Ulster ratings: How the players performed in big PRO14 win over Edinburgh
Ulster secured a home quarter-final in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday evening with a stunning performance and a 29-7 victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
But how did the individuals perform?
Here are our match ratings:
Jacob Stockdale 8: Looked assured at full-back and was strong under the high ball. Powerful running caused all sorts of problems. Looked to be enjoying himself.
Robert Baloucoune 7: What a try and at a key time too. Burns’ pass gave him space and he beat two defenders. He didn’t look too comfortable under the high ball though.
Luke Marshall 8: A misdirected chip and was perhaps unfairly penalised in the first half. Easily bought Barclay’s dummy but largely hard-hitting defensive effort.
Stuart McCloskey 8: Powerhouse centre did what we all expect of him, though he clearly irked Nigel Owens at one stage. A mighty effort and nearly always made ground.
Robert Lyttle 8: Denied last week, he nailed a superb try this time, two steps beating three defenders. Another run caused chaos. Looked stronger as game went on.
Billy Burns 8: Missed a trick when kicking with Stockdale free but hit Baloucoune with a scoring pass. Also involved in Lyttle’s score and got bonus himself.
John Cooney 7: Made a lovely break in the first half but couldn’t get the off-load to a supporting player. Was clearly taken off the ball too but no penalty came.
Eric O’Sullivan 7: The red scrum cap was evident defensively and got a lucky break winning a scrum penalty off Nel. His line speed when tackling was excellent.
Rob Herring 7: Put in another gut-busting shift packed with energy and intent and his determination not to take a backward step was evident from the start.
Marty Moore 3: Unfortunate to pick up a nasty looking ankle injury after an accidental collision with WP Nel. Only on nine minutes before being helped off.
Iain Henderson 9: With him Ulster were always going to be more accurate and his physicality set the tone. Skipper was huge in the tackle zone and made 12 hits.
Kieran Treadwell 7: Another who was full of energy and popped up all over the field. One tackle on Gilchrist forced a knock-on and seemed to please him.
Nick Timoney 7: Lost ball for Murphy’s try but this was a useful return to action with his work rate high. Helped put pressure on Edinburgh to force errors.
Jordi Murphy 8: Got his dog back earlier in the day and produced a mammoth effort. Grabbed an opportunist try but he was seen time and again on the front-foot.
Marcell Coetzee 9: There was a great early tackle and, from there, he was the epicentre of all that was so good about this Ulster effort. Big carries and bigger tackles.
R Kane (Moore 9) 7: Had to step up and did so
A Kernohan (Baloucoune 49) 7: Did well largely in defence
A O’Connor (Treadwell 62) 6: Strong and robust
S Reidy (Timoney 67) 6: Gave it his all
A Warwick (O’Sullivan 73) 5: A few useful plays
J Andrew (Herring), D Shanahan (Cooney) and P Nelson (Burns, all 79): Not on long enough to rate
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