Kinghorn and Tovey inspire Edinburgh

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:50
Large edinburgh v ospreys 800

PRO14 REPORT: Blair Kinghorn inspired Edinburgh to a fifth straight victory in all competitions, as they grabbed a try bonus point at the death in their 37-10 win over Ospreys.

The visitors began the better of the two sides but after a converted Dmitri Arhip try gave his side the lead it was all Edinburgh as Kinghorn, Nathan Fowles, Jason Tovey and Magnus Bradbury each crossed to secure the win.

Ospreys maintained possession as well as ever in the opening stages but the Edinburgh defence held firm until the 12th minute.

The ball was flung wide to the left flank, only for Dafydd Howells to be held up just a metre shy of the line - but swift recycling saw play switched to the right and eventually Arhip crossed in the corner - Sam Davies kicking the extras.

Tovey brought Edinburgh back in range with a straightforward penalty after Ospreys were penalised for not releasing.

But Davies knocked over a kick of his own after Edinburgh did not roll away on the 20-minute mark.

A moment of magic from Kinghorn then turned things in the home side’s advantage as a break and offload set up the eventual break that he finished off, coming around on the outside - Tovey adding the extras to level the scores.

And the flyhalf then extended Edinburgh’s lead with two penalties as the home side applied the pressure.

Brendon Leonard was sin-binned for a high tackle to give away the first set of three points, with the visitors then penalised for holding on in front of the posts.

And Edinburgh’s momentum continued straight after the break as Fowles went in under the posts following another fine Kinghorn offload to finish a break that began inside their own half - Tovey again converting.

Edinburgh continued to dominate in the second half with Kinghorn and Tovey once again probing the Ospreys defensive line.

Phase after phase of attack from the home side eventually paid dividends before the hour mark as Tovey sold a dummy to the Ospreys defence and scored in what was approaching their 40th phase - the Welshman converting his own score.

Cameron Fenton came off the bench to make his Edinburgh debut on the hour mark, with Ospreys making a quadruple change shortly after as they went in search of a spark.

Their persistence paid off in possession but not points and Edinburgh rubbed salt into the Welsh wounds as Bradbury crashed over with the clock in the red to earn the home side the bonus point - Tovey again converting

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Kinghorn, Fowles, Tovey, Bradbury
Cons: Tovey 4
Pens: Tovey 3

For Ospreys:
Con: Davies
Pen: Davies

Yellow card: Brendon Leonard (Ospreys, 31)


Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Luke Crosbie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Magnus Bradbury, 20 Lewis Carmichael, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Glenn Bryce, 23 Chris Dean.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Dafydd Howells, 13 James Hook, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Tom Habberfield, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Rob McCusker, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Paul James (Captain).
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Rory Thornton, 20 James King, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 Luke Price, 23 Kieron Fonotia

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell (Ireland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

Source: @PRO14Official

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