Bennett's late try hands Edinburgh win over Leinster
PRO14 REPORT: Mark Bennett’s late try helped Edinburgh snatch a dramatic 29-24 victory in a nine-try tussle with Leinster at Myreside.
Opportunistic scores from Luke Crosbie and Nathan Fowles overturned Max Deegan’s early try for the visitors.
But a clinical Leinster went 19-12 up with further tries from Scott Fardy and Barry Daly before Murray McCallum drove over to bring Edinburgh to within two.
😱 Late, late, late drama at Myreside and @EdinburghRugby snatch a massive victory over high-flying @leinsterrugby.— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) February 9, 2018
Mark Bennett caps a fabulous performance with the winning try 🏉⬇️#EDIvLEI #GUINNESSPRO14 pic.twitter.com/Fqqzog5ia7
Duhan Van der Merwe put the hosts ahead before Daly’s second made it 22-24, but Bennett struck in the 79th minute.
The bonus-point victory keeps Edinburgh on the tails of third-placed Ulster in Conference B.
Tries: Crosbie, Foweld, McCallum, Van der Merwe, Bennett
Cons: Van Der Walt, Hidalgo-Clyne
Tries: Deegan, Fardy, Daly 2
Cons: Byrne 2
Edinburgh: 15 Dougie Fife, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Bill Mata, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Luke Crosbie, 5 Lewis Carmichael, 4 Fraser McKenzie (captain), 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Cameron Fenton, 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Magnus Bradbury, 20 John Hardie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Junior Rasolea, 23 Glenn Bryce.
Leinster: 15 Dave Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Max Deegan, 7 Will Connors, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Richardt Strauss (captain), 1 Peter Dooley.
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Óisín Heffernan, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Peadar Timmins, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Ciarán Frawley, 23 Adam Byrne.
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)