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Edinburgh ease into last eight

Edinburgh eased into the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup with a comfortable 38-20 victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Murrayfield.

Scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, showing the form which has won him a place in Scotland's RBS 6 Nations squad, scored two tries and kicked four penalties and three conversions for a 28-point haul for Edinburgh to top Pool Four.

The 21-year-old's total eclipsed the 24 points Duncan Hodge scored for Edinburgh against Biarritz in the 1997-98 season.

Hidalgo-Clyne scored all the home side's points before the break as Edinburgh led 14-6 at the interval, Lionel Beauxis replying with two penalties for Bordeaux-Begles.

Another Hidalgo-Clyne penalty and Matt Scott's converted try extended the hosts' lead before Baptiste Serin latched on to a neat chip in the in-goal area and Pierre Bernard converted for the visitors.

Prop WP Nel then crashed over from close range before Hidalgo-Clyne's second try gave Edinburgh a bonus point and put them in cruise control.

John Andress and Jefferson Poirot picked up yellow cards 10 minutes from time after a collapsed scrum and Bordeaux-Begles had the final word on the night with Bernard's converted try.

B ut it is Edinburgh who march on and join Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester and Newport-Gwent Dragons in the last eight of the competition before the weekend's final round of pool matches.


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