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Scots successful at home


Edinburgh's Harry Leonard helped his team to victory against Zebre.

Edinburgh's Harry Leonard helped his team to victory against Zebre.

Edinburgh's Harry Leonard helped his team to victory against Zebre.

Edinburgh recorded a second successive win to moves towards the middle of the RaboDirect PRO12 league table.

The hosts seemed to have the control when they established a first half lead thanks to tries by Greig Tonks and Willam Nel - but Zebre hit back to lead at the break.

However a third try, from Cornell Du Preez, plus two conversions and two penalties by Harry Leonard gave the Scottish - playing for the second week at home and against Italian opposition - a 25-23 success.

The visitors contributed much to the game and scored two first half tries from Tomasso Iannone and Leonardo Sarto, with stand-off Luciano Orquera converting both and kicking three penalties.

Following criticism by coach Alan Solomons for their 'frenetic' play, Edinburgh made a low-key start - not helped by stand-off Leonard failing with a relatively easy penalty in just the eighth minute.

Zebre made more of the running, well marshalled by scrum-half Brendon Leonard. They drew level in the 16th minute thanks to a penalty from Orquera, after Edinburgh were penalised at a ruck.

Edinburgh immediately responded with a purple patch that produced two tries and seemed to have put them in control.

Firstly, open play saw Dougie Fife off his wing to penetrate centre field and throw a long pass for full-back Tonks to score in the left corner.

Then, a period of pick and go ended with prop Nel forcing his way over for the second successive week - Harry Leonard converted to put his side 12-3 ahead after 29 minutes.

However Zebre took up the challenge, scoring two tries of their own - both helped by Edinburgh errors - to go in at the break leading 17-12.

Firstly Sarto broke the tackle of Edinburgh centre Ben Atiga and put in Iannone. Then, after Edinburgh wing Jack Cuthbert dropped a high ball under no pressure, Zebre built pressure into stoppage time and right-winger Sarto scored for Orquera to kick his second conversion.

Early in the second half Edinburgh's Leonard pulled back three points with a simple penalty before collective effort kept out Zebre's responding attack.

Edinburgh then produced pressure of their own, driving a line-out with number eight Du Preez ultimately scoring and Leonard converting from touch.

Early in the third quarter each side was rewarded with a penalty - from Harry Leonard and then Orquera - for a spell of pressure.

Ortega kicked his third penalty in 74 minutes to make for an exciting few minutes, with an Ortega drop-goal attempt slipping the wrong side of a post.