Edinburgh snatch Racing Metro victory in Paris

Edinburgh snatched a 24-27 victory from Racing Metro in Pool 2 of the Heineken
Cup at the Yves du Manoir Stadium in Colombes, northwest of Paris on Friday

Phil Godman kicked a drop goal in the last act of the game to snatch the victory and keep Edinburgh alive in the Heineken Cup.

The win gave Edinburgh a four-point lead over Cardiff who face London Irish
on Saturday.

“The drop goal was hopeful but I’m happy for Phil who has just returned
after six months out,” said Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley.

The visitors had led for the majority of the game only to be pegged back after
each time of taking the advantage.And just as the game looked destined for a
draw, three tries apiece, Godman struck to clinch only their second victory
on French soil.

Both sides battled for early dominance but neither could find their early rhythm
and Juan Martin Hernandez and Greg Laidlaw’s early missed shots at goal kept
the game scoreless.

Chabal’s powerful early breaks provided some spark but the game really kicked
into gear when Ross Rennie crossed for the opening score.

Quick ball from the base Mike Blair initiated things and Rennie was then fed
in midfield and he didn’t need a second invitation to barge through the weak
defence to run in under the posts for a converted score.

Tackling in the midfield was again questionable for Racing’s opening try.Edinburgh
had repelled their hosts repeated efforts well until Fabrice Estebanez created
a hole in midfield and offloaded to Francois Steyn who dived over.

Hernandez had no problems with his second shot at goal, leveling the scores
with the conversion. After the clear determination to respond immediately Racing
seemed to take their foot off the gas and with Edinburgh in confident mood there
was only ever one who were going to score next.

A quick attack down the blindside set up field position and then Edinburgh
bided their time before Netani Talei broke through and the stretched over the
line to grab a second try for Scots.Captain Laidlaw added the conversion to
give his side a healthy advantage at the break.

With Cardiff Blues not playing until Saturday this was an ideal opportunity
for Edinburgh to lay down a marker after the break but their lead lasted just
two second half minutes.Juan Imhoff made a mockery of the covering defence,
firstly out sprinting them down the blindside before rounding Chris Paterson
with ease to level the score.

Rather than consolidate after scoring, Racing immediately started looking for
their next score and switched off in defence.

This allowed David Denton to sprint clear, galloping to the line for the game’s
fifth try. The flanker’s touchdown completed a try apiece for the visiting back-row
but Racing wanted the next score and they got it again with resistance.

Whilst both sides offered flair to entertain on a cold Parisian night, defence
wasn’t a priority.And bringing the memories flooding back from Murrayfield,
the game was soon rewarded with its sixth try as Antoine Battut touchdown after
an attack that always looked destined to end with try.

Hernandez again leveled things, this time from the touchline before making
way for Jonathan Wisniewski. Wisniewski missed the chance to edge his side in
front just minutes after coming on with a long range kick drifting wide, but
the fly-half had no problem with his second effort sailing over.

Laidlaw responded with three points of his own two minutes later and then Godman
struck just before the final whistle dropping Edinburgh to victory.

Final Score Racing Metro 24 (7) Edinburgh 27 (14)


Racing Metro 92
Tries: Steyn, Imhoff, Battut
Penalties: Wisniewski

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