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Monday, November 21, 2011

Edinburgh beat Racing Metro in eleven try thriller at Murrayfield

The game everyone has been talking about from the weekend was the Edinburgh vs Racing Metro thriller at Murrayfield, where the home team made a massive comeback to win 48-47. The match wasn't televised, but we've found some highlights for you.

One of the downsides of so many matches on one weekend is that the host broadcaster in the UK, Sky Sports, is not able to cover everything. What they usually do is send along one camera, just for the purposes of highlights shows. In this case, we missed out on a classic.

Flying Dutchman Tim Visser, who qualifies to be selected for Scotland come June 12th next year, scored two tries on a crazy night of rugby. His first came within 35 seconds of kick off, and his last, on 76 minutes, proved to be decisive. It followed a sensational comeback from Edinburgh who were down by twenty points late in the second half. 

Captain Greig Laidlaw converted Visser's late try, winning the game for the home side in a match that included an incredible 11 tries. Visiting flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez had an opportunity to snatch it with a drop goal though, but he struck it badly.

"It was simply an incredible game - I have to keep convincing myself it was for real and not just a daft dream. Everyone was shellshocked in the changing room," said Laidlaw.

"What a treat to be involved in a game like that. You might say a draw would've been a fair result, maybe 50 each. We'll take 48-47," said head coach Michael Bradley.

"People talk about Scottish rugby and talk about the pro clubs needing to perform - you won't get a better game this year than that game of rugby you just saw today. Racing were stunning in attack. It was just so hard to defend them," he added.

Just 5067 fans were on hand to witness the game, and those who did will be talking about it for years to come. Hopefully the result will bring in more fans for their next home game.

These highlights are from Racing Metro themselves and because the game wasn't televised, there is no commentary and only the one camera angle. It's certainly better than nothing though. If we manage to organise anything else, we'll replace this video with something of better quality. Enjoy.

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