Edinburgh edge out London Irish at the Madejski

Edinburgh held off London Irish by one point for a 19-20 Pool 2 Heineken Cup victory at the Madejski Stadium in Reading on Saturday.

Edinburgh produced a stunning second-half display to claim an opening away
victory against London Irish in Reading this afternoon.

The visitors found themselves 19 v 10 down just after the break but fought
their way back to take the victory.

The Exiles raced into an early 6 v 0 lead thanks to two penalties from full-back
Tom Homer but it was the visitors that grabbed the first try through wing Lee

Harry Lenoard who missed an early penalty for the Scots, added the conversion
to give his side the lead. Homer kicked over his third penalty then converted
Ross Samson try after 29 minutes.

Edinburgh had the last say of the first period, Leonard kicking another three
points to narrow the deficit to 16 v 10.

Homer added another penalty after 46 minutes but it was Edinburgh who crucially
got the next score, Stuart McInally touching down for his side’s second try.

Greig Laidlaw converted and then kicked the winning points on 68 minutes. Irish
threw everything at their visitors in the closing stages but a drop-goal and
penalty attempt from Bowden and Homer respectively couldn’t snatch the lead

Final Score London Irish 19 (16) Edinburgh 20 (10)


London Irish
Tries: Samson
Penalties: Homer 4
Conversions: Homer

Tries: Jones, McInally
Penalties: Leonard, Laidlaw
Conversions: Leonard, Laidlaw

Referee: Romain Poite (France)


London Irish: T Homer; T Ojo, S Shingler, S Hape, A Thompstone; D Bowden [capt], R Samson; A Corbisiero, J Buckland, P Ion, N Kennedy, M Garvey, B Evans, J Gibson, J Sinclair

Replacements: B Blaney, M Lahiff, F Rautenbach, J Sandford, R Thorpe, J Ansbro, A Jarvis, P Hodgson

Edinburgh Rugby: J Thompson; L Jones, N De Luca, M Scott, T Visser; H Leonard, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford [capt], G Cross, E Lozada, G Gilchrist, D Denton, R Rennie, S McInally

Replacements: S Lawrie, K Traynor, L Niven, S Cox, R Grant, G Laidlaw, J King, T Brown

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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