Edinburgh Rugby’s David Denton hails scrummaging

Edinburgh's David Denton, right, keeps possession from former team-mate, Netani Talei, of the Dragons. Picture: SNS
Edinburgh's David Denton, right, keeps possession from former team-mate, Netani Talei, of the Dragons. Picture: SNS
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David Denton believes a cornerstone of an Edinburgh Rugby revival is now being laid after a heartening 16-13 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons to open their home RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign.

Key was an impressive scrum which ultimately heaved the opposition pack off the ball to gain a vital last-gasp penalty kicked by Harry Leonard.

However, the success could be traced back to the five players who shared stints at the heart of the set-piece, according to Denton. “I thought our front-row was incredible. Scrummaging is an eight-man game and we all have to buy into it.

“But it’s led by the front-row and Willem (Nel), Fordy (Ross Ford), Dicko (Alastair Dickinson) and Wicus (Blaauw) really need a shout out for that.

“I think we did deserve it. We worked really hard the whole game, but you don’t always get what you deserve, so it was nice to get that in the end, in an area we dominated.”

Edinburgh had a stroke of fortune when Dragons’ Kris Burton provided a lifeline by kicking a ‘22’ re-start straight into touch to concede the scrum.

“We were lucky they kicked out, but I think we deserved it.

“We have a strong pack and you can see in international rugby strong scrums can win games,” said Denton.