Edinburgh 49 Timisoara Saracens three: Convincing Myreside victory secures residence quarter-final in Problem Cup
As Edinburgh registered essentially the most snug of bonus level wins and eased to the anticipated residence Problem Cup quarter-final, we additionally realized that the capital actually is a rugby metropolis in any case.
In the event you supply the natives the prospect of a significant however entertaining romp on a correct old-school floor – in each sense of the time period – reasonably than asking them to rattle round a cavernous mausoleum, then they’ll end up in droves.
Within the leafy confines of Morningside, a sell-out crowd of 5,235 – the membership’s greatest crowd of the 12 months outdoors the 1872 Cup bunfight – watched Edinburgh dismantle their hapless Romanian guests on opening night time at their new Myreside residence.
It was, in so some ways, similar to the outdated days. However then that’s clearly what folks in these elements like. The rugby was fairly retro at occasions too, particularly when the guests had the ball. Wanting like a co-operative of burly scrap metallic sellers, they had the instincts of the Romanian sides of outdated and spent most of their time on the lookout for a wall to run into.
In the event that they obtained little or no change from an Edinburgh aspect which appeared to revel within the tackling observe, the knock-off Saracens did at the very least get some pleasure within the scrum the place they shunted Allan Dell and Simon Berghan backwards on the first scrum, and continued to take action after Dell was changed by Jack Cosgrove. Neither prop will benefit from the video evaluation of this recreation.
That, although, was nearly the one vital contribution of the guests, who at no level within the first half trespassed in Edinburgh’s 22. On common, Timisoara have conceded seven tries per recreation on this competitors to this point but in the course of the opening 10 minutes it regarded as in the event that they is perhaps barely extra parsimonious of their ultimate recreation. However when the dam broke after 12 minutes the tries continued to pour via.
On his 50th look for Edinburgh, skipper Neil Cochrane was first off the mark, being pushed over earlier than rising from beneath half-a-dozen our bodies.
No eight Cornell du Preez was subsequent on the scoreboard, ending off a transfer began by a pleasant Magnus Bradbury break. An interception from full-back Blair Kinghorn made it 21-Zero, and a minute earlier than half time Michael Allen went over for the fourth bonus-point attempt.
There was extra of the identical after the break, albeit at a slower tempo, as a regular stream of replacements have been ushered on. Cochrane scored a second 12 minutes after the break, adopted by a sensible end from alternative stand-off Jason Tovey. The choose of the tries, although, got here when Damien Hoyland ran a line near a ruck and was discovered by Sam Hidalgo-Clyne’s great no-look cross shortly after the scrum-half had returned from his yellow card.
It was, agreed Edinburgh appearing head coach Duncan Hodge, a superb day on the new workplace. “That was a case of job finished,” mentioned Hodge. “It was a bit disjointed, particularly within the second half, however it was good to get 4 tries earlier than half-time. We performed effectively at occasions however gave the ball away in assault at occasions which was irritating, however it was a bonus-point win and we’re prime of the pool.
“I’ve simply spoken to a few of the gamers they usually thought taking part in right here was glorious – even within the warm-up they might really feel the group proper on prime of us. Having performed right here, they’re actually optimistic in regards to the transfer.”