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Newportgwentdragons 11 (11) Edinburgh 9 (6)

There is no-one more dedicated to the Edinburgh jersey than Allan "Chunk" Jacobsen.  He has been sporting the capital brand with distinction since he was a nipper and shows no sign of wanting to do anything different.  The man from the 'Pans has a great attitude and gives 200% at all times.  Now entering the peak years of his propping career, he is much loved by the Embra tifosi. While others make a bit of a song and dance about reaching 100 appearances for the club, Chunk last Friday became its first double centurion.

Yet Edinburgh came away from Rodney Parade with only a losing bonus point from another stuttering performance that was close, but no cigar.  No doubt aided by the addition of ballast provided by "Big" Jim Hamilton, the Edinburgh scrummage provided a solid platform at a venue where the home scrum is generally sound.  Sadly, the visitors were unable to take advantage.  Although tiny playmaker Godman and snake-hipped centre Nick "Inappropriate" de Luca created plenty, the backs were unable to finish.  The closest they got was a controversially disallowed touchdown by Andy "Turny" Turnbull.  Just a bit more accuracy would have given Edinburgh a useful away win where they really should be looking to secure four points.

As it was, only the reliable boot of Chris Paterson troubled the scorers, the full back's penalty the lone score in the second period.  Mossy notched three in all.  Godman and Blair (Minor) both missed dropped goal attempts in the closing stages that would have given Embra the advantage. 

Meanwhile, the unsung Dragons scored the game's only try and held on for a useful win from their perspective.

Edinburgh have endured a poor start in the competition that they must be prioritising this term.  As more players return from injury and the passes begin to stick, one feels that they will again hit the heights.  The Dublin Disaster apart, they have at least secured a bonus from their losses thus far and a try bonus against the Scarlets.

Their next outing is this Friday, at Ravenhill.  Happily, Matt Williams' magic has yet to manifest itself as winless Ulster languish at the foot of the table.   Embra really must get the show back on the road with a win in Belfast.