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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 14:54 GMT
Edinburgh 25-24 Leinster
Edinburgh fly-half Duncan Hodge
Hodge slots over his drop-goal despite the attentions of Leinster's defence

Edinburgh (12) 25
Try: Dewey
Con: Paterson
Pens: Paterson (5)
Drop-goal: Hodge

Leinster (10) 24
Tries: Dempsey (2), Fitzgerald
Cons: Contepomi (3)
Pen: Contepomi

A superb drop-goal by Duncan Hodge revived Edinburgh's Heineken Cup campaign as they earned a thrilling one-point victory over Leinster.

Two tries by Girvan Dempsey and another from Luke Fitzgerald had helped the Irish province into a 24-22 lead with the Pool Two game in stoppage-time.

But Edinburgh surged forward to set up Hodge for the decisive kick.

Chris Paterson landed five penalties for Edinburgh and also converted Rob Dewey's second-half try.

Edinburgh will feel justice was done as they had conceded a controversial try early in the second half which swung the contest Leinster's way.

The visitors were a man and 12-10 down when Shane Horgan's forward pass to replacement winger Fitzgerald went unnoticed by the officials.

Action from Edinburgh's 25-24 win over Edinburgh
Edinburgh centre Rob Dewey on the attack against Leinster

That put Leinster 17-12 up early in the second half with Girvan Dempsey having landed an early try and Paterson kicking four penalties for Edinburgh.

But a poor line-out by Leinster handed Edinburgh a scrum and Dewey powered his way over for a try. Paterson converted and then added a penalty to give the Scots a 22-17 advantage.

The match was in its 80th minute when Leinster responded with Dempsey's second try.

But veteran stand-off Hodge stole the show with a drop to secure a superb victory for Edinburgh that throws Pool Two wide open.


Edinburgh: Southwell; Paterson, Di Rollo, Dewey, Webster; Godman, Blair; Jacobsen, Hall, Dickinson; Mustchin, Murray; Strokosch, Rennie, Callam.
Replacements: Hodge for Godman (55), Smith for Dickinson (53), MacDonald for Rennie (68).
Not Used: Kelly, Turnbull, Laidlaw, Cairns.

Leinster: Dempsey; Horgan, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Hickie; Contepomi, Willis; McCormack, Blamey, Green; Hogan, O'Kelly; Keogh, Gleeson, Heaslip.
Replacements: Fitzgerald for Hickie (43), Finnigan for Hogan (41), Jowitt for Keogh (74).
Not Used: Vermaas, Corrigan, Dunne, Lewis.

Att: 5,867

Referee: Joel Jutge (France).



SEE ALSO
Heineken Cup 2006/7
22 Oct 06 |  Rugby Union
Pool 2
16 Oct 06 |  Rugby Union
Leinster 37-20 Gloucester
21 Oct 06 |  Rugby Union
Agen 19-17 Edinburgh
20 Oct 06 |  Rugby Union


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