Sunday, September 26, 2010
Edinburgh picked up their first season win as they consigned Leinster to their second successive defeat in the Magners League, beating them 32-24 at Murrayfield on Friday night.
Chris Paterson notched up 700 Magners League points as Edinburgh scored four tries through Geoff Cross, Tim Visser, Mark Robertson, and David Blair. Blair kicked five points while Paterson added seven of his own.
Jonathan Sexton was a late exclusion from the game for Leinster, but Edinburgh themselves had a new flyhalf in David Blair, the brother of scrumhalf Mike, as he came in to replace the injured Phil Godman.
Ireland internationals Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney scored tries for Leinster in the second half, but they fell short of getting a losing bonus point with a missed conversion with time up. It was a back-to-back loss for Leinster, after they went down to Treviso last weekend.
Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat kept celebrations low key though as he said there was still plenty to do after he was disappointed with the way his side allowed Leinster to score the late tries.
"Its easier to be critical when you win because then it is taken in the right way. When you lose games you have to be careful with what you say, because guys go into their shells and become afraid to try things," he said.
"I thought we switched off with about 15 minutes to go tonight. We cant afford to do that. Weve got to keep going." Referring to Leinster nearly getting a bonus point, Moffat said he would have been very disappointed. "These things matter at the end of the season."
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