Alan Solomons left to rue penalty woe as Ulster shine through

Ulster's Jared Payne faces a wall of Edinburgh players
Ulster's Jared Payne faces a wall of Edinburgh players

Ex-Ulster coach Alan Solomons was left to rue his former side’s kicking prowess as Mark Anscombe’s men secured a crucial 9-3 RaboDirect Pro12 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Ulster made six changes from the team that defeated Scarlets at Ravenhill last weekend with Stephen Ferris – so unlucky with injury - on the left flank.

The pitch certainly took a heavy beating, perhaps appropriately given that last night’s game was the last on the current surface before it will be ripped up and replaced with a new, hybrid pitch in time for next season.

Ulster, though, won through despite the conditions and Solomons bemoaned a penalty count of 16-4 against his side.

“There was nothing in the game between the sides – the penalty count was pivotal,” he said.

“They scored two penalties from scrums. Neither side scored a try, there were just two penalties in it and that had a major bearing on the game.”

The Edinburgh coach tipped his hat to his former charges, describing Ulster as one of the ‘top three’ sides in Europe.

“Ulster are very powerful – they are amongst the top three sides in Europe. They’ve been together for a long time.”