After a tough start to proceedings, Edinburgh posted three late tries to secure a 23-0, bonus-point victory over French outfit Agen, in the penultimate pool game of the European Challenge Cup.
The home-side went into the interval with a slender 8-0 lead thanks to a Magnus Bradbury try and Greig Tonks penalty, but managed to break down the visitors in the second-half with Mike Coman, Tonks and Hamish Watson all crossing the whitewash after 60 minutes to seal the victory.
Alan Solmons’ side now face Grenoble at Stade des Alpes in the final game of Pool 5, and a place in the European Challenge Cup quarters to play for.
The game got off to a slow start and, despite numerous forays on the Agen line from the men in black and red, no team was able to gain the upper-hand in the opening exchanges.
Nearly a quarter of the game was gone before the scoreboard was put into action, as Tonks slotted a penalty from directly in-front of the posts to put Edinburgh ahead in the 19th minute.
An easy chance to reply went begging for Agen when, following a scrum offence from Edinburgh, the French side’s stand-off, Francois Bouvier, missed a penalty attempt from less than 20 metres in-front of the uprights, much to the delight of the home crowd.
The French outfit found soon themselves down to 14 men when Nicolas Chocou was shown a yellow-card for deliberately collapsing a promising looking Edinburgh maul.
It didn’t take long for Edinburgh to take advantage of their extra man when Tonks took the initiative to take a quick-tap penalty and throw a lovely looping pass to 20-year-old Magnus Bradbury, who powered over in the corner for his first score for the capital club.
Tonks conversion attempt glazed the outside of the uprights, which meant the score remained at 8-0 after 36 minutes.
Half-time: Edinburgh 8 v 0 Agen
Despite being down to 14-men following a John Andress sin-binning, Edinburgh’s resilient defence in the opening 10 minutes of the second period kept a persistent Agen attack at bay.
Edinburgh extended their lead further in the 60th minute when replacement back-row Mike Coman battered over the whitewash from short-range, following a scintillating break from wing Will Helu, which set up the attacking platform.
Tonks failed to add the extras with the conversion attempt (13-0).
The home side continued to break down a tiring opposition and, in the 69th minute, their relentlessness in attack again paid dividends as Tonks floated through the defence after a show-and-go to score, yet he was unable to slot the conversion to his own try (18-0).
Edinburgh were now in pursuit of a bonus-point and it soon came in the 74th minute.
Their decision to opt for the corner with a penalty was rewarded when man-of-the-match Hamish Watson peeled off a driving lineout maul to grab his side’s fourth touchdown of the evening to give his side the five-point victory. Tonks duly slotted the conversion (23-0).
Full-time: Edinburgh (8) 23 v 0 (0) Agen