Edinburgh Rugby vs Newcastle Falcons , Fri, 26/08/2016 - 19:35

Edinburgh Rugby
21 - 26
Full time
Newcastle Falcons
Friday, 26 August, 2016 - 19:35 | BT Murrayfield

Edinburgh Rugby's newly signed stars shone on their first outing but a late Falcons try cost the hosts their second pre-season preparation match at BT Murrayfield Stadium tonight (21-26).

It took just six minutes for the visitors to cross the whitewash as an opening score from outside-centre Chris Harris was just reward for expansive play that made headway into Edinburgh's 22.

Newcastle shaped to do the same again but Harris stepped infield to first receiver and cut further inside and through midfield to canter over unopposed, before stand-off Mike Delany added the extras (0-7).

However Edinburgh weren’t long in making amends after securing field position through a scrum that had Newcastle marching before yielding a penalty.

Man-of-the-match winning stand-off Duncan Weir kicked the ball long for the lineout, which the hosts collected and mauled before sending the ball across field; first from Weir with a well-weighted long pass to back-row Hamish Watson, who then offloaded back inside to replacement hooker Stuart McInally to touch down.

Weir added the extras to pull level before McInally traded places with Ross Ford once more, to complete a successful cameo (7-7).

Edinburgh soon returned to the Newcastle 22 on a number of occasions however their rustiness was evident at critical times, with ball in hand, the breakdown and lineout short of accuracy, which disrupted their attempts to retain possession and build pressure, ultimately leading the game to ebb into a scrappy affair of repeated turnovers on both sides.

A half-time stalemate seemed inevitable as the game approached the interval however Newcastle back-row Evan Olmstead stunned the 2495 crowd as he broke free to score.

Delany converted once again to give his side the lead at the break.

Half-time: Edinburgh Rugby 7-14 Newcastle Falcons

Four second-half changes stood as a reminder of the ‘friendly’ nature of the contest, while Edinburgh continued to nudge a number of kickable penalties into touch and look to build phases.

That was, however, until Newcastle struck again through replacement back Zack Kibirige, who went over for an unconverted score with another breakaway try for the visitors (7-19).

The try seemed to spark something in Edinburgh, as did the inclusion of replacement centre Solomoni Rasolea, who brought a welcome point-of-difference and firepower to midfield before crossing the paint.

The Fiji-born, Aussie-raised power house used a combination of fancy footwork and brute force to burst through the Newcastle rear guard and coast over the line.

Weir converted to pull the men in black back within range (14-19) before turning from play-maker to finisher.

Some lovely interplay between the barnstorming Rasolea and replacement back-row John Hardie broke clear into the Newcastle 22 before the back-row fed the ball to Weir to cross the line.

Weir then converted his own score and take the lead (21-19).

Such was the resurgence of the home side that they looked destined to see the game out for the win but (in part to disruption caused by the pre-season-necessitated rotation and the return of the first-half rustniess) the hosts failed to execute a clean exit from their 22 and ultimately surrendered a scrore, the lead and the match in the dying minutes, as Callum Chick dove over from short range.

Full-time: Edinburgh Rugby 21-26 Newcastle Falcons

Edinburgh Rugby: 15 Glenn Bryce; 14 Tom Brown, 13 Sasa Tofilau, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Rory Scholes; 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Ross Ford, 3 WP Nel, Fraser McKenzie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Magnus Bradbury. Substitutes: 16 Stuart McInally on for Ford, 17 Jack Cosgrove on for Sutherland, 18 Simon Berghan on for Nel, 19 Ben Toolis on for McKenzie, 20 John Hardie on for Watson, 21 Nathan Fowles on for Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Blair Kinghorn on for Weir, 23 Solomoni Rasolea on for Burleigh.

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley; 14 Vereniki Goneva, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Sinoti Sinoti; 10 Mike Delany, 9 Sonatane Takulua; 1 Jon Welsh, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Taione Vea, 4 Calum Green, 5 Will Witty, 6 Evan Olmstead, 7 Will Welch CAPTAIN, 8 Mark Wilson. Substitutes: 16 Ben Sowrey, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Nick Civetta, 20 Tyrone Holmes, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Sam Egerton, 23 Zach Kibirige, Alex Tait, Belisario Agulla, Opeti Fonua, Callum Chick.

Team lineups

Edinburgh Rugby
Newcastle Falcons




15 Simon Hammersley
14 Vereniki Goneva
13 Chris Harris
12 Juan Pablo Socino
11 Sinoti Sinoti
10 Mike Delany
9 Sonatane Takulua


1 Jon Welsh
2 Scott Lawson
3 Taione Vea
4 Calum Green
5 Will Witty
6 Evan Olmstead
7 Will Welch
8 Mark Wilson


16 Ben Sowrey
17 Alex Rogers
18 Paddy Ryan
19 Nick Civetta
20 Tyrone Holmes
21 Joel Hodgson
22 Sam Egerton
23 Zach Kibirige
Alex Tait
Belisario Agulla


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Man of the match: 
Duncan Weir
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