Planet Rugby

Laidlaw stars for Edinburgh

03rd May 2013 22:00

Share:

SKY_MOBILE Greig Laidlaw

21 points: Greig Laidlaw

Greig Laidlaw racked up 21 points for Edinburgh as the Scots finished their PRO12 campaign with a 31-24 victory over the Dragons at Murrayfield.

There was nothing but pride to play for at Murrayfield as both sides went into the match having won just six games all season and with no hope of climbing out of the bottom three places in the table.

Nevertheless, there was no lack of tries, incidence or fighting spirit on display as neither team was prepared to take a backwards step in an entertaining end-of-season contest.

The visitors got off to a flying start as Toby Faletau picked the ball up from the back of a scrum and attracted the attention of the defence before offloading to Steffan Jones to cross underneath the posts.

Edinburgh soon got a foothold in the match though and three tries in a little over 10 minutes midway through the first half put them firmly in control. Greig Tonks gathered in Harry Leonard's cross-field kick and touched down before Greig Laidlaw sidestepped his way over the line from short range and Netani Talei showed good footwork and strength to score against the club he is joining next season.

The big number eight's effort was the final try of the first half but it was far from the last action as Sean Cox and Andrew Coombs were sent to the sin bin for a scuffle off the ball and Ross Wardle was also given a yellow card just minutes later for a tip tackle to leave the Dragons down to 13 men.

And, after all that excitement, Laidlaw calmly slotted over two penalties to just one from Tom Prydie to give his side a 25-10 lead at the break.

Another six points from the boot of Laidlaw early in the second half looked to have put the game well and truly beyond the Dragons but the Welshmen sprang into life after the hour mark.

First Dan Lydiate sprinted through a gap to score on his final appearance for the club and moments later Prydie intercepted a Nick de Luca pass and streaked away to touch down.

Those two tries set up an exciting last quarter of an hour but Edinburgh held on to claim victory and ensure that they ended a disappointing season on a positive note and in tenth position in the table.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Tonks, Laidlaw, Talei
Con: Laidlaw 2
Pen: Laidlaw 4

For Dragons:
Tries: S Jones, Lydiate, Prydie
Con: Prydie 3
Pen: Prydie

Edinburgh: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Nick de Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Harry Leonard, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Netani Talei, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Sean Cox, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16 Steve Lawrie, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Perry Parker, 20 Richie McIver, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Tom Brown.

Dragons: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Ross Wardle, 12 Lewis Robling, 11 Tondi Chavhanga, 10 Steffan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Robert Sidoli, 4 Andrew Coombs (c), 3 Nathan Buck, 2 Hugh Gustafson, 1 Aaron Coundley.
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Tim Ryan, 19 Adam Jones, 20 Ieuan Jones, 21 Wayne Evans, 22 Patrick Leach, 23 Hallam Amos.

Referee: Marius Mitrea
Assistant Referees: Andy Macpherson, David Changleng
TMO: Paul Minto

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 5
Northampton vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 6
Saracens vs Wasps14:00
Sale vs Bath14:00
Leicester vs Newcastle15:00
London Irish vs Harlequins16:30
Sunday , September 7
London Welsh vs Exeter14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 6
New Zealand vs Argentina08:35
Australia vs South Africa11:05
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 5
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Munster vs Edinburgh19:35
Saturday , September 6
Scarlets vs Ulster14:40
Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons17:00
Glasgow vs Leinster17:15
Sunday , September 7
Zebre vs Cardiff Blues17:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
Saturday , September 6
Brive vs Toulouse14:45
Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris17:00
Lyon vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs La Rochelle18:30
Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
Saturday , September 6
Cheetahs vs Pumas15:00
Sharks vs Griquas17:05
Blue Bulls vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki 41 - 3 Bay Of PlentyTaranaki vs Bay Of Plenty Report
Auckland 16 - 16 TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle 37 - 25 ToulouseLa Rochelle vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais
Castres 30 - 6 BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Report
Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 ToulonRacing Metro Paris vs Toulon Report
Lyon 24 - 6 Brive
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 25 - 36 CheetahsGriquas vs Cheetahs Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 41 LionsEastern Province Kings vs Lions Report
Blue Bulls 18 - 23 Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
Southland 22 - 33 Otago
North Harbour 16 - 22 WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 32 - 22 SharksPumas vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00