How did Edinburgh lads do in Scotland Six Nations win?

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Fan's Voice

Sandy Smith, writer on the Burgh Watch

The tweet that Edinburgh Rugby posted after the Wales game said “A Scotland win in Cardiff with three tries from Embra men."

It was factual, but didn’t even begin to reflect what had happened in a match that will live in the place Scots find their fear every time our team steps on the field.

There were seven Edinburgh players in the squad. Five started and there were two on the bench.

Pierre Schoeman had a decent outing. There was control and power aplenty for his try and defensively he put in 14 tackles before being replaced in the 62nd minute.

Duhan van der Merwe unsurprisingly ended round one of this year's Six Nations top of the try-scoring chart thanks to his double, although it was so nearly a hat-trick. His second is definitely going in his showreel alongside the score against England from last year.

Luke Crosbie put in a ton of work and carried the most of any Scots forward. Perhaps lucky not to get carded, he later took a dull one of his own and was replaced in the last 10 minutes.

Jamie Ritchie was a surprise pick with everything that had gone on in the lead up and he was uncharacteristically quiet, but only Matt Fagerson in Scotland colours tackled more than he did.

Ewan Ashman had two spells off the bench - the first as a result of Turner’s crazy maul-collapsing antics and then for the last 10 minutes. He’s very lucky that his overthrow shortly thereafter didn’t lead to anything in those crucial last few minutes.

Sam Skinner was a 31st-minute replacement for the injured Richie Gray. In his 49 minutes he conceded more penalties than anyone else on the field. He did have a couple of lineout steals, but it didn’t feel like his best Scotland outing.

The score was 26-27, a Scotland win. There’s no qualifier, no asterisk, no footnote. Just a win.