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Ulster Rugby: Ulster lose 28-17 to Edinburgh at Murrayfield in Pro12

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 04/11/2016

Ulster's Tommy Bowe and Ben Toolis
Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Ulster's Tommy Bowe and Ben Toolis Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne

An abject hour of rugby against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday night consigned Ulster to a 28-17 loss and their third straight Guinness Pro12 defeat.

Having reeled off five victories to start the season, the province have lost four of five in all competitions since with their latest reverse coming after a performance which saw the opposition lead 28-3 before a late fightback.

Debutant Aaron Cairns and fellow replacement Jacob Stockdale crossed for second-half scores, while a Charles Piutau effort that seemingly should have stood was chalked off, but the damage was long since done.

With Viliame Mata, Damien Hoyland and Magnus Bradbury all scoring in the first 47 minutes, indeed the side from the Scottish capital may have ended the night with a tinge of regret over their failure to land the four-try bonus point before the night was out.

A first three game losing streak in the league since 2011/12 - the last season incidentally that they failed to make the end-of-seaon play-offs - Ulster remain fifth in the table but will end the weekend three points outside the top four with more than a third of the season gone.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 -
UlsterÕs Aaron Cairns scores and celebrates try
Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Aaron Cairns scores and celebrates try Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Conor Joyce leaves pitch Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Aaron Cairns scores and celebrates try Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Tommy Bowe and Ben Toolis Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Tommy Bowe and Sean Kennedy Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Tommy Bowe and Sean Kennedy Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Charles Piutau is challenged by Cornell Du Preez as he scores disallowed try Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Charles Piutau is challenged by Cornell Du Preez as he scores disallowed try Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Charles Piutau is challenged by Cornell Du Preez as he scores disallowed try Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Jamie Ritchie takes on Cornell Du Preez Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Brett Herron takes on Murray McCallum Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Dan Tuohy and Phil Burleigh Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Jamie Ritchie takes on Cornell Du Preez Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Brett Herron takes on Murray McCallum Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs Brett Herron takes on Murray McCallum Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Ruan Pienaar Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Pete Browne Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Pete Browne Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Pete Browne Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Jason Tovey takes on UlsterÕs Luke Marshall and Callum Black Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Jason Tovey takes on UlsterÕs Luke Marshall and Callum Black Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Jason Tovey takes on UlsterÕs Luke Marshall Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Brett Herron Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Blair Kinghorn takes on UlsterÕs Charles Piutau Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Blair Kinghorn takes on UlsterÕs Charles Piutau Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Jason Tovey takes on UlsterÕs Luke Marshall and Callum Black Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - UlsterÕs team face conversion Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th November 2016 - Blair Kinghorn takes on UlsterÕs Charles Piutau Edinburgh versus Ulster Guinness pro 12 Murrayfield stadium Edinburgh Scotland, Britain November 4, 2016. Pic Russell Cheyne

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