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Ulster keep pace with Pro12 leaders after grinding it out in Edinburgh

Paddy Jackson’s trio of penalties were enough for Mark Anscombe’s men at Murrayfield.

Roger Wilson and Stephen Ferris in the Ulster scrum.
Roger Wilson and Stephen Ferris in the Ulster scrum.
Image: Russell Cheyne/INPHO

Edinburgh 3

Ulster 9

EDINBURGH BADE A losing goodbye to Murrayfield this evening as Ulster cxame away from their RaboDirect Pro12 encounter with the points.

Stephen Ferris, making his first start for Ulster, put in a good shift in a pack that was forced to cope without sin-binned Iain Henderson from the 18 minute mark. The home side were three points to the good at that stage, through Carl Beziudenhout, but Ulster levelled matters with a Paddy Jackson effort.

Mark Anscombe’s men edged ahead after Henderson rejoined the fray but Jackson missed a third penalty attempt that would have made it 9-3 at the break. That was the scoreline, however, after 46 minutes as Jackson gave his team some breathing room.

Jared Payne surrounded Jared Payne encounters some resistance. Source: Presseye/Ian McNicol/INPHO

The Murrayfield pitch is in a dire state at present and will need to be re-laid in the coming weeks. It certainly did not help make the game a free-flowing spectacle but Ulster will be happy with a win that keeps them in the hunt for top spot. They were also pleased to welcome back lock Dan Tuohy as a second-half sub and a full 80 minute outing for Luke Marshall.

Ulster: Jared Payne; Tommy Bowe, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Michael Heaney (Paul Marshall); Tom Court, Rob Herring, John Afoa (Ricky Lutton); Johann Muller (capt.) Iain Henderson; Stephen Ferris (Robbie Diack), Sean Doyle (Dan Tuohy), Roger Wilson (Nick Williams).

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