Zebre Rugby v Edinburgh
Edinburgh Rugby chalked up their first away in this season’s Guinness PRO12 with a 24-19 win over Zebre today at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
Zebre scored three tries to Edinubrgh's two – Chris Dean and Will Helu the scorers for the visitors – yet Duncan Weir’s greater success with the boot proved the difference between the sides come final whistle.
After a slow start to the game, Edinburgh stand-off, Weir, opended the scoring with a penalty on 14 minutes.
The visitors continued to dominate possession and territory, yet a Zebre try against the run of play from centre Tommaso Boni. The successful conversion from stand-off Carlo Canna gave the home side a 7-3 lead, an advantage which Weir quickly reduced to a point with his second successful penalty of the day.
A superb last-ditch cover tackle from full-back Blair Kinghorn in the 34th minute stopped Zebre’s Boni grabbing his second score of the game, with Edinburgh duly winning the subsequent lineout and clearing their lines.
Edinburgh’s centre Chris Dean matched his opposite number, Boni, when he snapped up a loose-ball on half-way and outpaced the opposition to touch down in the corner and give his side the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Duncan Weir’s successful conversion saw his side go into the turn with a 13-7 lead.
Half-time: Zebre 7 – 13 Edinburgh Rugby
Wing Will Helu extended Edinburgh’s lead on 54 minutes when he won a footrace with his opposite number to collect an intelligent kick from Kinghorn and touch down for the score (7-18).
Zebre’s reply came seven minutes later when their illusive stand-off, Canna, exposed a gap in the visitors’ defence to sidle through and score. However, the stand-off was unable to add the extras to his score (12-18).
Weir made amends for missing the earlier conversion with a well-struck penalty on 65 minutes before adding another nine minutes later to give Edinburgh a 12 point advantage going into the final stages of the game (12-24).
Edinburgh went down to 14 men on 78 minutes when replacement scrum-half Nathan Fowles was shown a yellow-card at the ruck and Zebre soon took advantage of their extra man with a try on 80 minutes through Andries Van Schalkwyk. However, Canna’s conversion would mark the end of the game with Edinburgh claiming the victory.
Full-time: Zebre 19 – 24 Edinburgh Rugby