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Edinburgh 11-6 Leinster

Updated: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 22:04 | Comments

Brian O'Driscoll takes on Ben Atiga and Nick de Luca
Brian O'Driscoll takes on Ben Atiga and Nick de Luca

Leinster were unable to overcome the elements and dogged opposition as they suffered a surprise defeat to Edinburgh at a rain-swept Murrayfield.

Dougie Fife claimed the only try of the match as Edinburgh ran out 11-6 winners, with Greig Laidlaw's two penalties also proving crucial.

Leinster, whose points arrived via two penalties from the boot of Ian Madigan, applied pressure late on but they could not avert another setback following their home defeat by Northampton in the Heineken Cup, and they slip to third in the standings.

The lead did not last long, however, with Laidlaw soon scurrying 30 metres after being released by Ollie Atkins. Although he was brought down on the visitors' 22, Edinburgh kept possession and a smart pass from Tonks sent wing Fife sliding in on the left.

Edinburgh remained on the attack through to half-time and went in 8-3 ahead thanks to a straightforward penalty from Laidlaw, who had failed with his earlier conversion attempt.

Soon after the restart Madigan kicked his second penalty to reduce the arrears to two points, but within three minutes the lead was back out to five as Laidlaw successfully sent over another three-pointer.

The game descended into a scrappy kicking contest as the miserable conditions took their toll, although on 73 minutes Edinburgh's forwards drove forward a mini maul to win a penalty but Laidlaw could not take the opportunity to kick his third of the contest.

Leinster were never out of the contest by any stretch and found belief in the final minutes, so nearly breaking through for a match-winning try.

Following a line-out they took up camp on the home line for a series of thrusts as the clock ticked down but they were all repelled by the formidable Edinburgh defence, with Leinster's hopes finally dashed by a late and costly knock-on.

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