Edinburgh not releasing, and that is a cry of

:40:26.:40:30.

relief around the Kingspan Stadium. Brilliant defence by Callum Black.

:40:31.:40:35.

Got himself blocked on the ball whenever Edinburgh got himself

:40:36.:40:38.

isolated, brilliant massive turnover. Hopefully Peter Nelson can

:40:39.:40:42.

relieve the pressure. Take a deep breath. They have two remember they

:40:43.:40:45.

are still winning this game, they don't have to chase anything. Go

:40:46.:40:49.

back to basic play, whether that is a box-kick or McCloskey of the

:40:50.:40:55.

middle and play from now. Jamie Ritchie will not be returning to the

:40:56.:41:02.

fray. Edinburgh will have a prop in their back row.

:41:03.:41:13.

Blood injury. John Andrew getting worked on. I think you realise till

:41:14.:41:31.

on the big screen. A little lick around the lip of John Andrew. -- I

:41:32.:41:39.

think he realised he was on. The anthem for the first time this

:41:40.:41:45.

evening. Is it going to inspire Ulster to hold on and end of this

:41:46.:41:47.

losing run? Is a hooker has the ball in hand,

:41:48.:42:00.

Shanahan. Tommy Bowe is underneath it. Reidy has picked it up.

:42:01.:42:13.

Shanahan, Nelson. Oh, finding McCloskey, holding off the

:42:14.:42:18.

challenge. Wonderful run by McCloskey. Shanahan, another

:42:19.:42:30.

Edinburgh man down. That is Brown with the red headband. Once again

:42:31.:42:32.

Edinburgh down to 14. Chris Henry. And who does well to release, but he

:42:33.:42:47.

threw a wide passed in Ludik's direction. -- Andrew does. Stockdale

:42:48.:42:56.

has made himself available on the narrow side, not needed. Driven on

:42:57.:43:07.

by Callum Black. Momentary pause in this breathless second half, and

:43:08.:43:15.

Stuart Olding. And suddenly possession for Edinburgh in a

:43:16.:43:20.

dangerous position. It's great vision by Peter Nelson, Stuart

:43:21.:43:23.

Olding, a big overlap against front row. But it's just a little bit of

:43:24.:43:28.

inaccuracy, tired legs perhaps. You see him stretching his calves out.

:43:29.:43:33.

You're in Ulster to play with ambition and be positive, but at the

:43:34.:43:36.

same time you saw them all relied up ready for the box-kick, perhaps that

:43:37.:43:41.

would of been at better option. Credit for trying to keep playing

:43:42.:43:47.

and stay positive. But maybe, you see Edinburgh, plenty of space at

:43:48.:43:51.

the back. I think Dave Shanahan has made a good impression coming on.

:43:52.:44:00.

You want Ulster to put the phase together, get some field position

:44:01.:44:04.

and make either a penalty try obviously would be ideal. A few

:44:05.:44:09.

cheap turnover is an losing field position to easy at times. I think

:44:10.:44:14.

Michael Allen inadvertently got a McCloskey boot in the face.

:44:15.:44:20.

Edinburgh must be down to their last sub, if Mercury listed -- used it.

:44:21.:44:33.

So Belly is coming back on. He won't be too pleased if he has any bruises

:44:34.:44:38.

on his face, a good-looking lad! -- Burleigh is coming back on. He

:44:39.:44:48.

didn't expect to come back to Belfast and shed some blood for

:44:49.:44:52.

Edinburgh. I would guess that Edinburgh have cleared their entire

:44:53.:44:58.

bench. And Phil Burleigh is coming back on to replace Michael Allen.

:44:59.:45:02.

Have we ever known as many stoppages in a half of rugby? I think it's due

:45:03.:45:06.

to the fact that neither team are really kicking out a Mirror has been

:45:07.:45:13.

in play. It has been hugely entertaining -- how long the ball

:45:14.:45:18.

has been in play. There have been -- will be a few tired and sore bodies

:45:19.:45:22.

tomorrow, especially for those who have been out for a long time.

:45:23.:45:25.

Credit to the condition, and the fact that Peter Nelson, Stuart

:45:26.:45:28.

Olding, they are lasting the full 80 minutes. Darren Cave had a great

:45:29.:45:35.

game, I would imagine he was planning to come on follow other two

:45:36.:45:40.

dies. Ulster have extended their lead against the Dragons. -- the

:45:41.:45:49.

other two guys. The 30 point victory earlier on for the Ospreys. Spy have

:45:50.:45:57.

to keep winning to stay in touch. -- so they have do. They have that game

:45:58.:46:01.

in hand. But they have to keep beating the teams below them, and

:46:02.:46:09.

that includes Edinburgh. And that a very sad sight indeed. Michael Allen

:46:10.:46:22.

back in Belfast. And having to go off only a matter of minutes after

:46:23.:46:23.

coming on. So at this rate, I think wing may be

:46:24.:46:39.

going to charge into Newsnight. I'm not sure we've ever done before.

:46:40.:46:46.

It's been a great game. I just hope for Ulster's point of view they can

:46:47.:46:50.

hold on. For the 25, 30 minutes in the first half where there were so

:46:51.:46:54.

good, I think they deserve. Credit to Edinburgh, they have never given

:46:55.:46:58.

up despite going behind so far. You thought Ulster had it in the back,

:46:59.:47:03.

but that try before half-time, we talked about it and hoped it would

:47:04.:47:09.

be a major factor. We can see the wound. He looks totally dazed. He

:47:10.:47:14.

has the oxygen mask back on the face. The synthetic round of

:47:15.:47:22.

applause for the man who at the minute possibly doesn't quite know

:47:23.:47:27.

where he is. Certainly dazed, and bloodied. Michael Allen being slowly

:47:28.:47:43.

taxied off the pitch. I think won pretty much left with the 35th

:47:44.:47:54.

players. So we restart again after a long delay. The second half has

:47:55.:48:00.

lasted about an hour already it feels. Still six points the

:48:01.:48:09.

difference. Edinburgh with players playing out of position in the pack,

:48:10.:48:13.

and they have conceded a penalty. Again, not releasing. Remember,

:48:14.:48:24.

Ulster at half-time lead 24-10. Another good Ulster scrummage,

:48:25.:48:27.

excellent work by Shanahan and Chris Henry. They didn't recycle the ball.

:48:28.:48:41.

Holding on, and Peter Nelson will lead. The forwards really stepped up

:48:42.:48:48.

when they did. And lovely turnover by Reidy in the end. Chris Henry

:48:49.:48:54.

than obviously was first at it and then Reidy finished it off. Still

:48:55.:49:04.

the game is in the balance. Taken by Diack. Reserves of energy being

:49:05.:49:15.

tapped now. The pack being urged forward. Look at the options.

:49:16.:49:24.

Brilliant by the Ulster Park. Shanahan makes clear what's going to

:49:25.:49:34.

happen. McCloskey. McCloskey keeps the ball live for Ulster.

:49:35.:49:47.

It's all just a bit slow and Ulster look as if they have lost this ball.

:49:48.:49:52.

Turnover for Edinburgh, and here they come. They keep thinking about

:49:53.:50:05.

kicking and deciding not to. Is there a sting in the tail for the

:50:06.:50:11.

home side? Hoyland, try scorer in the second half.

:50:12.:50:21.

They're looking for a gap, they are probing, they are going to find one.

:50:22.:50:29.

The chase is on. Rory Scholes piling forward for Edinburgh, awkward bunch

:50:30.:50:33.

for Ulster. He was first? It is Olding, McCloskey. Nobody outside

:50:34.:50:38.

him, you'll have to go himself. Willing from Shanahan, excellent

:50:39.:50:41.

support running. He's unlucky. His jersey just touch the line. Very

:50:42.:50:47.

unlucky. Edinburgh unlucky as well, it could have gone anywhere, a

:50:48.:50:50.

massive bounce back into Olding's hands. They'll be disappointed not

:50:51.:50:55.

to finish this off as well. McCloskey can just find, good

:50:56.:51:05.

defence by Hidalgo-Clyne again. Ulster in dangerous territory. By

:51:06.:51:11.

the law of diminishing returns, but must've been that Murphy is going to

:51:12.:51:18.

appear, one else has come off the bench for Ulster. He is coming on

:51:19.:51:22.

for Alan O'Connor. I think John Andrew has been very good today, his

:51:23.:51:27.

line it has been very accurate, I think that is a hugger coming on for

:51:28.:51:30.

second row. We'll see John Andrew probably shift to the back road --

:51:31.:51:37.

ul-Haq are coming on. Murphy was 25 on Monday, his second appearance for

:51:38.:51:49.

the team. Came on against the Scarlet a year ago, Jonny Murphy. He

:51:50.:51:55.

is coming on tonight against Edinburgh for the last six minutes

:51:56.:52:00.

of the game and Ulster now have a player playing out of position in

:52:01.:52:01.

the pack. O'Connor makes his way off. This is

:52:02.:52:23.

Edinburgh. And this is Bradbury. Held up by Diack. And brilliantly

:52:24.:52:32.

done, pats on the back all round. Jonny Murphy only on the park. Big

:52:33.:52:40.

impact. We have seen himself and Diack, the first and Ulster have

:52:41.:52:44.

made from the choke tackle. McCloskey from a few times and

:52:45.:52:47.

recently referees are trying to get away. Great defence now, opportunity

:52:48.:52:51.

for Ulster to close this game out. A massive overturning of possession

:52:52.:53:18.

for Ulster. But this game is not done and dusted! And Edinburgh team

:53:19.:53:26.

happy to run the ball from deep. Ulster need a solid scrummage. So

:53:27.:53:39.

yes, they have Sean Andrew on this nearside.

:53:40.:53:49.

Don't think this is a back row you might see again for Ulster, Andrew

:53:50.:53:55.

Henry and Reidy. The huge Ben Toolis. I somehow

:53:56.:54:18.

sensed nobody's leaving the Kingspan Stadium early. Bye trying to make a

:54:19.:54:27.

break. It takes a couple of them to bring him down. -- bye trying. If

:54:28.:54:32.

Ulster can get a fifth try. And here they come, running from

:54:33.:54:42.

deep, little chip over the top. Isn't going to bounce favourably for

:54:43.:54:48.

the men in black? Yes, it is. Three minutes left. It's taken on by

:54:49.:54:51.

Carmichael the replacement. Inside the all-star half. Ulster go from a

:54:52.:55:00.

phase of attack to run defence -- inside the all-star half. Is there

:55:01.:55:05.

anybody there in a black jersey? Burleigh keeps it alive. Nails being

:55:06.:55:11.

bitten all around the stadium. That's the Ulster 22 metre line.

:55:12.:55:21.

Appealing the ball, and Edinburgh can't believe it, they concede a

:55:22.:55:28.

penalty. Off their feet and Ulster get the penalty. This is like a Six

:55:29.:55:33.

Nations game, isn't it? A little bit of a soft penalty by Edinburgh, but

:55:34.:55:39.

what a counterattack. Great plague sweeping round, chip, recover.

:55:40.:55:44.

Ulster might be relieved. -- great play. Those are the kind of

:55:45.:55:50.

decisions that frustrate you as a player.

:55:51.:56:08.

Two minutes away from victory. Browne.

:56:09.:56:16.

John Andrew of ball in hand. -- with ball. If Ulster can keep this going

:56:17.:56:33.

for another 150 seconds... Shanahan. McCloskey crunched to midfield.

:56:34.:56:44.

Tapping and not releasing the man. McCloskey helped to his feet. Ulster

:56:45.:56:54.

quite fortunate there, very good tackle on McCloskey in midfield, a

:56:55.:56:59.

little bit predictable by Ulster. Despite the size of McCloskey, you

:57:00.:57:03.

still need a bit of deception on the play. This will hopefully kill the

:57:04.:57:06.

game now if Peter Nelson can put this in the Edinburgh have, just

:57:07.:57:14.

drive and kill the clock. Very impressive return to action from

:57:15.:57:21.

Peter Nelson. In injury affected season, Ulster were coming players

:57:22.:57:24.

back. Nelson has made a big impact the evening. He is so confident. Try

:57:25.:57:36.

all-star roster to them. They are making their own fans sweat. --

:57:37.:57:49.

Ulster. It is now or never for Edinburgh. They've got to keep this

:57:50.:57:51.

ball moving, keep it alive. A good tackle by Olding. Edinburgh

:57:52.:58:08.

replacement has been the thick of the action the last ten or 15

:58:09.:58:16.

minutes. The little school box is about to turn right. -- square box.

:58:17.:58:27.

Belliard, 80 minutes. Ulster need to get their hands on a ball. They need

:58:28.:58:34.

to force a mistake out of Edinburgh. They're not going to kick the ball,

:58:35.:58:41.

they have to keep it in hand. Hidalgo-Clyne, Tovey. It is

:58:42.:58:48.

Bradbury, opening try scorer in this match. Can Nelson get it out of

:58:49.:59:03.

play? Not quite done by Nelson. Edinburgh the last chance saloon.

:59:04.:59:10.

Hidalgo-Clyne can possibly a candidate for Edinburgh's man of the

:59:11.:59:18.

match. Ulster hands being pointed, close the gaps. Can they force a man

:59:19.:59:24.

out of play? The break's been half made. That is taken on by Fihaki,

:59:25.:59:37.

the Tongan. Tovey, any other time he might have kicked it. Bradbury.

:59:38.:59:42.

Ulster have got to force the man out of play. Astonishing finish to this

:59:43.:59:50.

game. Retaining possession, and Ulster have done enough. And they

:59:51.:59:54.

haven't violent touch. -- they haven't found touch. It's

:59:55.:00:08.

all over. Never has a blast of his whistle had been greeted with more

:00:09.:00:11.

relief than here. At the Kingspan Stadium. As Ulster have somehow held

:00:12.:00:20.

on in the disjointed second half for a 6-point victory.

:00:21.:00:27.

It turned out to be about 55 minutes in the second half. Very

:00:28.:00:35.

entertaining to watch and after all that has happened in the last few

:00:36.:00:42.

months, five points. There will be areas to work on but the positive

:00:43.:00:48.

things have to be Peter Nelson, Coetzee, Stuart Olding, we hope the

:00:49.:00:53.

injury to Piutau is not serious but Ulster have to be positive. Some of

:00:54.:00:58.

the first-half play when they had ambition and they seemed to play

:00:59.:01:02.

what is in front of them. As if it was preseason and that is the way

:01:03.:01:06.

this team has to play. They have the bonus point by half-time, leading at

:01:07.:01:12.

the break, all that dominance at the start of the second half was not

:01:13.:01:17.

turned into points. The try from Hoyland and the late Hidalgo-Clyne

:01:18.:01:21.

penalty made the home fans sweat but Ulster have ended the losing run,

:01:22.:01:26.

winning here. Let us hope that man is not badly injured. 24-18.

:01:27.:01:35.

That was a game that left us breathless. Ulster in the end

:01:36.:01:42.

breathing a sigh of relief and wondering how, after scoring the

:01:43.:01:46.

bonus point in the first-half, they were left to cling on by the

:01:47.:01:50.

fingernails in the second. This is the table. Ulster is still in sixth

:01:51.:01:58.

place. Just three points behind the Glasgow Warriors. Ulster with the

:01:59.:02:04.

game in hand against Zuber rugby. Munster still topping the table

:02:05.:02:09.

after that bonus point win. Scarlets beat Glasgow at the Ospreys beat

:02:10.:02:19.

Zebre tonight. Stephen Ferris and Eddie O'Sullivan, Ulster had a

:02:20.:02:22.

brilliant first-half, the second half simply did enough to do the

:02:23.:02:29.

job. Just about? Eddie O'Sullivan is not allowed to come back to Belfast!

:02:30.:02:34.

Every time he is here it is tight. That ten minute period in the second

:02:35.:02:37.

half, we should have got points on the board, just to keep things

:02:38.:02:41.

ticking over and we did not score any point. Playing towards the clock

:02:42.:02:45.

like we had won the toss, the way we played the game, it was a

:02:46.:02:51.

disappointing second half, injuries did not help, Darren Cave was a big

:02:52.:02:57.

loss in not starting. It did not happen, we did not get that first

:02:58.:03:01.

score. Just before half-time that this was a lifeline for Edinburgh

:03:02.:03:07.

and they took that. Yes, it is positive for Ulster with the bonus

:03:08.:03:11.

point and that 5-point return after that disappointing run but after the

:03:12.:03:16.

match you feel deflated after that second-half performance? We are

:03:17.:03:22.

seeing a team that is shy on confidence and only first-half you

:03:23.:03:24.

would not have known that watching them but you could see the changing

:03:25.:03:30.

tempo when they let Edinburgh back, they did not score for ten minutes,

:03:31.:03:35.

Edinburgh defending for 12 minutes in the second-half and Ulster had

:03:36.:03:38.

not scored and suddenly Edinburgh saw that and Ulster sensed that. I

:03:39.:03:47.

think Piutau was a huge loss. Darren Cave played well but it is the sense

:03:48.:03:52.

of a team that just do not trust themselves in these situations. They

:03:53.:03:56.

got the result, they need one of these results to convince them they

:03:57.:04:00.

are back on the road but it was nervous at the end and you have to

:04:01.:04:03.

think that in a tighter game it might have gone the wrong way. You

:04:04.:04:08.

did mention Piutau. Your Man of the Match, perhaps half of the match.

:04:09.:04:16.

The first-half was pure brilliance. The standout in the first-half and

:04:17.:04:23.

that was what won the match for Ulster. His brilliance, every time

:04:24.:04:28.

he touched the ball he made something happen, joy to watch. When

:04:29.:04:34.

he went off Ulster seemed to just shut down. Even though they had

:04:35.:04:40.

Tommy Bowe on the pitch, he just does not have the impact he has.

:04:41.:04:44.

Hopefully that injury is not a concern. He has been like that all

:04:45.:04:50.

season and tonight the game suited him, plenty of width. Getting his

:04:51.:04:55.

hands on the ball and he was terrorising the Edinburgh defence

:04:56.:04:59.

but he left the field and the tempo dropped and Darren Cave going as

:05:00.:05:03.

well. It goes back to that confidence issue around the team, we

:05:04.:05:08.

saw that fear factor creeping in as the game went on and Edinburgh were

:05:09.:05:13.

But this is five points and he said before the game, they would take

:05:14.:05:20.

this five points. We can hear from Charles Piutau. Shivering down here.

:05:21.:05:29.

What is the injury? Not bad, I have to talk to the doctors but I am

:05:30.:05:32.

feeling all right. Hopefully not bad. How stressful was that last 20

:05:33.:05:39.

minutes? I was watching on the sidelines and I think the boys did a

:05:40.:05:43.

great job to close the game and this is a class side, Edinburgh, they

:05:44.:05:47.

have been playing great rugby. Was it a case of, we just need to win?

:05:48.:05:54.

In the first-half, we had a great performance and we conceded and as a

:05:55.:05:57.

second-half went on, lamenting changed how they play to close the

:05:58.:06:04.

game but I am glad to have a better game. The spark seems to be in the

:06:05.:06:10.

back line again? Credit to the forwards, they said a great place

:06:11.:06:15.

for us. And they took the opportunity. Coetzee is learning

:06:16.:06:22.

quickly, he has his coach! He did really well, congratulations. Coming

:06:23.:06:28.

back from long trip injuries, they are terrific for us. What was the

:06:29.:06:32.

experience like? It has been a long wait? It is nice to be on the park

:06:33.:06:38.

playing with world-class players like Charles. Just glad to get

:06:39.:06:41.

factory and we will build on that. What about the atmosphere? It was a

:06:42.:06:46.

rousing sendoff when you came off the pitch? Great support base and

:06:47.:06:53.

they have been awesome, all of the fans and everything, we must thank

:06:54.:06:56.

them for tonight. Support means a lot for the team and next week is

:06:57.:07:00.

another challenge and we will expect the same crime. Are you motivated to

:07:01.:07:07.

push on and do special things? Yes, with the team, were hungry, we will

:07:08.:07:12.

look at this game and take it every game but on Monday it will analyse

:07:13.:07:15.

everything and build on this performance. Thank you. It was good

:07:16.:07:20.

to speak to you. Jim Conlon will present the award for Man of the

:07:21.:07:27.

Match. Well done. Coetzee, we should learn a thing or two! We don't have

:07:28.:07:37.

any coats. The backs were brilliant. Brilliant platform and he was in the

:07:38.:07:41.

middle of everything, Coetzee? Great performance. Exactly what he wanted

:07:42.:07:49.

after that ten month lay-off, he can see him talking that he has the bit

:07:50.:07:52.

between his teeth, he put his hand up to carry the ball a lot more than

:07:53.:07:56.

I thought he would have and they will see a lot more of him on the

:07:57.:08:00.

ground. Stealing more ball, he has a massive unit. Andy Ward said he was

:08:01.:08:05.

walking around Tesco that he could not believe the size of him.

:08:06.:08:08.

Hopefully more of what we could see tonight. He is a great asset. Are

:08:09.:08:16.

you impressed? Outstanding workrate. To back from that sort of lay-off,

:08:17.:08:21.

you would think it would take awhile to get back and he kept the tempo

:08:22.:08:25.

up, he lasted longer than I thought, not just on the field but his

:08:26.:08:31.

workrate, doing all the hard graft. And he probably was tired and he

:08:32.:08:36.

came off. The second-half was hard to watch as a Ulster fan but the

:08:37.:08:42.

first-half, let us reflect on what was very positive for Ulster. They

:08:43.:08:47.

scored four cracking tries and if they are to kick on the seafront,

:08:48.:08:51.

this is the highlights reel they want to look at. In the second half

:08:52.:08:57.

also, Edinburgh were coming back but you must give them credit. Six

:08:58.:09:02.

points, Edinburgh but looking like coming back but they closed the game

:09:03.:09:07.

and they ran down the clock when they needed to, they did not get out

:09:08.:09:11.

of jail but they got over the line. There are positives to be taken from

:09:12.:09:15.

the second-half but no doubt the first-half, those tries and the

:09:16.:09:18.

rugby and the off-loads and the speed of the ball from the ruck, it

:09:19.:09:23.

was on a plate to Paul Marshall and when you have world-class players

:09:24.:09:30.

like Piutau and Coetzee, things will happen. When those lads went off, it

:09:31.:09:35.

did affect them. When you have a bonus point at half-time it is

:09:36.:09:38.

almost a case of thinking we have the job done. And I suppose we saw

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the second-half unfolding and we felt that Ulster, had they scored

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again, it would have clicked on. If professional rugby, it means don't

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give the opposition and even break and ten minutes into the second-half

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Edinburgh should have been dead and buried and Labour back in the game.

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Those lifelines breathe life into the opposition but the team that

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goes through, feeling the pressure having to win, and the pendulum is

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swinging away, the energy drops and they have to look at that, they will

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be in tighter games down the track but the more games like this under

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your belt, the more of the guys believe. It could have gone the

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wrong way tonight but full credit, fantastic first-half, but fantastic

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second but they got the job done and it would have been a tragedy and an

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injustice had they lost. Not pretty in the end but important they got

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five points. By getting the job done, that will give them confidence

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to kick on and have a positive run with a lot of home games? It has

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been talked about. They have a lot of games coming up and they must

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make them count, they have to get five points and when they get

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Edinburgh at home at Zebre at home, you have to get five points and move

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up the leaderboard, we are playing catch-up, Leinster and the Ospreys,

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when they drop points? It will be very tough to get there. If they

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keep winning and getting five points, they will make the job

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easier. In the last four games on the run, they were difficult, the

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Ospreys, Munster and Leicester, I think it is Cardiff, those last four

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games give them no chance to drop the ball in the incoming games but

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they have three games with Italian sides and with all due respect, they

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should put those in the bank. Do you fancy Ulster for the top four? If

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they build momentum in the next five or six games, they probably can't,

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those last four games will decide the season but I would worry about

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those games because there is a tight space at the moment, they have no

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room for error but they will have those international boys back.

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Hopefully it'll be a different situation. Top four? Yes, there is a

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chance but for me, I cannot see the other teams dropping points to lead

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Ulster get back in. They are playing catch-up at this stage, it is

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difficult. Everything is possible, if they can get these world-class

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players playing every week, Libby first-half, this should be first out

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that they were all about sweat as they can do it. Thank you both very

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much. Tomorrow, it is utterly against Ireland, live commentary on

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BBC Radio Ulster. That is it from the Kingspan Stadium, Ulster back

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with a win. Goodbye. Do you have

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any prior motoring convictions? Can you confirm that you will be

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adhering to the speed limit?

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It's sixth placed Ulster who welcome tenth placed Edinburgh to Kingspan Stadium in round 14 of the Pro12 tournament. Edinburgh triumphed 28 - 17 in their meeting earlier this season after a blistering start which saw them score two tries inside the first ten minutes. Ulster will be hoping for a better result to keep them in contention for a place in the play offs.

Stephen Watson presents the action live with analysis from Stephen Ferris and Eddie O'Sullivan, with Michael McNamee on commentary.