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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 27th February|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 28th February|
|19:15||Munster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|17:00||Zebre vs Dragons|
|17:15||Connacht vs Treviso|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Zebre 7 - 31 Munster|
|Cardiff Blues 13 - 22 Leinster|
|Friday 9th January|
|Connacht 13 - 16 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow 22 - 7 Scarlets|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com