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Saturday, 5 October, 2002, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK
Edinburgh gain revenge
Scott Mitchell runs in a late try for Ebbw Vale but the score was not enough to stop Edinburgh
Scott Mitchell had the last word for Ebbw Vale
Celtic League - Pool A
Ebbw Vale 20-30 Edinburgh

Edinburgh sealed the win they needed with a 30-20 victory over Ebbw Vale to guarantee themselves a place in the Celtic League quarter-finals.

The Scots scored three tries to two to take revenge at Vale's Eugene Cross Park, where they had been beaten in their last two visits.

  Scoring details:
Ebbw Vale (13) 20:
Tries:
Meenan, Mitchell.
Cons: Meenan 2.
Pens: Meenan 2.
Edinburgh (10) 30:
Tries:
Webster, Taylor, Blair.
Cons: Laney 3.
Pens: Laney 3.

Ebbw Vale were ahead 13-10 at the end of an open first half as Vale full-back Mark Meenan scored all of his side's points.

The former Irish schools international put his side 3-0 up early on but a penalty by Edinburgh's Brendan Laney levelled the scores.

Despite being top of Pool A in the Celtic League, Edinburgh were shown no respect by Vale as the hosts drove into the Scots' defence.

But Edinburgh got the first try as the bigger Scottish pack moved the ball downfield to the Vale try line, before it was spun out to wing Simon Webster to go over in the corner unopposed, Laney converting.

The Scots had deserved to take the lead, but Vale responded when fly-half Scott Mitchell threw a long pass out to Meenan, who showed strength and balance to reach the try line.

He added the conversion to his own try and then stroked over a penalty for a 13-10 half-time score.

Simon Taylor bursts through the Ebbw Vale defence
Simon Taylor bursts through Ebbw tackles

Edinburgh showed why they are Pool leaders, however, by blitzing Vale with 13 points straight after half-time including a try by British Lion Simon Taylor, who went over in the corner.

Laney then added the conversion as well as his second and third penalty to make it 13-23.

The Scots then took control of the game as they kept Vale deep in their own territory for most of the second half.

Their third try with five minutes to go killed off the home side as the Scottish pack drove over in numbers and replacement scrum-half Mike Blair was the last man up with the ball.

Laney's conversion made it 30-13 before Vale's Mitchell got a consolation try right at the end, which Meenan converted to make it 30-20.

Edinburgh now have two tough Heineken Cup matches before moving on to the quarter-final stages of the Celtic League.

Ebbw Vale go out of the competition, but can start again next week with a tough Parker Pen Challenge Cup match at home to Montauban.


Ebbw Vale: Mark Meenan; Rhys Shorney, Nick Wakely, Martin Ridley, Liam Roberts; Scott Mitchell, Andrew Bevan; Adam Black (capt), Jon Evans, Paul Jones, Ockert Booyse, Peter Sidoli, Kati Tuipolotu, Paul Williams, Will Thomas.
Reps: Chris Gay, Chris Bevan, Neil Edwards, Tyrone Morris, Gareth Betts, Ed Binham, Aaron Takarangi.

Edinburgh: Derrick Lee; Simon Webster, Brendan Laney, Alistair Dickson, Chris Paterson; Duncan Hodge, Graeme Burns; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (capt), Allister Hogg, Simon Taylor.
Reps: Grant Talac, Carlo Di Ciacca, Guy Perrett, Andrew Dall, Mike Blair, Graham Shiel, Craig Joiner.

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