Edinburgh edge out Racing Metro in 11 try thriller

Edinburgh edged out Racing Metro 92 with a 48-47 Heineken Cup Pool 1 victory at Murrayfield in which 11 tries were scored on Friday night.

Edinburgh looked destined for a loss but fought back from being down 20-44 down to beat the Parisians and secure their second victory.

Michael Bradley’s Edinburgh side made it two wins from two in the Heineken
Cup, collecting a try scoring bonus point in a classic European encounter.

Edinburgh raced into an early lead only to be dragged back and then passed
by a clinical Racing Metro outfit.

But a stunning second half fight-back from the hosts clinched the game which
entertained the supporters with 10 tries.

Edinburgh’s try scoring machine Tim Visser set the pace with a try for the
hosts in the first minute, which Greig Laidlaw converted.

Jon Wisniewski and Laidlaw then exchanged penalties before the Edinburgh scrum-half
touched down for a try of his own.

It was end to end rugby and Julien Saubade scored the game’s third and his
side’s second try after 12 minutes, with Argentina star Juan Martin Hernandez
adding the extras with the boot. Juan Imhoff was next to score for the visitors
with Wisniewski on form with the conversion once again.

Wisniewski then scored a try of his own as the visitors took the lead for the
first time in the game.

The French side then wrapped up the try-scoring bonus point before the break
with a Heny Chavancy score.

Edinburgh had the last say of the half though with Laidlaw kicking a further
three points just before interval.

The French side dominated the opening ten minutes of the second period, Wisniewski
kicking his second penalty with the half just a minute old.

Centre Chavancy then grabbed his second try with Wisniewski converting and
then kicking another penalty to give them a comfortable 44 v 20 cushion.

Edinburgh refused to lie down though and Netani Talei rounded off a powerful
move for the home side to score.

Wisniewski kicked a penalty but the game was soon straight back at the other
end with Tom Brown diving over in the corner for yet another score.

Racing Metro lost Juan Pablo Orlandi to the sin-bin and Edinburgh took full
advantage again with Roddy Grant helping himself to a try to bring the scores
20 41 v 47. The remarkable come-back was sealed with three minutes to go.

Visser grabbed his second try and Laidlaw converted for a historic win.

Final Score Edinburgh 48 (20) Racing Metro 92 47 (31)


Tries: Visser 2, Laidlaw, Talei, Brown, Grant
Penalties: King, Laidlaw
Conversions: Laidlaw 6

Racing Metro 92
Tries: Saubade, Imhoff, Wisniewski, Chavancy 2
Penalties: Wisniewski 4
Conversions: Wisniewski 5

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)


Edinburgh Rugby: J Thompson, L Jones, N De Luca, M Scott, T Visser, H Leonard, G Laidlaw [capt], A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross, E Lozada, G Gilchrist, N Talei, R Grant, S McInally

Replacements: S Lawrie, K Traynor, L Niven, S Turnbull, R Rennie, M Blair, J King, T Brown

Racing Metro 92: J Wisniewski, J Saubade, H Chavancy, G Bousses, J Imhoff, J Hernandez, M Loree, M Tuugahala, B Noirot, J Coetzee, K Ghezal, L Nallet [capt], J Leo’o, B Le Roux, S Chabal

Replacements: T Bianchin, E Ben Arous, J Orlandi, J Nailiko, S Descons, V Vakatawa, A Batut, R Vaquiin

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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