Edinburgh power past Cardiff to go top

Edinburgh kicked off 2022 in style, producing a scintillating first half display to beat Cardiff Rugby 34-10, putting the club top of the URC.

Edinburgh move top of the table for the first time since the 2009/10 season, scoring five brilliant tries to dominate the clash of the capital cities.

The home side showed no signs of rust having not played since early December, sprinting out of the blocks to score two tries within 10 minutes, courtesy of Argentine pair Ramiro Moyano and Emiliano Boffelli.

Moyano added the finishing touches after a team move turned defence into an attack in an instant. Hodgson pounced on a loose ball; from the resulting turnover Lang made a scything break from inside Edinburgh’s half, backed up by Vellacott who was able to put Moyano through for a simple finish.

It didn’t take long for Edinburgh to score again, with standout Mark Bennett breaking from deep to give Emiliano Boffelli a walk in. Boffelli and Rhys Priestland traded penalties, before the Argentine repaid Bennett’s favour, setting him up for another stunning Edinburgh score.

With the advantage, Edinburgh played the ball wide to Boffelli, who was able to offload to Bennett. The finish from the outside centre was nothing short of spectacular, holding off defenders to acrobatically get the ball down.

Edinburgh displayed huge intensity, battering back any Cardiff attack that came their way, they managed to lock up the bonus point on the stroke of half-time. James Lang crossed the whitewash for the first time for Edinburgh, diving into the corner after neat build up, Ritchie playing a basketball-style pass inside having gathered a looping Kinghorn pass.

The second half was stop-start, with injuries stopping either side from gaining any meaningful momentum. Cardiff looked to build pressure, but were time and time again met by an Edinburgh wall. The away side did eventually get a try, Owen Lane displayed good footballing skills to guide a loose ball over the line.

Edinburgh thought they had scored two more tries, only for Bradbury and Ritchie to have their efforts ruled out by TMO. The home side did have the final say, and there was no doubt about Mark Bennett’s solo effort. The centre took on the defence by himself, dummying twice to score from 40m out.

The capital club head into the European window top of the URC standings and will be heading down to London Irish full of confidence.

Player of the Match

POTM could have gone to any number of players, however the rampant Magnus Bradbury continued his stellar form to pick up the award.

The number eight displayed immense physicality either side of the ball, and put in multiple bone crunching shots to force back Cardiff attackers.

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