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Edinburgh got their European Rugby Challenge Cup off to a flying start by beating Grenoble 28-10 at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Friday evening.
The result ended a three match losing streak for Edinburgh who delivered a dominant forward display against the French.
Edinburgh who finished second last year outscored Grenoble by three tries to one with Cornell Du Preez scoring a brace and the third try was a penalty try.
Daniel Kilioni gave the French side hope with a second-half try, but Edinburgh’s forward might was too much to handle.
The heavens opened ahead of kickoff at BT Murrayfield providing some tricky conditions underfoot. But that did not stop last season’s runners-up from making the perfect start after five minutes thanks to du Preeze. The back-rower was in the right place to fall on the ball at the back of a rolling maul.
It took 28 minutes for the next points in a tight affair, but it was last season’s star-man Hidalgo-Clyne with a penalty. He added another moments later to give Alan Solomon’s side an 11-0 lead at half-time.
Grenoble scrum-half James Hart narrowed the gap at a rain soaked Murrayfield to give his side hope with half-an-hour remaining. But it was that man Hidalgo-Clyne who was on target again to restore his side’s 11-point lead with another penalty. The Scottish side finally put the game put of sight after 62 minutes when their dominance up-front came to the fore.
They secured a scrum five metres from the Grenoble line and put the squeeze on to secure a penalty try – with Hidalgo-Clyne knocking over the conversion. Kilioni got a late try back for Grenoble, but it was not enough for a late losing bonus-point.
And du Preeze finished the game as he started with a try before Greig Tonks converted for a 28-10 victory.
Final Score Edinburgh 28 (11) Grenoble 10 (0)
Tries – Du Preez 2, Penalty try
Pen – Hidalgo-Clyne 3
Con – Hidalgo-Clyne, Tonks
Tries – Kilioni
Pen – Hart
Con – Bosch
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales),
Assistant ref: Sean Brickell (Wales),
Assistant ref: Jon Hardy (Wales),
Citing Commissioner: John Byett (England)
Dougie Fife; Damien Hoyland, William Helu, Matt Scott, Tom Brown; Greig Tonks, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Alex Toolis, Mike Coman (c), John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez
Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Rory Sutherland, John Andress, Nasi Manu, Hamish Watson, Sean Kennedy, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Dean
Clement Gelin; Tino Nemani, Chris Farrell, Jackson Willison, Daniel Kilioni; Gilles Bosch, James Hart (c); Fabien Barcella, Loick Jammes, Kevin Goze, James Percival, Mathias Marie, Mahamadou Diaby, Fabien Alexandre, Dylan Hayes
Replacements: Arnaud Heguy, Sona Taumalolo, Walter Desmaison, Ben Hand, Steven Setephano, Christophe Loustalot, Xavier Mignot, Lucas Dupont.
With thanks to EPCRugby
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