Edinburgh v Ulster live stream: How to watch from anywhere

Both these teams have made a habit of losing knockout ties, but the prize of a Guinness Pro14 final next weekend against Leinster awaits this evening’s victors (7.35pm). And let’s hope for a better match than the cagey offering served up by Leinster and Munster last night.

Under Richard Cockerill, Edinburgh have lost two Challenge Cup quarter-finals, a Champions Cup quarter-final and a Pro14 play-off. But the capital club start as favourites at Murrayfield on the back of their best-ever league campaign. They clinched top spot in Conference B two weeks ago with victory over Glasgow and recall the bulk of that line-up to take on Ulster.

Scotland second-row Grant Gilchrist makes his 150th Edinburgh appearance and is one of eight changes from the understrength side put out in last week’s ‘dead rubber’ return fixture with Glasgow. From the well-drilled front five to scavenging back-row Hamish Watson and rocket wing Duhan van der Merwe, they contain threats all over the park. This will be Edinburgh’s first Pro14 semi-final.

“We know we’re good enough to live in this company,” said Cockerill, who this week expressed interest in coaching Scotland one day. “I expect us to be able to perform and I don’t think it’ll be a surprise if we win. The Glasgow Warriors games have been brilliant for us. The last two weeks have been perfect preparation.”

Edinburgh v Ulster live stream Hamish Watson

Key man: Hamish Watson’s breakdown work will be a feature as Edinburgh chase a first Pro14 final (Inpho)

Ulster have lost both their matches since the resumption – their last win was in February – but are boosted by news from the medical team. Three Ireland players, Jacob Stockdale and Stuart McCloskey (both contusions) and Jordi Murphy (concussion), have overcome injury concerns from the loss to Leinster and will line up in a team led by fly-half Billy Burns.

Down the years, Ulster have developed a knack of reaching Pro14 semi-finals but then coming unstuck on the big occasion, last year’s 50-20 thrashing by Glasgow the most recent example. Recent performances have been sloppy, from silly infringements to kicks out on the full, but they have beaten Edinburgh in their previous three meetings.

Since the start of play-offs in 2009-10, the away team has won just twice in 24 semi-finals – both times by the Scarlets. The context is different this time, with no fans in attendance.

Ulster coach Dan McFarland said: “We know there’s only ever been two away wins, so I know the difficulty of what’s in front of us. But I also know there’s a hunger in the squad to give it a better shot than we did last year and put out a better performance. We’re a team capable of putting out a performance away from home.”

That was the case in Ulster’s last league visit to Murrayfield in April 2019, when they bagged a 29-7 bonus-point win to clinch a play-off place. Watch highlights of that game here.

The referee this evening is former Connacht scrum-half Frank Murphy, who awarded more than 20 breakdown penalties alone in the recent Munster-Connacht match, so both sides will have to be razor-sharp in that critical area.

In the event of a draw at full-time, extra-time will be played, consisting of two ten-minute periods. Further stalemate will see the winners decided initially by most tries in the match or, beyond that, a place-kick competition.

Edinburgh v Ulster live stream Jacob Stockdale and Stuart McCloskey

Good to go: Jacob Stockdale and Stuart McCloskey have both been passed fit for the semi-final (Inpho)

Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn; Darcy Graham, Mark Bennett, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe; Jaco van der Walt, Nic Groom; Rory Sutherland, Stuart McInally (capt), WP Nel, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata.

Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse 17 Pierre Schoeman 18 Simon Berghan 19 Andrew Davidson 20 Jamie Ritchie 21 Charlie Shiel 22 Nathan Chamberlain 23 George Taylor.

Ulster: Jacob Stockdale; Louis Ludik, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Rob Lyttle; Billy Burns (capt), John Cooney; Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter, Matthew Rea, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee.

Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Michael Lowry.

If you want to watch this second Guinness Pro14 semi-final wherever you are, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Edinburgh v Ulster.

How to watch Edinburgh v Ulster from outside your country

If you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Pro14 coverage, like Edinburgh v Ulster this Saturday, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.

VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.

Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.

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Edinburgh v Ulster live stream: How to watch from the UK

Edinburgh v Ulster, which kicks off at 7.35pm tonight, will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 in the UK.

Premier Sports show every Guinness Pro14 match live in the UK. If you have a Sky or Virgin Media contract, you can add Premier Sports to your package from £9.99 a month.

Or subscribe to Premier Player so you can stream matches online from £9.99 a month or £99 for 12 months, which would include the 2020-21 Pro14 season too. That starts on 3 October.

If you’re from the UK but are overseas when there’s a particular match you want to watch, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.

Edinburgh v Ulster live stream: How to watch from Europe

If you’re in Austria, Germany, Italy or Switzerland, you can watch Edinburgh v Ulster (8.35pm kick-off) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. It’s compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.

Edinburgh v Ulster live stream: How to watch from Canada

DAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to see Edinburgh v Ulster in Canada. It will kick off at 2.35pm EST and 11.35am on the West Coast.

Edinburgh v Ulster live stream: How to watch from New Zealand

If you want to tune in to Edinburgh v Ulster from New Zealand, the match kicks off at 6.35am on Sky Sport NZ 1.

It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99), but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.

Edinburgh v Ulster live stream: How to watch from South Africa

SuperSport came on board as a Pro14 broadcast partner when South African franchises Cheetahs and Kings joined the competition in 2017.

They primarily show matches involving those teams but are also showing Edinburgh v Ulster, which kicks off at 8.35pm on SuperSport Rugby.

There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz and Premium, which includes all ten sports channels.

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