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Preview: Barclay and Toolis reinforce Edinburgh bounceback bid

Avatar Joe Leavey 7 Nov 2019

Edinburgh return to home soil eager to bounce back from their defeat at Benetton in Round 5 but will face a Dragons team equally determined to avenge their heavy defeat at Leinster last weekend.

Richard Cockerill’s side were the victims of an unexpected ambush in Treviso as they succumbed to a narrow 18-16 loss, while Dragons suffered a 50-15 defeat at the fortress-resembling RDS Arena.

And Cockerill has welcomed back several Scotland internationals returning from World Cup duty, bringing in John Barclay and Ben Toolis to a team who have ran in seven tries in each of their first two Guinness PRO14 home games this season.

Dragons, therefore, will be preparing for a busy evening of defending, as Dean Ryan makes one change in the midfield by bringing in Jack Dixon to partner Adam Warren – who is set to make his 100th appearance for the club.

Kick-off: BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh | 19:35 UK, Friday 8 November

How to watch: Live on eir Sport 2, Premier Sports 1, SuperSport 1, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), Adam Warren (Dragons)

The dazzling Duhan van der Merwe has been in scintillating form in the competition this season, hitting a ruthless hat-trick in the demolition of Scarlets and boasting some of the most impressive statistics in the Guinness PRO14 so far.

The South African winger has beaten 22 defenders, made 11 clean breaks and made a valuable 286 metres for his team, all of which firmly place him in the competition’s top ten and a record that doesn’t bode well for a Dragons team who leaked 50 points last weekend.

But in Adam Warren Ryan can call upon an attacking asset of his own, a player who will be eager to make an impression as he brings up a century of appearances for Dragons.

The centre was one of the few players who stood out for the Welsh side at the RDS last weekend, gaining 74 metres and likely to provide his team with a crucial offensive outlet as they head to BT Murrayfield tomorrow night.

Key stat: Dragons have won just a solitary Guinness PRO14 match away from home in the last six seasons, failing to win in Scotland since November 2013.

Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn, Eroni Sau, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe, Simon Hickey, Henry Pyrgos (c), Pierre Schoeman, Mike Willemse, Pietro Ceccarelli, Lewis Carmichael, Ben Toolis, John Barclay, Luke Crosbie, Magnus Bradbury

Replacements: Cameron Fenton, Rory Sutherland, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Charlie Shiel, Jaco van der Walt, George Taylor

Dragons: Jordan Williams, Owen Jenkins, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Ashton Hewitt, Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (c), Brok Harris, Richard Hibbard, Leon Brown, Joe Davies, Matthew Screech, Huw Taylor, Taine Basham, Harrison Keddie

Replacements: Ellis Shipp, Josh Reynolds, Lloyd Fairbrother, Max Williams, James Benjamin, Luke Baldwin, Arwel Robson, Tyler Morgan


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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Report: Edinburgh bounce back with hard-fought win over Dragons

Avatar Joe Leavey 8 Nov 2019

Edinburgh Rugby ensured they got back to winning ways after edging past Dragons in a cagey Guinness PRO14 affair at BT Murrayfield.

It was a close-fought encounter in the Scottish capital, with neither side enjoying a wealth of clear-cut opportunities and the visitors defending defiantly throughout.

But tries from Blair Kinghorn and Duhan van der Merwe either side of half-time proved decisive, heaping misery on a Dragons side who were unable to seal their third Guinness PRO14 victory of the season.

And despite Dragons’ Adam Warren marking his 100th appearance for the club with a try, the hosts were too strong and were able to secure their fourth win of the campaign and consolidate their promising position in Conference B.

Key moments

Dragons came out of the blocks quickly, enjoying considerable territory and frustrating the hosts who conceded two early penalties.

But it was Edinburgh who struck first, as Richard Cockerill’s side made perfect use of an advantage to release the dangerous Kinghorn who bisected the Dragons defence to dot down on 15 minutes.

Dean Ryan’s team rallied, however, with flanker Taine Basham breaking free from a ruck well inside his own half to penetrate the Edinburgh defence before being stopped by several defenders.

And it was a case of profligacy in possession costing Dragons throughout the opening period, failing to make use of territory in an area of the game Ryan said before would prove crucial to the outcome.

The hosts extended their lead on the brink of half-time after an extended advantage culminated in a penalty that fly-half Simon Hickey notched over with ease.

It was to be another frantic start to the second-half, and on 47 minute Cockerill’s side were reduced to 14 after returning Scotland international Ben Toolis was sent to the bin for impeding the kick and chase of Dragons full-back Jordan Williams.

And despite a Huw Taylor yellow card for the visitors and Hickey kicking them further into the lead, Dragons hit back through the enterprising Warren, who celebrated his centenary for the club by going over to reduce the deficit.

But their resistance didn’t last long. Edinburgh hit back almost immediately, spraying the ball wide in a fluid passing move to set up the clinical van der Merwe for an easy score in the corner, his fourth Guinness PRO14 try of the season.

The hosts used the momentum of that decisive score – converted once again by the metronomic Hickey – to dominate the final exchanges, going close through No.8 Magnus Bradbury but failing to extend their advantage.

But despite not going away with the full five points, it was a professional performance from Edinburgh that got their Guinness PRO14 season well back on track.

Play of the day

In a game short of penetration, it was van der Merwe’s second half score that capped off the most eye-catching move of the evening.

Edinburgh’s backs moved the ball crisply through the hands from right to left, unleashing the ever-present threat of the South African for him to dot down in the far corner.

Man of the match

Inside centre Matt Scott was superb for the hosts and provided them with a continual attacking outlet.

The big No. 12 proved a constant nuisance for Dragons, running incisive lines and dominating the midfield to help his side bounce back from last week’s disappointment against Benetton.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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