Ulster racked up a bonus point 45-20 win over Edinburgh with six tries to take their season's impressive unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions and stay top of the RaboDirect PRO12 League.
Two tries from Jared Payne and single scores from Roger Wilson, the excellent Ruan Pienaar and Craig Gilroy, as well as a first half penalty try, got Ulster home though the much-changed side did not have things all their own way and trailed Edinburgh 10-3 midway through the first half.
Pienaar - who kicked all six conversions and scored a try before departing for Springbok duty - was again a huge presence while Craig Gilroy and substitute Nick Williams put in big games as Edinburgh's awful season continued.
However, the sight of Stephen Ferris hobbling off in the second half of his first game back in a month will raise further concern over his season with both Ireland and Ulster.
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- Ruan Pienaar
- Craig Gilroy
- Jared Payne