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

By Jonathan Bradley

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.

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