Edinburgh end losing run
Edinburgh broke their three-game losing streak with a gutsy 31-25 RaboDirect PRO12 win over Ospreys at Meggetland.
Although the visitors opened the scoring Edinburgh had built up a 22-11 lead by the break thanks to tries from Grayson Hart (2) and centre Sam Beard, with full-back Carl Bezuidenhout kicking two conversions and a penalty.
Jeff Hassler's second unconverted try for Ospreys cut Edinburgh's lead to three points but three second half penalties from Bezuidenhout saw them home.
Although Ospreys stand-off Dan Biggar kicked five penalties, it could not prevent the top four hopefuls from slipping to defeat.
Yet the Welsh team started brightly. A long period of possession ended with some slick passing by the backs and a neat offload by flanker Justin Tipuric for winger Hassler to score - although Biggar could not convert from far out.
Edinburgh capitalised after Ospreys had offended at a scrum. A long line-out drive finished with scrum-half Hart taking the ball and touching down behind the posts for Bezuidenhout to convert.
When referee Peter Fitzgibbon penalised Ospreys at the next scrum, Bezuidenhout kicked the penalty.
Ospreys produced a six-minutes siege of the home line which included choosing to put three penalties to touch - but Edinburgh held out before registering their second try in 25 minutes.
A piece of individual brilliance from winger Jack Cuthbert took him to the visitors' line, where he sent in centre Sam Beard.
By the turnaround, Edinburgh had registered a third try, again through Hart - and despite prop Geoff Cross being in the sin-bin. Hart was put in by flanker Roddy Grant at the end of a long spell of home possession.
This score was sandwiched by a pair of Biggar penalties, so Edinburgh went in leading 22-11 at the break.
A third Biggar penalty, after Cuthbert had been adjudged to hold on in the tackle, cut Edinburgh's lead five minutes into the second half.
Nine minutes later, following an interception by Ospreys centre Ashley Beck, Biggar's fourth penalty trimmed the hosts' lead to just five points.
Edinburgh had been pinned in their own half but in 58 minutes they at last got established in Ospreys territory where Jonathan Spratt conceded a soft penalty, struck home by Bezuidenhout.
Ospreys immediately responded with Hassler confirmed in scoring his second unconverted try, after Fitzgibbon had consulted the TMO.
In the 70th minute Edinburgh pinned Ospreys in their 22 for the first time and although nothing came of it Bezuidenhout kicked his third penalty from the 10- metre line.
Edinburgh were now dominating territorially and as Ospreys found themselves on the back foot Beck was sin-binned and Bezuidenhout added the penalty.
With two minutes left Biggar kicked his fifth penalty to secure the losing bonus point and conclude the scoring.
The venue change worked for the home side. Edinburgh decamped from Murrayfield to the ground of club side Boroughmuir to allow the infestation-affected turf the maximum recuperation time ahead of next Saturday's Scotland v France RBS 6 Nations international.
It meant an all-ticket crowd of 3,000, instead of being lost in the cavernous stands of Scotland's headquarters, were right on top of the players providing an experience totally foreign to the Edinburgh players when at home.