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RaboDirect PRO12: Edinburgh return to winning ways against Ulster
Edinburgh ended their 11-match losing streak after edging past Ulster 14-8 in Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Murrayfield.
Under the tutelage of interim coaches Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge Edinburgh produced a stoic defensive display to halt the advancements of out-of-form Ulster.
The Irish region slipped off top spot recently and a fourth defeat in their last five games dents any hopes of a home semi-final.
Edinburgh made full use of their limited opportunities in the opening stages as the talented Piers Francis kicked the hosts into a 6-0 lead.
A Paddy Jackson penalty reduced the lead to within three points to draw a close to an attritional opening half.
After the interval Ulster were unable to capitalise on their territorial dominance as three missed Jackson penalties meant the home side hung to their slender lead.
While the Irish side looked the more dangerous, Edinburgh continued to defend resolutely and talented scrum-half Sean Kennedy was orchestrating proceedings superbly.
Against the run of play flanker Stuart Mcinally burst through the Ulster defence after a powerful surge from the back of the scrum by Netani Talei to score the opening try of the game and extend Edinburgh's lead to 11-3.
Ulster fashioned a swift riposte when Andrew Trimble crossed in the corner after collecting a well-judged kick in behind the last line of defence from Michael Allen.
Jackson's forgettable evening with the boot continued as his fourth miss of the night meant the home side maintained their lead.
At one stage in the season Ulster were 11 points clear at the top of the table but Francis' third penalty sealed the visitors' fate and continued their wretched run of form.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
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