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Last Updated: Friday, 16 February 2007, 21:22 GMT
Leinster 13-6 Edinburgh
Trevor Hogan is tackled at Donnybrook
Trevor Hogan helped Leinster stay top of the Magners League

Leinster 13 (13)
Tries: Heaslip
Cons: Contepomi
Pens: Contepomi (2)

Edinburgh 6 (3)
Pens: Hodge (2)

Jamie Heaslip scored his third try in two Magners League games as Leinster stayed two points ahead at the top of the table by beating Edinburgh.

Heaslip scored the only try at Donnybrook as both sides, minus their internationals, struggled for form.

All Leinster's scores came before half-time with Felipe Contepomi kicking eight points.

Duncan Hodge notched two Edinburgh penalties including the second-half effort which ensured a bonus point.

The win stretched Leinster's unbeaten home run in all competitions to 18 matches.

Heaslip was penalised for not releasing in the tackle in the third minute and Hodge, a late switch from inside centre to fly-half, dinked over a left-sided penalty for the lead.

It took Leinster only a minute to reply as a ruck infringement from Geoff Cross allowed Contepomi to kick the leveller from close range.

Contepomi then struck a second successful penalty to nudge Leinster ahead, although a mistake by the Argentine almost gifted Edinburgh a try with flanker Niall Ronan showing great pace to get back and retrieve the situation after Simon Webster's run.

Ronan then linked superbly with Contepomi to send Heaslip in for his 18th-minute score and the Argentine converted the touchdown.

Leading 13-3 at half-time, the hosts had plenty of try-scoring opportunities on the early part of the second period, with Heaslip proving a menace in midfield, but they could not convert them.

Despite losing Hogg to a 48th-minute sin-binning, Edinburgh's stout defence kept them in touch with Contepomi also missing two kickable penalties.

Credit to the Lynn Howell-coached Scots, they battled back for a losing bonus point thanks to Hodge's 77th-minute penalty.


Leinster: R Kearney, G Brown, K Lewis, C Warner, M Berne, F Contepomi (capt), C Whitaker, R McCormack, B Jackman, W Green, T Hogan, D Toner, S Keogh, N Ronan, J Heaslip.
Replacements: G Easterby for Whitaker (60), S Wright for McCormack (9), B Blaney for Jackman (62), O Finegan for Hogan (74).
Not Used: A Byrnes, J Sexton, F McFadden.

Edinburgh: Warnock, Dey, Cairns, Jorgensen, Webster, Hodge, Senio, Dickinson, Kelly, G. Cross, Mustchin, Bentley, Strokosch, Rennie, Hogg, Lopez Fleming.
Replacements: Lopez Fleming for Webster (33), Jacobsen for Dickinson (33), Young for G. Cross (40), Laidlaw for Lopez Fleming (64).
Not Used: Lawrie, S. Cross, McKenzie.

Referee: N Owens (WRFU).



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