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Blair brothers star in win

A rampaging second half performance by Edinburgh gave Rob Moffat's team a 32-24 win over Leinster - although an injury to Chris Paterson cast a shadow over the night.

The Scottish side blew away a Leinster side whose vaunted back division were given a torrid time, racking up four tries through Geoff Cross, Tim Visser, Mark Robertson and David Blair, who also kicked five points with Paterson booting another seven.

Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney scored tries for Leinster with Kearney also kicking a penalty to go with three booted by Isa Nacewa who also converted a try.

Penalty exchanges between Paterson and Nacewa saw Leinster lead 6-3 before Paterson kicked dead from the halfway line, Edinburgh offended at the scrum and from inside his own half Kearney pulled the visitors further ahead.

It was into the second quarter before Edinburgh got into the opposing 22 and came close to scoring straight off with a Scott MacLeod burst. The lock was pulled down inches short but from the scrum Visser blasted into the line, came up short, popped up to Mike Blair and from MacLeod's offload, Cross went in under the posts.

Paterson's conversion took Edinburgh back into the lead. and although Nacewa slotted his third penalty, it was the Scots who surged ahead as Ben Cairns broke from a scrum and the ball was switched from right to left, Allan Jacobsen's surge was halted but Paterson was on hand and his offload put Visser spinning out of Shane Horgan's tackle for the try.

Edinburgh were merciless in attack for the next five minutes with the Leinster defence struggling. Having pulled the defence out of line, David Blair's long pass saw Robertson romp in for try number three with Paterson's conversion giving Edinburgh a 10-point lead.

The visitors remained under the cosh for the next 10 minutes and from a quick tap penalty, Mike Blair put brother David over for the bonus-clinching score which he converted from wide out, Paterson having limped off with an ominous looking leg knock.

Blair added a penalty with 12 minutes left but finally Leinster roused themselves having introduced Heaslip from the bench and the big number eight started to exert his influence, ending with him scoring in the 70th minute.

Nacewa's conversion was the spur for Leinster to throw everything at Edinburgh to collect at least the losing bonus point - but despite Kearney's last minute try, the missed conversion meant a missed bonus as the hosts celebrated a much needed five-point win.


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