In Rewind: Three English classics
We take a look at three classic encounters against English opponents ahead of Friday night’s Challenge Cup round three match-up with Wasps at BT Murrayfield.
Edinburgh 36-35 Harlequins – Edinburgh stun Quins in 11-try thriller!
There was a definite buzz in the air when English giants Harlequins visited the capital in October 2016.
With a new Head Coach in charge in the shape of, now Attack Coach, Duncan Hodge, Edinburgh were up for this match-up from the get-go and soon set about entertaining the sizeable crowd at BT Murrayfield.
With England stars Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown, and Jo Marler in their starting line-up, the visiting English side set their stall early, but it wasn’t enough as a young Edinburgh backline – featuring the likes of Blair Kinghorn and Damien Hoyland – purred all afternoon.
The capital side led 31-14 at the break after running in five tries through Allan Dell, Kinghorn, Nasi Manu, Hamish Watson and Hoyland; Quins responded with a Charlie Walker score and a penalty try.
Then Kyle Sinckler's five-pointer, another penalty try and Mat Luamanu's score looked to have snatched victory. But Tom Brown crossed late on to seal the dramatic win for Edinburgh.
Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh – Snatch and grab victory in the toon
Edinburgh travelled to face Newcastle Falcons – the club’s closest rivals after Glasgow Warriors – in December 2018 looking to secure back-to-back victories over the Premiership side following the previous week’s 31-13 win at BT Murrayfield.
In a match-up of two fiercely competitive sides, Edinburgh’s crafty game plan ultimately won them the match on the day as a late try from Duhan van der Merwe sealed the dramatic win in front of a vocal travlelling support at Kingston Park.
The capital side piled on the pressure at the end of the first half, coming within metres of the try line, but chose to take three points through the boot of fly-half Jaco van der Walt.
Edinburgh showed more intent after the break as Henry Pyrgos chipped the ball over the Newcastle defensive line and centre Johnstone gathered to go under the posts.
Van der Walt extended his side’s lead to two scores with his third penalty in the 61st minute, and Van der Merwe wrapped up the victory, taking a superb Blair Kinghorn offload and outsprinting the covering defence to touch down in the corner.
Edinburgh 50-20 London Irish – Edinburgh reach a half-century in Exiles thrashing
With the match switched from Myreside to BT Murrayfield due to freezing temperatures on the morning of the fixture, Ediburgh returned to the national stadium looking for a third straight win to start their 2017/18 Challenge Cup campaign.
With now-Scotland star Darcy Graham making his debut on the wing, the capital side looked to play a creative brand of rugby in the early stages and soon built up a sizeable lead thanks to a brace of tries from Phil Burleigh, followed by early scores from captain Stuart McInally and Blair Kinghorn.
After the break, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and replacements Junior Rasolea and Sean Kennedy scored, while Graham’s first-ever score for his new club was a thing of beauty.
After collecting in the wide channel, Graham showcased his pure athleticism and heart with a courageous summersault into the corner for the outrageous five-pointer.
Irish touched down through Ben Ransom and former Edinburgh captain Mike Coman, before Ben Meehan's consolation.
Edinburgh would have the last word though, Kennedy scoring and Kinghorn converting to bring up 50 points, a perfectly accurate indication of the capital side’s dominance on the night.