European Challenge Cup: London Irish 14-37 Edinburgh

Luke Crosbie
Luke Crosbie's late try put clear daylight between the sides
European Challenge Cup
London Irish (11) 14
Try: Hoskins Pens: Brophy Clews 3
Edinburgh (20) 37
Tries: Hoyland, Rasolea 2, Ritchie, Crosbie Cons: Tovey, Hidalgo-Clyne 2 Pens: Hidalgo-Clyne 2

Junior Rasolea scored twice in the first half as Edinburgh ran in five tries in a comfortable European Challenge Cup win at London Irish.

Damien Hoyland stretched over for the game's first try and Rasolea raced clear to put the Scots 12-3 ahead.

Irish got their only score through Ollie Hoskins but Rasolea crossed out wide to keep Edinburgh well in charge.

The hosts had Conor Gilsenan sin-binned while tries from Jamie Ritchie and Luke Crosbie added gloss to the scoreline.

Pro14 side Edinburgh, managed by former Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill, conceded just three second-half points from the boot of Theo Brophy Clews.

The Scottish side top Pool Four after the first round of fixtures, with Russian club Krasny Yar pulling off a surprise 34-29 victory over holders Stade Francais in the other game in the group.

London Irish: Ransom; Cokanasiga, Fowlie, Williams, Ojo (capt); Brophy Clews, Meehan; Elrington, Woolstencroft, Hoskins, Lloyd, McNally, Northcote-Green, Gilsenan, Lomidze.

Replacements: Gleave, Smallbone, Chawatama, Cooke, Curtis-Harris, Steele, Atkins, Loader.

Edinburgh: Bryce; Fife, Dean, Rasolea, Hoyland; Tolvey, Hidalgo-Clyne; Dell, McInally, Berghan, McKenzie (capt), Toolis, Ritchie, Hardie, Du Preez.

Replacements: Cochrane, Marfo, Nel, Gilchrist, Crosbie, Fowles, Brown, Harries.

Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)

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