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Ulster ratings: How the players performed in big PRO14 win over Edinburgh

Ulster's Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee are both back to start for Ulster.
Ulster's Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee are both back to start for Ulster.

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.

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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.

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Rob Lyttle got over the line for Ulster.

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.

Replacements

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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