Edinburgh Rugby vs Newcastle Falcons , Fri, 07/12/2018 - 19:45

Edinburgh Rugby
31 - 13
Full time
Newcastle Falcons
Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 19:45 | BT Murrayfield

Edinburgh jumped to the top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5 after putting Newcastle Falcons to the sword with three tries in an impressive bonus-point securing second-half performance at a blustery BT Murrayfield.

Despite trailing 13-10 at the break following winger Adam Radwan’s first-half score, Edinburgh turned the screw in the second period and eventually got their noses in front as Chris Dean crashed over the whitewash from short yardage.

The capital side then extended their lead when the referee awarded a penalty try following a series of strong scrums on the Falcons line, before Kinghorn added the finishing touches to free flowing move for the all-important fourth try of the evening.

Edinburgh had chances to notch up a fifth try on the night, but the visitors scrambling defence kept the capital side at bay as they now prepare to face Falcons at Kingston Park in nine days time.

Speaking following the match, Head Coach Richard Cockerill felt that his side managed the difficult conditions well and ultimately deserved the five points eventually secured.

“It’s a great result for us – a good five points” said Cockerill. “We looked a bit rusty at times with so many guys coming back in after six weeks away. It was a tough night to play as well with the wet conditions and Newcastle – regardless of who they’re playing – were combative as always.

“Fair play to them. With no tighthead props they battled away all night and it was probably a bit unfair to them – but you’ve got to play who’s in front of you.”

And Cockerill paid tribute to his forward pack, who supplied Edinburgh with excellent field position throughout the contest.

“We knew that we’d have to be good from a forwards point of view. Our lineout drive was really good tonight and our pick-and-go game was really strong too. We’ve got a really strong set of forwards who, I thought, bossed the game.”

In a turgid first-half, Edinburgh struggled to break down the Falcons defence and found themselves three-points down.

“At half-time, I just told the boys to be calm,” explained Cockerill. “It was a three-point ball game and probably a fifteen-point wind we were playing in to. I just told them to stick to their game and I thought we did that in the second-half.

“It was just about being patient and not getting frustrated when you go behind. Don’t start doing things you wouldn’t usually do and in those conditions - we did a great job.”

Edinburgh now travel to Newcastle in nine days time with the chance to record back-to-back victories over the English Premiership outfit.

But, Cockerill isn’t getting too carried away and insists his side will have to be even better if they are leave Kingston Park with a positive result.

“We need to keep improving and make sure that when we travel down to Kingston Park next week that we are more composed.

“We have an opportunity to get out of this group now and we’re going to have to win two out of our last three games – and they’re against very tough opponents. So, we’re not going to get too carried away.

“We’ve now got a nine-game turnaround and we’re looking forward to heading to Newcastle with a bit of confidence.”

Edinburgh face Newcastle Falcons on Sunday 16 December (kick-off 3.15pm) – live on BT Sport.

Team lineups

Edinburgh Rugby
Newcastle Falcons


15 Alex Tait
14 Tom Arscott
13 Chris Harris
12 Pedro Bettencourt
11 Adam Radwan
10 Brett Connon
9 Tane Takulua


1 Adam Brocklebank
2 George McGuigan
3 David Wilson
4 Tex Cavubati
5 Glen Young
6 Ryan Burrows
7 Gary Graham
8 Callum Chick


16 Santi Socino
17 Trevor Davison
18 Sami Mavinga
19 Calum Green
20 Simon Uzokwe
21 Sam Stuart
22 Toby Flood
23 Johnny Williams
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Heineken Man of the match: 
Henry Pyrgos

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