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Leinster (13) 13 - 3 (6) Edinburgh
Donnybrook, Dublin
Att: 5,340
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRFU)
Friday 16th February 2007, 19:30

Following a three week hiatus, Magners League activities returned to Donnybrook. Leinster took on an Edinburgh team they had already played three times this season knowing that a win was a must to stay on top of the league.

Edinburgh drew first blood when Duncan Hodge stuck over a penalty, but Leinster responded with six points from the boot of Felipe Contepomi, captaining the team for the night. Leinster further extended their lead at the half way point of the first half when good work from Contepomi sent Jamie Heaslip over in the right hand corner, Contepomi converted the try and Leinster had an early 13-3 lead. Leinster looked to kick on from this position, but despite dominating the rest of the half were unable to add to their tally.

The second half began as the first had ended with Leinster in control and trying to press home their advantage. Some poor passing however meant that Leinster wasted a lot of golden opportunities to breach the Edinburgh defence. Leinster couldn't cross the try line again despite Edinburgh going down to 14 men on 48 minutes. Leinster were able to cope with anything Edinburgh threw at them, Kearney performing particularly well under the high ball.

The best opportunities for scores in the second half fell to Contepomi, but he was unable to convert two kickable penalties, and instead it was Hodge who bookended the match converting a late penalty.

In truth it was a poor match that Leinster dominated in terms of possession and territory. Edinburgh never looked likely to cross the whitewash and Heaslip's early try, his third in two games was enough on this occasion to glean 4 championship points.

Magners Man of the Match: Niall Ronan
leinsterfans.com Man of the Match: Rob Kearney

Match Stats
  Leinster Edinburgh
Tries Heaslip - 16  
Conversions Contepomi  
Penalties Contepomi (2) Hodge (2)
Teams R Kearney; G Brown, K Lewis, C Warner, M Berne; F Contepomi; C Whitaker; R McCormack, B Jackman, W Green; T Hogan, D Toner; S Keogh, N Ronan, J Heaslip. L Lopez Fleming; M Dey, B Cairns, D Hodge, S Webster; A Warnock, J Senio; A Dickinson, A Kelly, G Cross; M Mustchin, C Bentley; A Strokosch, R Rennie, A Hogg.
Replacements G Easterby for Whitaker (60), S Wright for McCormack (9), B Blaney for Jackman (62), O Finegan for Hogan (74). Lopez Fleming for Webster (33), Jacobsen for Dickinson (33), Young for G. Cross (40), Laidlaw for Lopez Fleming (64).
Sin-Bin   Hogg (48)

by Sarah Lennon, © 2007-02-20