Edwards Praises Young Guns

Edinburgh 24 Ulster 10_

Henry Edwards_praised his young side after Edinburgh chalked up their opening win of the Magners League against Ulster at The Castle on Friday night. Edinburgh raced out of the blocks and took a healthy lead through a score from promising centre John Houston and a penalty try to chalk up a 14-0 half-time advantage.

But the real star of the show was winger Andrew Turnbull who scored one try and a hand in the other two as Ulster were caught cold.

And interim head coach Henry Edwards was quick to highlight the improvements shown by a young and inexperienced side against the former Magners League champions.

Edwards said: "I was delighted with the victory. Last week against Leinster we were disappointing because we made too many individual errors.

'so the theme this week was for everyone to individual responsibility and I was pleased the guys did that tonight. They showed team spirit, worked hard for each other and even though there were some areas I felt our defence was good.

"We haven't beaten Ulster recently, so there was a big bonus. It is a young team and we are seeing improvements every week._

'the guys got a lot of confidence from that. We"ve got the Ospreys next week and the Dragons the week after, so we can generate momentum."

The win was only the club's second-ever victory against Ulster and was the perfect start to a new season - rubbishing pre-season claims that Edinburgh Rugby were contenders for the Magners League's wooden spoon.

Ulster started purposefully and were awarded an early penalty, but outside-half Niall O"Connor could not take advantage " much to Edinburgh's relief.

In a tightly-contested opening 10 minutes, Edinburgh gradually then started to seize control of the game.

And the home side almost found the breakthrough when Phil Godman's pass found Andrew Turnbull, but the winger was shackled before he could surge over the whitewash.

But Edinburgh cranked up the pressure even further and kept Ulster pegged back in the visitors" own 22.

And the dominance translated into a well-deserved try when Andrew Turnbull embarked on a spellbinding run up the pitch.

After side-stepping two Ulster tackles, he off-loaded for centre John Houston to be left with the relatively straightforward task of touching down underneath the posts.

Then the effervescent Godman struck over the conversion to hand Edinburgh a healthy advantage inside the opening quarter.

Despite going ahead, Edinburgh refused to ease off the gas and employed an expansive brand of thoughtful rugby to entertain the crowd.

And that was evident when Nick De Luca and Turnbull combined superbly on the right hand side before the in-form winger was held up just short of the line.

Nevertheless Edinburgh were awarded a penalty try by Welsh referee James Jones for Ulster's wingers preventing the ball to be released and Godman kicked the extras.

Edinburgh's second try triggered a fightback from Ulster, who fielded Scotland winger Simon Danielli in their back-line, but the home side's defence stood firm.

Ulster almost managed to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time, but Edinburgh forced an error and then cleared their lines to preserve a 14-point half-time lead.

But straight after the break, Ulster edged onto the scoreboard with a penalty from O"Connor straight in front of the posts.

Ulster threatened to make amends for their lethargic first half showing by imposing themselves on the game.

But Edinburgh " looking both organised and industrious " stuck to their task of stopping Ulster from getting over the gain line and kept their concentration throughout.

And, after making two tries, star performer Turnbull got in on the act himself and hurtled through to touch down.

Then replacement Ali Warnock " on for regular placekicker Godman " took responsibility for the ensuing conversion and made it count.

But Ulster refused to lie down and hit back with a quickfire try scored by replacement Mark Bartholomeusz followed up with a conversion from O"Connor.

In a fiercely contested match, Ben Gissing was yellow-carded, but Edinburgh stood firm despite being a man down for 10 minutes.

Edinburgh possibly should have extended their advantage even further but were guilty of squandering a chance with the try-line in sight.

Then with eight minutes of the contest remaining, Ulster were reduced to 14 men when lock Ryan Caldwell was shown the red card.

And Ulster's woes were heightened further when Warnock showed unerring precision with his boot to send over a well-taken penalty.

Next week's game at The Castle is Edinburgh Rugby v Ospreys, make sure you can attend to cheer on another home win in the Magner's League.