Robertson Scores In Back-Up Defeat

ImageEdinburgh Back-Up 7 Leinster Back-Up 13 (played at Lasswade)

Mark Robertson scored a memorable try for Edinburgh's back-up squad, but it was not enough to prevent Leinster's second string from chalking up a win at Lasswade.

Edinburgh's back-up squad contained three Scotland under-18 internationals including Alex Blair, younger brother of Mike and David, and the fixture_proved to be_a tough challenge for the youngsters.

Rory Hutton impressed at stand-off while Mark Robertson showed off his neat footwork and winger Andrew Turnbull also did well in a very physical encounter.

Leinster raced into an early six-point lead through two penalties before Robertson dotted down on the stroke of half-time following good work by Marc Teague and Graham Hogg.

Jim Thompson added the extras and Edinburgh's young team looked set to go on and win the game.

But after the break, Leinster managed some crucial turnovers and Edinburgh failed to translate their dominance into points on the board.

The away side won the match with a breakaway try, but there were plenty of positives for the watching Andy Robinson and Rob Moffat to notice.

National Academy coach and former Edinburgh favourite, Graham Shiel was on the touchline overseeing on-field matters and he acknowledged the match had been a worthwhile exercise.

Shiel said: 'the young players would have learned a lot from the match because they have been exposed to a high intensity game against a team like Leinster.

"It was a hard fought match and it was a good exercise from that point of view. Overall though it was a disappointing performance and the style of rugby that we played.

"Leinster were competitive at the breakdown and they prevented a lot of the guys from off-loading unnecessarily.

'that was disappointing, but a lot of good has come from it as well. It is a massive step up for the young guys and it is a great opportunity for us to blood them younger in the professional game.

"Also the guys on the fringes of the first team at Edinburgh need to be playing in these types of games together. Although they will get game-time at the clubs they won't be getting it all together.

"It is valuable and the Academy guys now know what to expect moving forward."

Edinburgh Back-Up: Thompson, Teague, Robertson, Easson (G. Hogg), A. Turnbull, Hutton (A. Blair), Meyer (captain); Grant (Traynor), Lawrie, McNeil, Harley (Callendar), S. Turnbull, Crombie, Fusaro (McInally), Newlands.