Tuesday 15 October 2019

Scots warm up for European tilt with strong Leinster show

Sean Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Edinburgh and Munster will go head-to-head tomorrow (12.45pm) at Murrayfield, with the home side lifted hugely by their bonus-point win over last year's champions Leinster.

Richard Cockerill's side were very impressive winners at Murrayfield, and despite a bright start, Leo Cullen's Leinster fell away dramatically in the face of Edinburgh's show of strength.

A try from Seán Cronin and two Ciarán Frawley penalties had Leinster up and running, but their challenge fell away before half-time as a try from WP Nel and a penalty try earned at scrum time put Edinburgh ahead. Leinster didn't score again after the 35th minute.

The impressive Ross Ford and Bill Mata both crossed for tries in the second period as Edinburgh got back to winning ways after a tough spell while they were shorn of their leaders during the Six Nations when they lost three of their four games.

Munster will have noted the amount of penalties that Edinburgh forced Leinster to concede - 14 - with interest and with a kicker of the talents of Jaco van der Walt on hand, discipline will be a key focus for Johann van Graan's side tomorrow.

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