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Edinburgh 32-12 Scarlets

Edinburgh (15) 32
Tries: G Cross, Robertson 2, De Luca Cons: Paterson 3 Pens: Godman Drop-goals: Godman

Scarlets (0) 12
Tries: Stoddart, Roberts Con: C Thomas

Mark Robertson
Robertson was one of Edinburgh's star players with two tries

Edinburgh got their first win of the season with an impressive display at home to table-toppers Scarlets.

Mark Robertson scored two tries, with Alan Jacobsen and Nick De Luca both going over as well.

Chris Paterson kicked three conversions, and Phil Godman contributed a penalty and a drop-goal.

Scarlets struggled to threaten, but managed two second-half scores from Morgan Stoddart and Martin Roberts, along with a Ceiron Thomas conversion.

Edinburgh were desperately looking to record their first win of the season and went into the game on the back of a 52-6 mauling at the hands of Leinster last week.

History was on their side, however, as early Magners League leaders the Scarlets had never beaten their hosts at Murrayfield in five previous attempts.

The Welsh team started brightly, and Stephen Jones attempted to get some early points on the board from a drop-goal, but the stand-off was off target.

Edinburgh increased the pace of their play, but neither Paterson nor Josh Turnbull were able to penetrate the Scarlets 22.

And it was the home side that eventually broke the points duck 18 minutes in, when Godman knocked a penalty between the uprights.

Edinburgh kept the Scarlets pushed back deep inside their 22 with a series of well-placed kicks into the corners.

The visitors' defence held firm under intense pressure until 26 minutes, when Jacobsen ploughed over the line after his pack overpowered Scarlets in the scrum.

But Paterson uncharacteristically missed the conversion as he slammed the ball against the post.

Edinburgh v Scarlets
Jacobsen touches down for the home side's first try

Edinburgh were playing with real verve, and Robertson got the second try from a brilliant move.

Paterson made an incisive run from the halfway line, perfectly timed his off-load to Robertson 30m from the line, and the centre outpaced Nathan Brew to go over under post, giving Paterson a simple conversion.

In a rare foray forward, Gavin Thomas got over the Edinburgh try-line, but was prevented from touching down.

The hosts should have put the result beyond Scarlets' reach on the stroke of half-time, when Robertson won a foot-race to Matt Mustchin's forward kick.

But, instead of diving to score, he attempted to gather the bouncing ball and knocked-on in the process.

Godman did manage to put more points on the board for Edinburgh from his boot with a drop-goal.

Paterson, Ross Ford and Ally Hogg were all halted in their tracks, but the Scarlets defence was showing signs of breaking under the strain and Robertson eventually claimed his second try after good handling from Ford and Paterson, who converted.

Scarlets, who were looking disconsolate, briefly came to life and scored a try through Stoddart as the Edinburgh defence seemed to switch off.

The hosts responded almost immediately as Nick de Luca scored an excellent individual try, Paterson adding the extras.

The visitors got another score near the final whistle when replacement scrum-half Roberts touched down and Thomas converted.

But it was too little too late, as Edinburgh claimed a much-needed victory to kick-start their season.


Edinburgh: Paterson; A Turnbull, Southwell, De Luca, Robertson; Godman, M Blair; Jacobsen, Ford, G Cross, C Hamilton, Gissing, Mustchin, MacDonald, Hogg.

Replacements: Thompson for Paterson (70), D Blair for Godman (68), Meyer for M Blair (66), Kerr for Jacobsen (60), Kelly for Ford (60), J Hamilton for C Hamilton (55), Newlands for MacDonald (70).

Scarlets: Stoddart, M Jones, Higgitt, Davies, N Brew; S Jones, Martens, I Thomas, Owen, Meeuws, Cooper, MacLeod, Turnbull, G Thomas, Lyons.

Replacements: King for Higgitt (46), C Thomas for Brew (53), Rees for Owen (46), John for Meeuws (53), Reed for MacLeod (60), N Thomas for Turnbull (41).

Not Used: Roberts.

Att: 2,655

Ref: Alan Lewis (Ireland).



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see also
Magners Celtic League 2008/9
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