Ulster ended Edinburgh’s six-match Pro14 winning run with a 32-20 victory in the Scottish capital to keep their own play-off hopes alive.
Edinburgh have swept aside all in their path since losing to Glasgow Warriors in December, although they were beaten by Cardiff Blues in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals last weekend.
And they were unable to regain the winning feeling on their return to domestic action, with John Cooney starring for the Irish province with a contribution of 17 points.
With the exception of a second-half penalty try, Duncan Weir accounted for the sum of Edinburgh’s final tally, in a result that draws Ulster within eight points of their opponents in Conference B as the regular season nears its conclusion.
Ulster have three matches remaining – one more than third-placed Edinburgh – with an automatic European Champions Cup spot also on the line.
Full-Time at BT Murrayfield: EDI 20 ULS 32
A 79th minute try from Iain Henderson, along with first half tries from Darren Cave, Charles Piutau and John Cooney, secure the bonus point win for Ulster. #SUFTUMLive #EDIvULS pic.twitter.com/uMdrOQ6tuB
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) April 6, 2018
The Ospreys, meanwhile, strengthened their grip on Conference A’s Champions Cup play-off spot with a bonus-point win against Connacht – their main rivals for that berth.
The Welsh region ran in five tries to produce a 39-10 victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Dan Biggar kicked 14 points in his final home fixture before joining Northampton Saints at the end of the season.
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) April 6, 2018
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