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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Leinster and Edinburgh produce a classic at the RDS

Leinster and Edinburgh produce a classic at the RDS

Leinster hosted Edinburgh at the RDS this past weekend in what was a crucial match for the visitors as they aimed to squeeze into the Magners League semi finals. If you still dont know the result, avoid the spoiler now by heading straight to the video.

Edinburgh, who needed a bonus point win to stand a chance of progressing to the final four, made a brave attempt to spoil the party as they took an early lead after two well taken first half tries, through fullback Jim Thompson and wing Mark Robertson.

Prop Cian Healey scored for the hosts though, as they came back into it through that try and some great kicking from flyhalf on the day, Isa Nacewa. He kicked seven out of seven shots at goal, as well as set up a try for Shane Horgan.

Jamie Heaslip was carded, as were two Edinburgh players, leaving them to play a period later in the game with only 13 men on the field. Leinster took advantage of that deficit as they scored through Stephen Keogh.

With time almost up and Edinburgh one point behind, flyhalf Phil Godman had his kick superbly charged down which led to a hack ahead by lock Nathan Hines, and a pick up and dive over from Rob Kearney.

The late surge meant the result in this one went to Leinster with a 37-28 final score. They then secured top spot on the table, securing home advantage for the semi finals in which they will meet Irish rivals Munster.

It was an exciting game for the neutral, with some nice tries scored an an exciting finish. Its well worth checking out. Incidentally, if anyone fancies giving their opinion about the length of highlights such as these, please do. Do you have time to sit for seven minutes plus, or would you prefer just the tries and fewer replays?

Time: 07:43

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