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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Edinburgh comeback sinks Llanelli
Martin Leslie on his way to scoring for Edinburgh
Martin Leslie on his way to scoring for Edinburgh
Celtic League - Pool A
Edinburgh 38-14 Llanelli

Edinburgh staged a stirring comeback to sink Llanelli and boost their hopes of a home Celtic League quarter-final.

The home side had fallen behind early on but rallied in the second half to claim a bonus point.

Llanelli prop Martyn Madden was first on the mark, powering through for a try, with Stephen Jones making an awkward kick look simple.

Leigh Davies also touched down, allowing Jones to double his tally before Edinburgh woke up.

Martin Leslie was the first scorer, powering through after remaining detached from the pack.

Brendan Laney converted from wide, atoning for two penalty misses. And he clipped over a penalty to narrow the gap to four points as Llanelli struggled to cope in defence.

Even better was to come for the home side as they stepped up the pace after the restart.

Wing Simon Webster capitalised on an Ally Dickson break to go in under the posts to give Laney a formality of a kick.

Then Laney added three further penalties before further tries by Webster and sub Craig Joiner, the former converted by Laney, gave the home side a comfortable win.


Edinburgh: Derrick Lee; Simon Webster, Brendan Laney, Alistair Dickson, Chris Paterson; Duncan Hodge, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder, Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor.
Reps: Andrew Kelly, Craig Smith, Guy Perrett, Allister Hogg, Graeme Burns, Tom Philip, Craig Joiner.

Llanelli: Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Matthew J Watkins, Leigh Davies, Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, Marcus Thomas, Martyn Madden, Vernon Cooper, Luke Gross; Dafydd Jones, Ian Boobyer, David Hodges.
Reps: John Davies, Phil John, Chris Wyatt, Jamie Cudmore, Mike Phillips, Gareth Bowen, Matt Cardey.

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