PA Sport - Sun, 25 Apr 19:48:00 2010
Ulster got their first Celtic League win of the season over a Scottish side as they defeated Edinburgh 37-25 and in the process took five points to ensure they will stay ahead of Connacht and earn a Heineken Cup place next season.
For sorry Edinburgh it was a sad day. A poor performance, at home, means their hopes of qualifying for the League play-off are hanging by a thread.
Tries by Jamie Smith for Ulster and Tim Visser for Edinburgh with Niall O'Connor and Phil Godman each kicking the conversion and a penalty meant the sides started the second half tied at 10-10.
However a much more slick Ulster secured a good win with second-half tries from Simon Danielli, Ian Whitten, Ian Humphreys and Stephen Ferris while Humphreys added two conversions and a penalty.
Edinburgh's tries by Visser and Andy Turnbull were no consolation as Godman converted one and kicked a penalty.
Meanwhile, the Scarlets registered their biggest ever Celtic League victory, hammering Connacht 58-10 in the bottom-of-the-table clash at Parc y Scarlets.
The west Wales region displayed some much-needed end of season form as prop Rhys Thomas and centres Regan King and Jonathan Davies all crossed for two tries each. It beat their previous best Magners victory - 53-10 over Edinburgh three seasons ago.
It was not the preparation Connacht needed ahead of their European Challenge Cup semi-final at home against Toulon on Friday.