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Edinburgh outdone by hard-fighting Fife opposition
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Lewis Mallen
Monday, 06 October, 2008 | 17:47
A hard-fought victory in brutal conditions saw Howe of Fife solidify their position at the top of Scottish Hydro Electric National Leagues Division 1.

The weather proved to be highly influential throughout the match, with both teams struggling with the wet and greasy conditions; however the quality of the pitch remained decent thanks to the diligent work of the Peffermill ground staff.

Edinburgh found themselves on the back foot after the opening exchanges yielded an unconverted try for the visitors. Edinburgh’s response was a well-worked try from Greig Douglas who was driven over from five meters out by an organised forward pack.

The Edinburgh XV then took the lead through a try from full-back Matt Bennet, when he ran in under the posts unopposed courtesy of a botched Fife clearance. Both tries were converted by scrum half Gareth McGonigle to give Edinburgh an early nine-point lead.

The home side continued to apply pressure by winning the battle for field position, however weak first-time tackles allowed Fife to regain composure and take a 14-26 lead into half time.

Edinburgh started the second half well by gaining territorial advantage, resulting in McGonigle running in the university's third try after sustained forward pressure had stretched the visitors' defence.

However, Fife were able to shut out the game with one further unconverted try, leaving Edinburgh ruing a missed opportunity to lift themselves into the top half of the league, in which they currently occupy ninth position.
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