Edinburgh scrape past Zebre

01st Nov 2013, 22:35

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Try for Edinburgh: WP Nel

Try for Edinburgh: WP Nel

Edinburgh held on to beat Zebre 25-23 in a closely-fought Pro12 clash at Murrayfield on Friday.

Edinburgh survived a scare to beat Zebre 25-23 at Murrayfield on Friday and record ther second win over Italian opposition in as many weeks.

Edinburgh survived a scare to beat Zebre 25-23 at Murrayfield on Friday and record ther second win over Italian opoposition in as many weeks.

Despite only one win to their name so far in the Pro12, Zebre managed to stun Edinburgh in the first half after going into the interval with an unexpected five point lead.

Edinburgh had looked well set for a comfortable victory after establishing a 12-3 advantage inside the first half an hour thanks to tries from Greig Tonks and WP Nel, who both touched down in the win over Treviso in the previous round, and rookie fly-half Harry Leonard's conversion.

But Zebre hit back to score 14 unanswered points after tries from Tommaso Iannone and Leanardo Satro were both converted brilliantly by veteran fly-half Luciano Orquera, who had earlier kicked a penalty.

Following a Leonard penalty at the start of the second period, Edinburgh crossed for the third time after Cornell Du Preez finished off a period of sustained pressure with a try in the corner.

Leonard converted and kicked another penalty to put Edinburgh 25-17 in front.

Two further Orquera penalties ensured a nerve-jangling finish and the Murrayfield crowd of 3,156 were mightily relieved in the end to see a late drop goal attempt go wide.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Tonks, Nel, du Preez
Cons: Leonard 2
Pens: Leonard 2

For Zebre:
Tries: Iannone, Sarto
Cons: Orquera 2
Pens: Orquera 3

Edinburgh: 15 Greg Tonks, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Joaquin Dominguez, 12 Ben Atiga, 11 Jack Cuthbert, 10 Harry Leonard, 9 Sean Kennedy, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Roddy Grant (c), 6 Tomas Leonardi, 5 Izak van der Westuizen, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 WP Nel, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Wiccus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Al Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Sean Cox, 20 Ross Rennie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Sam Beard, 23 Lee Jones.

Zebre: 15 Dion Berryman, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Emiliano Caffini, 6 Filippo Cristiano, 5 Marco Bortolami (c), 4 Quentin Geldenhuys, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Davide Giazzoni, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Luciano Leibson, 17 Andrea de Marchi, 18 David Ryan, 19 Michael van Vuren, 20 Andrea Manici, 21 David Odiete, 23 Giulio Toniolatti.

Venue: Murrayfield
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: David Changleng (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)
Assessor: Jim Fleming (Scotland)