Krasny yar v Edinburgh
Edinburgh recorded the biggest win in the club’s history in Moscow today as they completed a ten try rout over Russian side Krasny Yar in round two of the European Challenge Cup.
Despite the Siberian side registering a bonus point victory over reigning champions Stade Francais last weekend, it was Edinburgh who ran out convincing winners this time round.
The visitors had the four-try bonus point wrapped up inside the first half hour and added six more in the second period to complete their Moscow mission and head home - and back into domestic duties in the Guinness PRO14 - with two terrific wins from their first two matches on the road in European competition.
On the final whistle, Head Coach Richard Cockerill said: “It was a great win for them last weekend so I thought our mentality towards the game was excellent – the travel, early kick-off and all those things. We started well and we kept the pressure on
I’m happy with the win and I’m happy to take ten points out of the first two games which keeps us in a good position in the competition.
Following a short wait for the tardy match officials to enter the field of play, the game kicked off and Edinburgh were quickly in the ascendancy thanks to some spritely attack from centre James Johnstone.
From out right, the backs swiftly switched to the opposite flank where fullback Blair Kinghorn burst into the line and lunged over for the first score of the afternoon. Jason Tovey converted. (0-7)
Tovey split the posts again just one minute later, converting a Sam Hidalgo-Clyne score before Krasny centre Lasha Malaguradze was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on. (0-14)
On his return to Edinburgh from a stint in Super Rugby with Western Force, lock Lewis Carmichael found himself in the back row and on the scoresheet. The versatile forward cut a searing line from depth and took hold of a well timed pass from prop Darryl Marfo to go in under the posts. Tovey converted. (0-21)
It went from conversion to concern for the Welsh stand-off as he went down injured in midfield, ending his afternoon prematurely.
As Krasny Yar began to try and wrestle their way into the game, Edinburgh kept their composure and wrapped up the bonus point up on the half hour mark. Captain Neil Cochrane found himself on the end of a big shove from the Edinburgh pack which piled over the whitewash. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne took over kicking duties and duly converted. (0-28)
Hidalgo-Clyne wrapped up the half with a penalty, taken just as much for a breather as for the points.
Half-time Score: Krasny Yar 0-31 Edinburgh
Edinburgh re-entered the fray with the same intent they had shown in the first half. The props were replaced during the break and Murray McCallum made his intentions clear as he grabbed ten points in his first ten minutes on the field. Hidalgo-Clyne converted both. (0-45)
The sixth try of the afternoon came from the referee’s whistle as Krasny were pinged for collapsing an Edinburgh maul. (0-52)
Despite finding themselves on the sore end of a hiding, Krasny Yar did not give up and their grit and determination was soon rewarded with a score from replacement Evgeni Kolomiytsev, who was ultimately a strange choice by local media for Man of the Match. Lasha Malaguradze converted. (7-52)
Despite the blip in defence, Edinburgh were back in scoring form five minutes later when Kinghorn was again in thirst for the try line. With Nathan Fowles now on the field for Hidalgo-Clyne, it was the fullback who slotted into the stand-off role.
Kinghorn spotted the scrambled Krasny defence and danced his way through to run clear. He converted his own try. (7-59)
In the closing stages, the maul became Edinburgh’s most potent weapon and lock Fraser McKenzie and hooker Stuart McInally registered points from the forward drive. Kinghorn converted both. (7-73)
Although the burgeoning score line will dominate headlines from the game, the last word went to Krasny Yar who burst over the visitors’ line on 80 minutes to claim a consolation try and the final say in a heavily one-sided encounter, Alexander Khudyakov the scorer with Malaguradze adding the extras. (14-73)
Krasny Yar: Vasily Artemyev CAPTAIN; Rushan Iagudin, Igor Galinovskiy, Lasha Malaguradze, Vladimir Chaban; Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev; Sione Fukofuka, Jaba Bregvadze, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrey Garbuzov, Victor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Alexander Ilin
Replacements: Andrei Kondakov, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Egor Zykov, Alexander Khudyakov, Anton Ryabov, Evgeni Kolomiytsev, Kirill Golosnitskiy
Edinburgh Rugby: Blair Kinghorn; Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Solomoni Rasolea, Tom Brown; Jason Tovey, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Darryl Marfo, Neil Cochrane CAPTAIN, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Grant Gilchrist, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Crosbie, Cornell Du Preez
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Murray McCallum, Simon Berghan, Fraser McKenzie, Viliame Mata, Nathan Fowles, Glenn Bryce, Chris Dean