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Away win takes Gunners into second

jmcconnell 1 Nov 2005

The Gunners had much of the first half territiory – but trailed at the break 13-10 thanks to acharge down try from Leinster captain Keith Gleeson. 

The Gunners went in front after 12 minutes when Peter Jorgensen flew in at the
left hand corner. Phil Godman, whose long skip pass carved out the opening, brilliantly drilled the to make it 7-0 before Brian O’Meara reduced the deficit two only a point after half an hour with two penalties for the home side.

Godman then punished Gleeson for a scrum infringement for a 10-6 lead but the
Ireland flanker gained full revenge in first half injury time when he blocked a
Godman clearance kick to gather and score Leinster’s only try. O’Meara’s conversion handed Michael Cheika’s side a three-point buffer for the second half but their 13-10 lead was blown apart within 16 minutes of the second half.

First, lock Fergus Pringle loped over, beating two would-be tacklers, for a soft Edinburgh try after 52 minutes and Godman converted for 17-13.

Four minutes later left wing Webster scooted over past the weak challenge of Robert Kearney for his third try of the league campaign and a 22-13 lead.

Leinster’s chances of a revival were killed off as linchpin lock Ben Gissing was sin-binned for a punch on the hour and both O’Meara and his replacement Eoghan Hickey drifted a penalty kick apiece wide. Godman also screwed a 70th-minute kick wide but Edinburgh were put out of sight when replacement flanker Strokosch bagged the bonus point try in injury-time.

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