[small_title title=”Leinster 30-23 Edinburgh”]
The capital side faced a huge task on Friday night in the form of PRO12 league leaders Leinster, but a win would go a long way to cementing a top 6 finish and qualification for the Champions Cup next season.
It was clear from the off that the four time PRO12 Champions weren’t playing their best rugby and were eminently beatable. Unfortunately, despite some strong patches and hard defence, neither were Edinburgh whose endeavour was repeatedly let down by a missfiring lineout and coughed up ball.
A yellow card for James Ritchie and a poorly judged pass that led to an interception for van der Flier were key moments in the first 60 minutes. The oft underestimated Tom Brown gave the only reason for cheer with a well taken try that kept the side in touch. But despite the try Edinburgh headed into the final quarter 25 to 8 down.
With the game quickly getting away from them Michael Allen and Sean Kennedy scored tries as they attempted a late comeback, but it was too little too late and in many ways they’ll feel lucky to come away with a losing bonus point.
Thankfully other results went their way and mean they retain their place in the top 6.
|Leinster 30 (6)|
|Tries: L McGrath, van der Flier, McFadden 2 Cons: Madigan 2 Pens: Madigan 2|
|Edinburgh 23 (3)|
|Tries: Brown, Allen, Kennedy Con: Tovey Pens: Tovey, Hidalgo-Clyne|
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