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Saturday, 21 September, 2002, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Maximum points for Edinburgh
Jarrod Murphy makes a break for Caerphilly
Jarrod Murphy makes a break for Caerphilly
Celtic League - Pool A
Caerphilly 32-66 Edinburgh

Edinburgh moved a step closer to the Celtic League quarter-finals as they picked up maximum points at Virginia Park.

The Scottish side produced an outstanding first-half performance to condemn their hosts to a fourth successive defeat in the competition.

Edinburgh ran in nine tries, seven of them during an amazing first-half in which they established a 52-13 lead.

  Scoring detail
Caerphilly (13) 32
Tries: G. Jones, Taufahema, Ashman, Skuse, Boobyer
Cons: Richards, McLoughlon
Pens: Richards
Edinburgh (52) 66
Tries: Laney 2, Lee 2, Dickson, Paterson, Blair, Smith, Brannigan
Cons: Laney 9
Pens: Laney
Caerphilly actually outscored the visitors 19-14 after the break, but the damage had already been done.

Scotland's New Zealand-born full-back Brendan Laney was the star of the show as he crossed for a brace of tries and produced a faultless goal-kicking display.

Laney converted all nine of the Edinburgh tries and also put over a penalty for a haul of 31 points.

Equally impressive was young scrum-half Michael Blair, who controlled the game superbly and was also rewarded with a try himself.

For Caerphilly, still looking for their first win in two seasons of Celtic League rugby, there was at least the consolation of a bonus point for scoring five tries.

Edinburgh will now virtually guarantee themselves a place in the last eight if they defeat Llanelli at Meadowbank Stadium next weekend.


Caerphilly: O Ashman; G Lewis, S Cox, J Murphy, R Howells; L Richards, S Tuipolotu; L Manning, C Ferris (capt), R Skuse, M Workman, N Rouse, J El Abd, A Williams, G Jones.
Reps: A Chiltern, F McCloughlin, R Boobyer, F Vunipola, D Sweet, N Watkins, R Bilton.

Edinburgh: B Laney; D Lee, C Joiner, A Dickson, C Paterson; D Hodge, M Blair; A Jacobsen, D Hall, C Smith, N Hines, S Murray, T Blackadder (capt), M Leslie, S Taylor.
Reps: A Kelly, J Brannigan, A Kellock, A Dall, M McMillan, T Philip, S Webster.

Referee: Gareth Doyle (Ulster)

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