Game recap: CA Brive

Game recap: CA Brive

Edinburgh Rugby celebrated the return of fans with a scintillating 10-try performance to topple CA Brive at DAM Health Stadium.

We’ve taken a look at five key moments that helped the capital side on their way to a massive 66-3 victory in our Game Recap:

Jedburgh Jets

Edinburgh started the match slowly, with Brive making a bright start to proceedings. Edinburgh needed someone to turn the tie in their favour, and the momentum swinger came from an unlikely source, Glen Young.

The big lock form Jedburgh was making his first start for the capital club and picked up the opening two tries of the match – in very different styles. The first score was a typical second row try, barraging over from close range. However, the big momentum swinger – that put Edinburgh in total control of the match – was a barnstorming run from halfway.

The lock charged down the Brive scrum half’s kick and charged from 50 metres to make it to the try line. Young transformed into a runaway train, and never looked back after regathering possession. The storming effort left Young short of breath, but it was a game changing moment for the hosts.

Fantastic Freddie

Talking of first starts... Freddie Owsley was making his professional debut, and first start for Edinburgh Rugby. The former sprinter marked his debut in spectacular try, bagging a brace and picking up the Player of the Match award.

Owsley’s first score will live long in the memory. Edinburgh turned the ball over on their own line and launched a counterattack to go the length of the field. Bennett nudged a grubber kick through, and Owsley turned on the afterburners to latch onto the loose ball and showed impressive footballing skills to tap forward beyond Brive defenders.

Owsley added a second shortly after halftime, darting into the corner, leaving the scrambling defence in his wake.

Monstrous Mesu

Mesu Kunavula made his comeback from injury to make his first start of the season, and the big Fijian turned on the style in an imperious performance. Kunavula was rampant with the ball in hand, smashing tacklers backwards, always looking to get the ball free with the offload.

Mesu had a direct hand in two of the tries, first setting up Jamie Ritchie with a magical offload when surrounded by defenders on the Brive line, before rampaging over the gain line to release Owsley into space for his second score.

It was a devastating display from the number eight, proving too hot to handle for the French side.

Big Ben in the corner

Ben Muncaster picked up his first score for the capital club, capping an impressive performance from the bench. Muncaster was causing real headaches for the Top 14 defenders, with a combination of good footwork and power creating chaos for the Frenchmen.

The backrower was on hand to score his first try for the club, turning winger to acrobatically hold off onrushing defenders. Owsley burst into space and played the ball wide to Muncaster, who had to resist heavy pressure from desperate last-ditch tackles, showing all his strength and dexterity to get the ball down with inches to spare.

King Boff

It feels like every match Emiliano Boffelli impresses with a world class moment or two, and last night was the same. The Argentine was nigh on perfect with the boot, successfully kicking 7/8 of his conversion attempts. That stat alone would be impressive enough, but it was the manner of the kicks and the difficult conditions that caught the eye.

The wind was howling through the DAM - and with Mark Bennett holding the ball on the tee – Boffelli nailed conversion after conversion from the touchline, arching each kick with the wind. It repeatedly looked like an effort was going to miss, but Boffelli had judged the conditions to perfection, bending the ball through the air to drop through the posts at the last minute.

While the points from the tee were far from a deciding factor in the result, it was still another reminder of the talent that Edinburgh can call upon from King Boff.

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