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Last Updated: Friday, 26 March, 2004, 21:12 GMT
Ulster 37-0 Edinburgh
Adam Larkin scored 17 points
Ulster 37 (18)
Tries: Howe 2, Sexton, Wallace, Larkin
Cons: Larkin 3
Pens: Larkin 2
Edinburgh 0 (0)

Ulster moved four points clear at the top of the Celtic League after victory over a weakened Edinburgh at Ravenhill.

A brace of tries by deposed Ireland winger Tyrone Howe, along with touchdowns by Matt Sexton and Paul Wallace, gave Ulster their bonus point.

Fly-half Adam Larkin also crossed for a try, as well as kicking 12 points.

With Llanelli drawing 33-33 with Connacht, Ulster are now firm favourites to grab a Celtic double after their victory in the Celtic Cup.

It did not take Ulster long to assert their authority against Edinburgh.

After Larkin had banged over an opening penalty in the ninth minute, he tucked away the conversion to Howe's first try six minutes later after good work by flanker Neil Best.

A second Larkin penalty in the 23rd minute was quickly followed by the electric Howe's second effort, when he took a reverse pass from fellow winger James Topping to power over.

Ulster were completely dominant and Edinburgh¿s efforts were not helped when their skipper, Graeme Burns, was yellow-carded for killing the ball at a ruck on the stroke of half-time.

The home side were quickly into their stride on the restart against the 14 men, with hooker Sexton driving in at the posts for Larkin to convert.

Ulster got their predicted bonus point just after the hour, when neat handling put replacement full-back Wallace over.

A weary Edinburgh held out until the final minute, with Larkin skipping over midway out and landing the conversion for a sumptious victory - their third over the Scots this season.


Ulster: Cunningham; Topping; Stewart, Steinmetz, Howe; Larkin, Campbell; McCormack, Sexton, Moore, Frost, McCullough, Best, McMillan, Ward, capt.
Replacements: Shields for Sexton (47), Longwell for Frost (47), Brosnihan for Ward (62), Doak for Campbell (68), Wallace for Cunningham (27), S Young for Howe (62).

Edinburgh: Southwell, Joiner, Di Rollo, Dickson, Dey, Monro, Burns, Mathieson, Hall, Brannigan, Perrett, Kellock, Dall, Martyn, Harrison.
Replacements: Kelly for Hall (58), Driver for Cross (65), Pike for Mathieson (72), Fisher for Harrison (60), Lawson for Monro (40), Warnock for Burns (48), Sharman for Dey (48).

Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (WRU).




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