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- Guinness PRO12
- 3rd Apr 2014
- KO 18:30
- Ground: Rodney Parade, Newport
- Att: 4,000
RaboDirect Pro12: Edinburgh hold off Dragons comeback
- Warriors down Ospreys
- Dragons dig out Zebre draw
- Blues shock Ulster
- Leinster hold off Munster
- Treviso see off Edinburgh
- Scarlets hold off Connacht
- Glasgow ease past Treviso
Full-back Jack Cuthbert kicked 13 points as Edinburgh secured a seventh RaboDirect PRO12 victory of the season courtesy of a 23-19 win at Newport Gwent Dragons.
The match was not the greatest despite three tries, one from Dragons replacement back Ross Wardle and the others from Edinburgh prop Williem Nel and centre Matt Scott.
Otherwise, it was a goal-kicking contest between home outside-half Jason Tovey - who landed four penalties and a conversion - and Cuthbert, whose contributions were three penalties and two conversions.
A sometimes turgid first half was livened up towards the break when Nel went over for the only try of the period.
Often during the opening half, the teams seemed content to play aerial ping-pong, hoping for the opposition to make a crucial mistake in wet conditions.
The Dragons, though, had the better of territory towards the half-hour as Tovey landed the first two of his penalties to give them a 6-0 lead.
Wing Hallam Amos, back in action from injury, came close to the opening score when he dashed from the Edinburgh 22 towards the line, only for Sam Hidalgo-Clyne to get a crucial touch on the home man and just cause him to spill the ball a metre from the line.
Cuthbert broke Edinburgh's duck with a long-range penalty on 33 minutes and the Scotsmen began to get their teeth stuck into the game.
When centre Andries Strauss raced to within a metre of the home line with a superb break down the middle, the pressure from the Edinburgh pack from the resultant phases saw Scott feed Nel to drive over under a pile of bodies.
Cuthbert landed the conversion but an infringement by Edinburgh on their own 22 with seconds of the half remaining gave Tovey a third penalty of the night and put the Dragons back to within a point.
A fourth penalty for the Dragons stand-off, this time from 30 metres as Nel turned villain by dropping a scrum, took them into a 12-10 lead.
But the persistence of Edinburgh skipper Mike Conran to play a tight possession game up front and for scrum-half Grayson Hart to kick from the base of the breakdowns brought its rewards.
Scott found two bulky forwards, one being 39-year-old ex-England prop Duncan Bell, in the way of a run to the posts and easily skirted past them from the home 22 to give Cuthbert the simplest of conversions.
But, after Cuthbert slotted his third penalty to give Edinburgh an 11-point cushion, the Dragons came to life.
A yellow card for lock Izak van der Westhuizen did not help the visitors' cause as Wardle drove over from a matter of metres from the resultant attacking line-out and pass from Wayne Evans.
Tovey landed the conversion and, with seconds left, the Dragons had three scrums on the Edinburgh line, a try from any of them would have won the game.
But Edinburgh's seven-man pack held out and they jumped for joy at the final whistle.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com