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Edinburgh 28-36 Leinster, 7:35pm, Murrayfield.
80 min FULL TIME. Leinster win a cracking game. 36-28
79 minMcFadden lining up a penalty with 30 seconds to go
76 min Edinburgh back in it, as Matt Scott goes over. 33-30 with five mins to go
70 min Drop goal Leinster.33-23 Leinster
69 min Game is becoming scrappy which favours Leinster
67 min Sexton gets another chance and doesn’t miss. 30-23 Leinster
65 min Sexton misses. It remains 27-23 Leinster
64 min Edinburgh cough up another penalty allowing Sexton a shot at goal
59 min TRY LEINSTER. A quick spell of pressure from Leinster gets their second try of the game Sexton missed the con.
55 min Laidlaw nails the kick. 23-22 to the home side
54 min Great break from Ross Ford to work the way up the park from the returned lineout ball. Leinster penalised – Laidlaw to kick…
49 min He nails it. 22-20 Leinster
49 min Chance for Sexton to put Leinster in the lead.
43 min TRY EDINBURGH. Visser with a superb solo effort gives the home side the perfect start to the second half. Laidlaw with the extras
41 min Second half underway
40 min HALF TIME. Leinster lead at the break 19-13 in a cracking first half
38 min Lovely break from Nick de Luca – big pass over the top harks back to Joe Ansbro’s try v Ireland in the Tests but Visser can’t collect
34 min Sexton hits straight back with his own pen. 19-13 Leinster
32 min Greig Laidlaw brings the home side to within three
30 min Good play brings Edinburgh up to the Leinster 22
25 min TRY LEINSTER. Issac Boss nips round the corner of the home defence to give Leinster the lead. Sexton adds th extras
24 min Leinster trying to get on top in the game but the Edinburgh defense is holding firim
21 min Leinster hit right back with another Sexton pen
18 min TRY EDINBURGH. Great play from Tim Visser who wrong foots Rob Kearney to score. Laidlaw with the extras. 10-6 Edinburgh.
17 min Sexton slots it over. Leinster lead 6-3
17 min Another great chance for Leinster. A break away almost leads to a try. Great try saving tackle from the home side. They give away another pen though.
15min More good pressure from the home side. They give away a pen right in front of Leinster’s post
12 min NO TRY. Scrum five to Leinster
11 min Ref gone to TMO for a possible Edinburgh try.
10 min Good play from the home side taken the game to the Heineken Cup champions.
9 min The home side are pinged from comin in from the side and concede a pen which Sexton knocks over to put the game at 3-3
8 min Great chance for Leinster but a last ditch tackle from Tim Visser stops a certain try
5 min 3-0 Edinburgh. Greig Laidlaw with the opening score
4 min Good scrum from the home side and they earn a penalty
3 min Knock on from Leinster. Scrum Edinburgh
2 min Solid start from Leinster on the home sides 22.
1 min Game is underway
It will be a very tough match for Leinster tonight with Edinburgh in good form.
Edinburgh: Chris Paterson; Simon Webster, Nick de Luca, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Harry Leonard, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross, Esteban Lozada, Steve Turnbull, Dave Denton, Roddy Grant, Stuart McInally.
Replacements: Steven Lawrie, Kyle Traynor, Lewis Niven, Grant Gilchrist, Netani Talei, Mike Blair, Jim Thompson, Tom Brown
Leinster: Rob Kearney; David Kearney, Eoin O’Malley, Fergus McFadden, Luke Fitzgerald; Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss; Heinke van der Merwe, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross; Leo Cullen (capt), Devin Toner; Kevin McLaughlin, Dominic Ryan, Leo Auva’a.
Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Jack McGrath, Nathan White, Steven Sykes, Rhys Ruddock, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, Fionn Carr.
With the Rugby World Cup over for another four years, the provincial sides have their chance to shine, as Heineken Cup champions Leinster travel to Murryfield to take on Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro 12 match this Friday night, kick off 7.35 pm.
Coach Joe Schmidt has brought back a number of front line internationals for this match. Jonny Sexton, Rob Kearney, Isaac Boss, Fergus McFadden, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross and Leo Cullen all come back into the starting 15 for Friday’s game.
Kearney in particular will be looking to make a statement as he begins his battle with Isa Nacewa for the number 15 spot at Leinster. He will take heart from his performances at the World Cup, where after blowing some of the cobwebs away, he looked back to his weaving best.
Jonny Sexton will doubtless be happy to be back in the blue of Leinster having suffered with his kicking and a rejuvenated Ronan O’Gara at the World Cup.
Leinster have done well in the opening portion of the season. Aside from losing their front liners to the World Cup they had to deal with a number of injuries to key players, and despite all that they still manage to find themselves in third spot, behind Ospreys and Munster, in the table.
Schmidt’s have won their last three RaboDirect PRO12 matches since their 19-23 reversal at home to Glasgow on September 17th. However they don’t have fond memories of Scotland as they have lost on their last three visits to Scotland.
Edinburgh, while second last in the table, are a dangerous proposition at home having defeated Munster 29-14 two games ago. They like Leinster welcome back a number of Scottish players from the World Cup including Chris Paterson, centre, Nick de Luca, and Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford (hooker) and Geoff Cross.
Coach Michael Bradley knows that with the returing internationals and home advantage Friday’s game is a huge one for his side “Playing at home is an advantage for us and we have the Rugby World Cup boys back so it’s shaping up to be a very exciting game.
“They’re good professionals and are fully switched back into Edinburgh Rugby mode so there’s been a great buzz around training and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing them play against Leinster tomorrow night.
“The priority for us is to get more points in the RaboDirect PRO12. Home matches with home advantage are critical so we’ll be looking for a win.
“The crowd has been immense and were royally entertained at Murrayfield against Munster and were with us all the way against Connacht so similarly, in this match, we need the supporters to get behind the boys and make this home game count.
“Like us, Leinster have a lot of quality players coming back so, while the timing is good for us, it’s also good for Leinster so I think it’ll be a great match.”
While playing in a cold Murryfield is not pleasant at the best of times, the verdict, narrowly, goes to Leinster, providing the returing internationals slot back in, Leinster should have enough firepower to get the job done, before Munster next Friday in the Aviva.