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- Guinness PRO12
- 1st Dec 2012
- KO 17:00
- Ground: Galway Sportsground
- Att: 3,800
RaboDirect PRO12: Connacht beaten by Edinburgh in a thriller
Edinburgh squeezed past Connacht 24-23 in Galway to claim just their second away victory since January.
Tim Visser, Matt Scott and Stuart McInally all crossed for the Scottish side, with Willie Faloon and Danie Poolman touching down for the hosts.
Greig Laidlaw provided the assists for the Scott and McInally tries, in addition to his kicking haul of three conversions and a penalty.
Former Scotland outside-half Dan Parks, who finished with 13 points, had a late chance to win it for Connacht but his drop goal effort shaved the right hand post.
One of Edinburgh's five returning internationals, Visser, swept through for a typically opportunist try inside the opening five minutes and Laidlaw followed up with an accurate conversion for an early 7-0 buffer.
The scores came thick and fast in the opening quarter, Connacht hitting back after a Parks cross-field kick was taken into touch by the covering Tom Brown.
From the resulting lineout, the hosts worked a well-executed drive and flanker Faloon plunged over with Parks' conversion levelling the sides.
Some of that good work was undone though when Connacht infringed straight from the restart, allowing Laidlaw to kick the Scots back ahead.
Parks made it 10-all with a 17th minute penalty before Edinburgh swooped for their second try closing in on the interval, industrious number 8 McInally securing clean lineout ball and Scott scoring off Laidlaw's well-weighted chip through.
Laidlaw's conversion was cancelled out by a late penalty from Parks, who rewarded Brett Wilkinson for winning a scrum decision.
Parks lifted the westerners with a 58th minute penalty, but Edinburgh's persistence paid off when Laidlaw's inside pass put McInally over for a deserved score.
The conversion followed although Connacht had Edinburgh sweating in the final minutes. A slick back-line move, with Henshaw cutting a very good line, ended with Poolman scoring out wide. Parks swung over the conversion but could not win it at the death.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 28th September|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Munster 14 - 19 Ospreys|
|Zebre 13 - 6 Ulster|
|Friday 26th September|
|Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Glasgow 39 - 21 Connacht|
|Edinburgh 20 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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