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  1. Full-time: Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets
  2. Michael Allen & Magnus Bradbury tries for Edinburgh
  3. Weir 2 penalties & 2 conversions
  4. 3 Patchell penalties for Scarlets
  5. Jake Ball yellow card (40 mins) for Scarlets
  6. Bradbury (41) & Burleigh (53) sin-binned for Edinburgh

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By Andy Burke

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Edinburgh up and running

FT: Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Well it wasn't pretty and I suspect the DVD of this one will not be flying off the shelves in the Edinburgh club shop, but Alan Solomons' men are up and running with their first victory of the Pro12 season.

Tries from Michael Allen and Magus Bradbury helped them to victory over the Scarlets, who struggled to break down Edinburgh's resolute defence.

With some tough fixtures coming up this was an important win for Edinburgh, who have stated they want a top four finish this season.

Tomorrow it's Glasgow Warriors' turn as they face Leinster at Scotstoun. That promises to be a tasty affair between two sides who many feel will battle it out for the Pro12 title this season.

Thanks for your company this evening. Plenty more sport coming your way across BBC Sport Scotland this weekend.


Magnus Bradbury
Magnus Bradbury scored Edinburgh's second try

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FT: Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

It was a dour game. Edinburgh won it, they clearly deserved to win it. Their forwards were by far and away on top. Their defence was very good when it needed to be.

They scored two tries to nil. Job done.


Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Nathan Fowles kicks the ball into touch and Edinburgh hold on to claim their first victory of the season.

No try

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

The replays are inconclusive so no try is given. Scrum five to Scarlets.

Try review

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Scarlets drive the maul over the line but it's unclear if they managed to ground the ball.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Scarlets are really putting Edinburgh under the cosh now.

Hadleigh Parkes carries to within an inch of the line but is repelled.

The ball is spun wide to Steff Evans who looks certain to go over in the corner until Michael Allen bundles him into touch.

However, Allen is ruled to have tackled Evans high and a penalty is awarded.

That looked a nailed-on penalty try. Let off for Edinburgh.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Peter Wright

Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

The Edinburgh head coach has put a game-plan together that is ludicrous. 

It's rubbish to watch, it's boring.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

It's been a second-half littered with handling errors, penalties and a general lack of accuracy on both sides.

If Edinburgh can hang on in these last seven minutes or so for the win though they probably will not care.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

"We've not seen many, if any, offloads this evening. That is so often the spark that can unlock a defence."

Former Scotland Sevens captain Colin Gregor on BBC Radio Scotland

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Scarlets are done at the breakdown yet again and Duncan Weir kicks Edinburgh into the corner.

The throw is snaffled by the Scarlets though and the danger is cleared.

@BBCSportScot to many mistakes at breakdown from both sides. Holding on, in from side, hands in ruck. More cards needed. #bbcsportscot

Bring on Myreside

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

The official attendance is 2650.

So just the 64,494 empty seats then....

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Phil Burleigh re-enters the action so Edinburgh are back up to 15.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

The much-vaunted Scarlets backline looks like it might be belatedly clicking into gear.

Jonathan Davies spins it to Steff Evans coming in off his wing, but Duncan Weir snaffles it at the break down and earns the penalty which eases the pressure on his side.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Terrific defence from Edinburgh.

Scarlets looks to get the rolling maul going into the home 22 from a line-out but Ben Toolis leads the counter as Edinburgh halt the charge and earn the scrummage.

Missed penalty

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Duncan Weir has been imperious with his goal-kicking until now, but he misses his first of the evening with a lengthy effort from just inside the Scarlets half wide on the right.

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

I'll be hearing Andrew Brace's whistle in my sleep tonight!

Really scrappy second-half.

Penalty Scarlets (Rhys Patchell)

Edinburgh 20-9 Scarlets

Rhys Patchell slots home a straightforward penalty goal to bring Scarlets back within 11 points.

Sin-bin Edinburgh (Phil Burleigh)

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Edinburgh are no sooner back up to their full compliment following Magnus Bradbury's return from the sin bin than they are back down to 14.

Phil Burleigh sticks a hand into a ruck, is caught and gets a yellow card for his trouble.


Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

John Hardie looks in a bit of trouble.

He was bulldozed by Ken Owens as he tried to take down the Scarlets hooker.

Hardie departs the scene and I'd be surprised to see him return.

Edinburgh 20-6

The wet ball is contributing handling errors which are undermining the attacking efforts of both sides.

Edinburgh recycle for a few phases but are merely moving from side to side inside their own half before Jamie Ritchie drops the ball forward.

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

The visitors have a line-out in a promising position on the Edinburgh 22 but Grant Gilchrist soars to claim a brilliant steal.

Hardie makes a few yards and Weir clears his lines.

Yellow card 'the right call'

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Former Scotland Sevens captain Colin Gregor on Radio Scotland: "Bradbury looked a bit worried there that it could have been a red card. But by the letter of the law, it was above the horizontal, so it is a yellow card."

Sin-bin Edinburgh (Magnus Bradbury)

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Edinburgh surrender their one-man advantage within 43 seconds of the second-half starting.

Magnus Bradbury takes out David Bulbring with a dangerous tip-tackle and is shown the yellow card.

Kick-off - second half under way

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Michael Allen
Michael Allen dives on the loose ball to score Edinburgh's opening try

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NG Dragons 11-6 Zebre

Munster 10-17 Cardiff Blues

Edinburgh 'will take any kind of win'

HT: Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

"When you looked at the Scarlets team-sheet, they looked a decent side but they are playing appallingly. They are giving away more penalties than Edinburgh and that second try was comedy hour. The clearance was awful and they got what they deserved.

"I think Edinburgh got lucky with their opening try. I don't think Michael Allen grounded that ball but it was given anyway. Poor stuff from the officials. 

"There has been little enterprise or ambition and it's been a bit of a grunt-fest. maybe the weather hasn't helped.  But Edinburgh have a decent lead now and if they win this, we can talk about the way they have done it, but with the way they finished last season and the way they started this season, they will take any kind of win to get a bit of confidence and get their season up and running."

Edinburgh flanker John Hardie runs with the ball against the Scarlets
Edinburgh flanker John Hardie was heavily involved on his return to the side


Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Try Edinburgh (Magnus Bradbury)

Edinburgh 20-6 Scarlets

Rhys Patchell's attempted clearance kick is poorly executed, ricochets off an Edinburgh shin and lands in the hands of the gleeful Magnus Bradbury, who strides in for one of the easiest tries he'll ever score.

Weir adds the extras and suddenly Edinburgh are looking good.

Sin-bin Scarlets (Jake Ball)

Edinburgh 13-6 Edinburgh

Scarlets lose Jake Ball to the sin bin after he is adjudged to have taken his opponent out in the air at a line-out.

Edinburgh adventure rewarded

Edinburgh 13-6 Scarlets

Former Scotland Sevens captain Colin Gregor on Radio Scotland: "That ball from Duncan Weir was so well measured, in behind the winger and away from Liam Williams, who couldn't dive on the grenade. A little bit of adventure by Edinburgh is rewarded."  

Edinburgh 13-6 Scarlets

Strong response from the Scarlets as they camp themselves in the Edinburgh 22 and batter at the door of the tryline.

Sterling work from John Hardie at the breakdown right under the posts forces the Welsh side into an infringement which, mercifully for Edinburgh, draws a penalty for the home side. 

Pressure off Edinburgh for now.

Try Edinburgh (Michael Allen)

Edinburgh 13-6 Scarlets

Edinburgh are on the front foot as Tom Brown crashes into the line from a lineout. 

Duncan Weir chips crossfield and Liam Williams fails to gather, allowing Michael Allen to dive on the loose ball to score.

Weir adds a corker of a conversion from the touchline to stretch Edinburgh's lead to seven points.

Penalty (Rhys Patchell)

Edinburgh 6-6 Scarlets

Grant Gilchrist is penalised for holding on and Rhys Patchell ensures Edinburgh's lead is short lived as he fires over a penalty from 30 yards to level things up.

Edinburgh 'testing Scarlets' defence'

Edinburgh 6-3 Scarlets

Former Scotland centre Scott Hastings on BBC Alba: "Edinburgh will take the three points but will be disappointed not to get a five-pointer there. But they showed that when they do get across the gainline, they are testing this Scarlets defence." 

Ghost town in Edinburgh

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

"I've seen some small crowds at Edinburgh home games and this is one of the lowest. It'll be interesting, and a bit grim, to get the official number later on. 

"The move to Myreside can't happen quickly enough."


Penalty (Duncan Weir)

Edinburgh 6-3 Scarlets

Duncan Weir pops over the resulting penalty from close range to edge Edinburgh in front.