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Leinster's Isa Nacewa is tackled by Neil Cochrane

Leinster's Isa Nacewa is tackled by Neil Cochrane

Bryan Byrne is tackled by Fraser McKenzie, left, and John Andress, Edinburgh

Bryan Byrne is tackled by Fraser McKenzie, left, and John Andress, Edinburgh

A disappointed Royce Burke-Flynn

A disappointed Royce Burke-Flynn

Leinster players following their side's defeat in Edinburgh

Leinster players following their side's defeat in Edinburgh

Ross Molony, Leinster, takes possession in a lineout

Ross Molony, Leinster, takes possession in a lineout

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Leinster's Isa Nacewa is tackled by Neil Cochrane

Leo Cullen came away from the first real test of his tenure with nothing more than a losing bonus point as Leinster lost out to Edinburgh 16-9 on the opening night of the PRO12 League at Meggetland.

The Irish eased in front from an Isa Nacewa penalty in the 17th minute for a high tackle on out-half Cathal Marsh, as both clubs struggled for any sort of rhythm.

The equaliser came from the boot of scrum-half Nathan Fowles when Dan Leavy infringed in the 25th minute.

It stayed that way to the break as neither club could establish any real dominance in a match that had the feel of players searching for form and fitness.

Leavy made up for his indiscretion by shaking the ball free from flanker Roddy Grant to prevent a certain try. However, Edinburgh lock Cornell du Preez's offload allowed wing Damien Hoyland to find a metre of space to squeeze in at the left corner for 8-3 in the 55th minute.

Leinster responded quickly, their sound driving play creating the pressure to force a penalty, which Nacewa struck, to leave two in it in the 58th minute.

Nerve

The damage was repaired when full-back Jack Cuthbert found the posts before Nacewa held his nerve to make it 11-9 in the 73rd minute.

Dominic Ryan was binned late on as Edinburgh finished on the attack - and in control.

They had the composure to hold onto the ball close-in before releasing it wide for Hoyland to wrap it up with his second try.


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