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Sau Scores In Rainbow Cup Debut

Joining Sau are fellow Flying Fijians Mesake Kunavula who played at openside flanker and tight-head prop Lee Roy Atalifo
25 Apr 2021 15:14
Sau Scores In Rainbow Cup Debut
Eroni Sau scores a try for Edinburgh against Zebre at Murrayfield on April 23,2021. Photo: Edinburgh Rugby

Former Fijian 7s rep Eroni Sau scored a try as Edinburgh’s young, experimental side made a winning start to the new Rainbow Cup comp.

The Richard Cockerill-coached side made a fine second-half comeback to win 24-18 against Zebre at Murrayfield.

Joining Sau are fellow Flying Fijians Mesake Kunavula who played at openside flanker and tight-head prop Lee Roy Atalifo

Despite Sau’s early try for the hosts, they found themselves 13-7 down at the break thanks to Andrea Lovotti’s reply and Carlo Canna’s boot.

But tries from Luke Crosbie and Matt Currie put Edinburgh in control as they produced more pace and intensity.

Zebre secured a losing bonus point with Johan Meyer’s last-minute try.

The Rainbow Cup was launched to provide competition after the Pro14 was cut short by COVID-19, but continued travel restrictions forced the tournament to be split into northern hemisphere and South African sections.

Having gone behind to a Canna penalty, for going offside after only five minutes, Edinburgh responded confidently when Sau touched down in the corner from Blair Kinghorn’s swift pass.

From a side looking full of nerves, Edinburgh were transformed immediately after the break and, after Sau gathered from a successful line-out and charged through several challenges, Crosbie stretched over the try-line almost under the posts.

Chamberlain’s conversion edged Edinburgh in front, Sau was just short of the line in the corner again, but Matt Currie was soon grounding just beside the post and Chamberlain again added the conversion.

Instead of kicking for touch to chase for a try that would have led to a winning bonus point, Edinburgh took the three points through a Chamberlain penalty and paid for that as Zebre raced up the other end to score through Meyer as the game went into overtime.

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill: “It was a decent performance. I thought the young guys stood up well.

“Zebre came to play, they took their goals and we were under pressure for large parts of that first half, but we managed to stay in the game and I thought we controlled that second half pretty much from start to finish.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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