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David Pollock, Tom Court, Andrew Trimble. Ulster Rugby

Court and Trimble celebrate with try scorer David Pollock.

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A win is a win.

Ulster managed to hold on for a deserved win in a tense match against Scottish rivals Edinburgh. Both teams played a low risk game opting for territory rather than possession in a match that sometimes looked like aerial ping pong rather than rugby.

It is disappointing that so much possession was kicked away as Ulster did look much more dangerous when the ball was kept in hand with the forwards in particular making good ground.

Ferris and Steinmetz both had great games in defence with crunching tackles snubbing out Edinburgh attacks time after time and Ulster’s ferocity in defence was the telling difference between the two teams.

Yet again, Ulster should have scored more points but another poor kicking display from Schifcofske ensured a tense last quarter for the men in white. Thankfully, in what was a well refereed match, Ulster managed to keep their penalty count low and their tackle count high and held on reasonably comfortably in the end!

A much improved display, and with the pack (led by Botha) starting to dominate their opposite numbers it is a good platform to build on. The backs still need to discover their running game and hopefully once they get a few more wins under their belt they will start and open up.

Ulster Team:
B Cunningham; C Schifcofske, D Cave, P Steinmetz, A Trimble; N O’Connor, C Willis; T Court, R Best (C), BJ Botha, E O’Donoghue, R Caldwell, S Ferris, D Pollock, R Diack
Replacements: N Brady, J Fitzpatrick, C Del Fava, M McCullough, I Boss, I Humphreys, T Nagusa

Maybe a more relaxed display against a “poor travelling” Stade Francais next Saturday will be just the kick on that the backs need!

Ulster to win by 2 points!

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