Sexton puts the boot in to leave Leinster second

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Edinburgh 28 Leinster 36

A Leinster side bolstered by the return of their internationals overcame a stern test from Edinburgh to run out victors at Murrayfield.

Twenty-three points from the boot of Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton put the Irish side in command and moves them up to second in the table.

Both sides exchanged penalties early in the game before Edinburgh broke through to score the first of their three tries on the night. Greg Laidlaw broke the line before putting winger Tim Visser clean through under the posts leaving Laidlaw a simple conversion.

It wasn’t long before Leinster struck back with scrum half Issac Boss dummying and diving over from close range. Sexton and Laidlaw exchanged further penalties which saw the visitors go into the sheds 19-13 to the good.

Visser scored his second try soon after the restart brushing off three tackles on his way to the line. The Edinburgh lead from the conversion was shot lived as Sexton slotted his fifth penalty of the night. Laidlaw replied in similar vein before Leinster broke the Gunners’ defence. After a charging run from Richardt Strauss the ball was spread to the wing with New Zealander Leo Auva’a going over in the corner.

Despite missing the conversion Sexton went on to score his sixth penalty as well as a drop goal to put the visitors further into the lead. A late surge from Edinburgh saw Matt Scott collect a neat grubber kick to close the gap. The conversion was missed and an injury time penalty from replacement Fergus McFadden meant Edinburgh were deprived of a deserved losing bonus point as Leinster took the victory.

Att: 3580

Edinburgh: Paterson (Thompson, 70), Webster(Brown, 63), De Luca, Scott, Visser, Leonard, Laidlaw, Jacobsen, Ford(Lawrie, 71), Cross(Niven, 73), Lozada, S. Turnbull(Gilchrist, 63), Denton, Grant, McInally(Talei, 63).
Leinster: R. Kearney, D. Kearney, O'Malley, McFadden, Fitzgerald, J. Sexton(Madigan, 80), Boss, van der Merwe, Cronin(Strauss, 50), Ross, Cullen, Toner, McLaughlin(Ruddock, 57), Ryan, Auva'a.

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