Edinburgh skipper Chris Paterson criticised his side's attitude in their 21-13 defeat in Ulster that wrecked their dreams of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup this season.
Having been given first use of a howling gale at Ravenhill, all that Edinburgh could muster were two penalties from Paterson to head into the interval 6-5 ahead. That was never going to be a big enough lead to defend and the Scottish side duly went down in the second half.
"We felt it was a 10 or 15 point wind and our attitude let us down in the first-half. Those first 40 minutes were unacceptable," said Paterson.
"We were still in the competition in round five, but we let ourselves down with that first-half performance. All our endeavour and effectiveness in the second half counted for nothing because of those first 40 minutes - we simply didn't turn up."
Edinburgh were forced to make 100 tackles in the first-half as Ulster dominated possession with 79%. They stuck the ball up their jumper and made inches and then yards, also stealing a try through Darren Cave.
Defeat for the Scots means the best they can hope for is second place in the Pool by taking a bonus win at home against leaders Stade Francais Paris at Murrayfield next weekend and hoping Ulster get nothing at Bath.
That would take them to 18 points and might be good enough to earn them a ticket into the last eight of the Amlin Challenge Cup.