Ulster head coach Les Kiss hailed Springbok back-row Marcell Coetzee’s impact in the side’s 24-18 win over Edinburgh at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday.
Coetzee, who made his long awaited debut, was in superb form during a 60-minute performance in the bonus point victory which was Ulster’s first triumph in 2017 after four straight losses.
Ulster’s win was set up in the first half when Paul Marshall, Darren Cave, Louis Ludik and Jacob Stockdale all crossed for tries. Kiss also singled out utility back Charles Piutau for special praise after another fine performance from the All Black.
“It’s our first win for a while so we’re absolutely happy with it,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
“Marcell had a cracking game.
“I thought he put some really dominant carries in which make a difference and helped the whole back row.
“To tell you the truth I thought 10 months out of the game (with an ACL injury) that Marcell might be rustier than that but he was on the money and just kept putting his hand up to carry the ball and I thought he was brilliant.
“Charles had some real good touches and his piece of skill down the left side (for Ludik’s try) was beautiful.”