Edinburgh put Leinster to the sword

Date published: September 5 2015

Edinburgh made a fine start to the PRO12 season when they claimed a memorable 16-9 victory over Leinster at Meggetland on Friday.

Damien Hoyland was Edinburgh's hero as he crossed for a brace of tries in the second half.

In truth, the first half set the course for the game with neither team displaying much quality throughout the 40 minutes. 

Nathan Fowles and Isa Nacewa traded penalties before Hoyland scored the Scottish outfit's first try of the season just after the interval. 

Although Nacewa kicked two more off the tee in the second period to increase the nerves, Jack Cuthbert's three-pointer and Hoyland's second touchdown took Edinburgh to a deserved victory.

With the World Cup depriving the teams of their star players, both sides struggled to find their fluency as mistakes pervaded the play. 

There was some quality on show with the visitors fielding Ireland internationals Fergus McFadden, Mike McCarthy and Kevin McLaughlin. 

Southern hemisphere flair was also prevalent in the form of Ben Te'o and Nacewa but, despite dominating the opening 15 minutes, they failed to produce anything tangible. 

Leinster did finally move ahead through the boot of their full-back before Alan Solomons' men found their feet in the encounter. 

Edinburgh's perseverance was eventually rewarded when Fowles kicked a long-range three-pointer and they threatened towards the end of the half as their forwards pounded the opposition line. However, ill-discipline ended the attack and the teams went into the break level at 3-3. 

The pressure ultimately paid dividends in the early part of the second period when Hoyland crossed the whitewash for the hosts following further good work from the pack. 

Fowles was unable to convert from a difficult angle, which meant Nacewa's kick off the tee four minutes later reduced the arrears to two points with a quarter of the match remaining. 

Cuthbert and Leinster's full-back traded three-pointers late on, but it was the home side who confirmed the win when Hoyland scampered over after Dominic Ryan had been sin-binned for the visitors.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Hoyland 2
Pens: Fowles, Cuthbert

For Leinster:
Pens: Nacewa 3

Edinburgh: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Sam Beard, 11 Damien Hoyland, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Roddy Grant (c), 6 Cornell Du Preez, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 John Andress, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 James Johnstone.

Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Ben Te'o, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Darragh Fanning, 10 Cathal Marsh, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Kevin McLaughlin (c), 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Tom Denton, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 Aaron Dundon, 1 Michael Bent.
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Royce Burke-Flynn, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Garry Ringrose.

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)