Duncan Hodge urges Edinburgh for complete performance against Ulster

Duncan Hodge has named a settled team
Duncan Hodge has named a settled team

Edinburgh interim coach Duncan Hodge wants his team to maintain the intensity throughout the game when they take on Ulster in the upcoming Pro 12 encounter.

In their previous game against Munster, Edinburgh managed a slender lead of 9-7 until the 65th minute following which a 66th minute penalty from fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal sealed a one-point win for the visitors.

Admitting that the result against Munster led the team frustrated, Hodge now wants to make amends in the game against Ulster.

"We've named a settled side to head to Belfast, for what will be a tough encounter against a strong Ulster side.

"As a squad, we were frustrated with last week's result against Munster, and know the last 20 minutes of the game let us down. The aim is to make amends and perform positively and consistently for the whole 80 minutes this week.

"Ulster is always a great fixture and we look forward to going over there and showing our intent from the first whistle."

Fijian flanker Viliame Mata is set to make his first start for Edinburgh since November and remains the only change to the side.

Edinburgh are currently placed ninth with 19 points and a win on Friday can help them leapfrog Connacht.