THROWBACK THURSDAY: Edinburgh looking for more Leinster success

Paul Eddison
10 October 2019

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There is more than just one meeting of unbeaten sides taking place in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend.

While there will be lots of eyes on the clash between conference leaders Toyota Cheetahs and Munster, their nearest rivals in the tables, Leinster and Edinburgh, are also set to face off.

Leinster have picked up a perfect ten points from ten, while Edinburgh are also 100 percent with nine points from their two games.

And when the sides meet at the RDS, we should be in for another entertaining game.

These two have played out some absorbing fixtures in recent seasons, and it was in one of those that Richard Cockerill’s revolution really took flight.

Under Cockerill, Edinburgh were the surprise package in the 2016/17 campaign, and they underlined their status as potential play-off contenders in early February.

While both teams were shorn of a number of internationals due to the Six Nations, it was still a high-class affair, decided by a late Mark Bennett try.

Max Deegan had got the ball rolling for Leinster from close range with a try on four minutes, but Edinburgh hit back when Luke Crosbie scooped up a loose ball and showed a remarkable turn of pace to race home from his own half.

Nathan Fowles was similarly opportunistic down the right a few minutes later but Leinster hit straight back with tries from Scott Fardy and Barry Daly.

Edinburgh finished the half strongly though, scoring their third try through Murray McCallum to trail 19-17 at half-time.

They then hit the front on the hour-mark as Duhan van der Merwe powered his way over on the left from a clever kick over the top to secure the bonus point.

Leinster hit straight back though, Daly completing his double in the left-hand corner as he went over for Leinster’s fourth try.

Cockerill teams do not lie down though and Bennett finished off a stunning play to snatch victory. Jaco van der Walt’s chip caused panic in the Leinster defence and it was Glenn Bryce who leaped highest, showing the presence of mind to tap the ball back rather than catching himself. It fell perfectly into the hands of Bennett who strolled over untouched.

If we are treated to a game even half as dramatic at the RDS on Friday night, there should be some very happy fans.

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