Edinburgh book home quarter-final

Date published: January 20 2017

Timisoara Saracens were no match for Edinburgh as the Scottish side booked their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 49-3 win on Friday.

The hosts in the end scored seven tries at Myreside, with hooker Neil Cochrane crossing the whitewash twice in a comprehensive victory.

Friday’s win means Edinburgh finish on top of Pool 5, six points clear of nearest side Harlequins, and guarantees a home quarter-final.

Cochrane, Cornell du Preez, Blair Kinghorn and Michael Allen all went over in the first half to give Edinburgh a deserved 28-0 lead by half-time.

Valentin Calafeteanu’s penalty for Timisoara Saracens put the Romanian side on the scoreboard, with what proved to be their only points of the match.

Cochrane’s second score along with efforts from Jason Tovey, who added two conversions as well coming off the bench, and Damien Hoyland put the seal on Edinburgh’s fifth win of the pool stages.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Cochrane 2, Du Preez, Kinghorn, Allen, Tovey, Hoyland
Cons: Weir 5, Tovey 2
Yellow Card: Hidalgo-Clyne

For Timisoara Saracens:
Pen: Calafeteanu
Yellow Card: Drenceanu

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Jack Cosgrove, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Jason Tovey, 23 Rory Scholes

Timisoara Saracens: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Brian Sefanaia, 12 Jack Umaga, 11 Stephen Shennan, 10 Jody Rose, 9 Valentin Calafeteanu, 8 Vasile Rus, 7 Dorin Lazar, 6 Daniel Gabriel Ianus, 5 Marian Drenceanu, 4 Valentin Popirlan, 3 Horatiu Pungea, 2 Andrei Radoi, 1 Edmund Aholelei
Replacements: 16 Eugen Capatana, 17 Sione Halalilo, 18 Samuel Maris, 19 Ionut Muresan, 20 Marian Gorcioaia, 21 Florin Popa, 22 Gabriel Conache, 23 Tevita Manumua

Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Wayne Davies (Wales), Kelvin Shorte (Wales)