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- Guinness PRO12
- 1st Nov 2013
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 3,156
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Edinburgh held on to beat struggling Zebre 25-23 in a closely-fought PRO12 clash at Murrayfield on Friday.
The hosts seemed to have control of the game when they established a first half lead thanks to tries by Greig Tonks and Willam Nel - but Zebre hit back to lead at the break.
However a third try, from Cornell Du Preez, plus two conversions and two penalties by Harry Leonard gave the Scottish side - playing for the second week at home and against Italian opposition - a 25-23 success.
The visitors contributed much to the game and scored two first half tries from Tomasso Iannone and Leonardo Sarto, with stand-off Luciano Orquera converting both and kicking three penalties.
Following criticism by coach Alan Solomons for their 'frenetic' play, Edinburgh made a low-key start - not helped by stand-off Leonard failing with a relatively easy penalty in just the eighth minute.
Zebre made more of the running, well marshalled by scrum-half Brendon Leonard. They drew level in the 16th minute thanks to a penalty from Orquera, after Edinburgh were penalised at a ruck.
Edinburgh immediately responded with a purple patch that produced two tries and seemed to have put them in control.
Firstly, open play saw Dougie Fife off his wing to penetrate centre field and throw a long pass for full-back Tonks to score in the left corner.
Pick and go
Then, a period of pick and go ended with prop Nel forcing his way over for the second successive week - Harry Leonard converted to put his side 12-3 ahead after 29 minutes.
However Zebre took up the challenge, scoring two tries of their own - both helped by Edinburgh errors - to go in at the break leading 17-12.
Firstly Sarto broke the tackle of Edinburgh centre Ben Atiga and put in Iannone. Then, after Edinburgh wing Jack Cuthbert dropped a high ball under no pressure, Zebre built pressure into stoppage time and right-winger Sarto scored for Orquera to kick his second conversion.
Early in the second half Edinburgh's Leonard pulled back three points with a simple penalty before collective effort kept out Zebre's responding attack.
Edinburgh then produced pressure of their own, driving a line-out with number eight Du Preez ultimately scoring and Leonard converting from touch.
Early in the third quarter each side was rewarded with a penalty - from Harry Leonard and then Orquera - for a spell of pressure.
Ortega kicked his third penalty in 74 minutes to make for an exciting few minutes, with an Ortega drop-goal attempt slipping the wrong side of a post.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|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|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
|Friday 31st October|
|Ospreys 26 - 11 Connacht|
|Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso|
|Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow|
|Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster|
|Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 10th October|
|Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets|
|Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht|
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