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Try scorer Tom Rees
London Wasps lifted their European campaign at Murrayfield on Friday night thanks to a hard fought victory over Andy Robinson’s Edinburgh side.
The two time Heineken Cup winners followed a win over Newcastle in last week’s Guinness Premiership clash, with a 25-16 scoreline at the home of Scottish rugby, moving to within two points of Pool 2 leaders Leinster after registering their second win of the group stages.
With their international talents back in the fray, England fly-half Danny Cipriani, showed his strength with the boot with a 100% strike rate – accounting for 20 of the 25 points for the visitors.
Cipriani’s international team-mate Tom Rees claimed a late try to seal victory for Wasps after pressure from the home side in the second half had seen Wasps give way to their nine point lead at half time, with Chris Paterson taking full advantage of a series of penalties against the men in black and gold.
Paterson kicked Andy Robinson’s side back into contention before Mark Robertson’s second Heineken Cup try in three games gave the Edinburgh full back an opportunity to hand his side the lead for the first time in the match. Scotland’s leading points scorer didn’t disappoint as he raised the hopes of the Murrayfield faithful with a fourth well-taken kick.
Wasps hit back through a sixth Cipriani penalty and Rees’ converted try, however, to register their first win on the road in this year’s competition.
With the two sides level on four points apiece prior to tonight's encounter, Edinburgh knew that a second Murrayfield victory over Wasps in three years would have taken them above the 2005 and 2007 Heineken Cup winners in the pool and would have given them real hope of making the quarter-final stages for only the second time in their history.
Instead, it is Wasps who go into next weekend’s clash with the more realistic chance of reaching the last eight. With two home matches still to play, including what could be a group-deciding clash with Leinster on the 17th January at Twickenham, Wasps' dream of becoming only the second team to make it a hat-trick of European Crowns could still become a reality next May.