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Edinburgh just about snap 4 game losing streak against Zebre

Zebre's Franco Smith Jr looks dejected at full time during a United Rugby Championship match between Edinburgh and Zebre Parma at DAM Health Stadium, on January 07, 2023, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Edinburgh brought a run of four BKT United Rugby Championship defeats to an end with a last-minute try from Patrick Harrison helping them to a 24-17 win over Zebre Parma.


Harrison’s late try enabled Edinburgh to secure the bonus point and get their season back on track.

Charlie Shiel, Jack Blain and Connor Boyle also crossed for the hosts, with Blair Kinghorn adding a pair of conversions.

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Simone Gesi scored a pair of tries for Zebre and Tiff Eden also went over, with Eden adding a conversion.

Zebre, bottom of the table after losing all 11 previous outings, began brightly, only to be thwarted by a home defence in which Sam Skinner was especially effective.

The lock was also an influential figure in attack, and it was his clean catch from a lineout that led to Edinburgh breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first quarter.

The subsequent drive went deep into the Italian 22 before reaching an impasse but Boyle popped up from deep within the melee to feed Shiel, and the scrum-half had just enough space in which to dive over the line in the right corner.


Kinghorn missed the conversion attempt, but two minutes later, Edinburgh had their second try.

Some steady pressure in midfield put Zebre on the back foot, and eventually number eight Nick Haining broke down the right before providing the scoring pass for Blain.

Zebre lost Gesi to the sinbin for a deliberate knock-on, but ended the half on the offensive, then opened their account early in the second 40 through the winger himself.

Too many Edinburgh defenders had been dragged into central defence as the Zebre attack tried to force their way over the line, and when the ball came back out, the winger had acres of space in which to dot down.



With half an hour to play, Gesi struck again. Edinburgh failed to defend the narrow side at a lineout, scrum-half Allesandro Fusco broke, and the winger was up in support to collect the pass and slide over. Eden’s second miss left the score tied at 10-10.

Then, with less than 15 minutes to go, Zebre took the lead thanks to some slack defence. Picking up from the base of a scrum, stand-off Eden slipped through a gap then evaded Harry Paterson to score between the posts before adding the two points.

Edinburgh hit back within a minute. A penalty to touch was driven, and Boyle finished off a simple score. Kinghorn’s conversion made it 17-17.

In the dying minutes the home team were awarded two kickable penalties but went for touch both times only to fail to finish off.

When they got a scrum in front of the posts, however, they did get over the line, with substitute Harrison finishing off. Kinghorn’s drop-kicked conversion was the last kick of the match.


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