Greig Laidlaw forced off in Edinburgh’s Hawick win

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Edinburgh 15 Newcastle Falcons 5

Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw was forced off with a leg injury in his side’s 15-5 win over English Premiership team Newcastle Falcons tonight in front of a huge Hawick crowd.

Over 4,000 watched the friendly at Mansfield Park as scrum half Laidlaw bagged three penalties before he was substituted for Sean Kennedy at the start of the second half.

With Edinburgh’s RaboDirect PRO12 opener at Munster next Saturday, there will be fears the Jedburgh star could miss the match.

Laidlaw said: “I picked up a little knock in my leg and we will see how it is in the morning.”

Of the Falcons match, he added: “It was a tough game as I knew it would be. Newcastle have just come up to the Premiership but we stuck to our guns and got the win so I’m over the moon.”

Laidlaw put his side 9-0 up at the break after a first half Edinburgh dominated without managing to breakthrough a Falcons side which contained Hawick’s own Scott MacLeod in its pack and a number of other Scots.

The onlooking Scotland coach Scott Johnston saw Newcastle and Scotland hooker Scott Lawson come off injured while Edinburgh’s Izak van der Westhuizen was stretchered off.

Newcastle were the better side in the second period and after a ten minute period inside Edinburgh’s 22, in which the home side lost Nick De Luca to the sin bin, Phil Godman finally squeezed over for a try which he failed to convert.

However, Piers Francis knocked over two more penalties to ensure new Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons enjoyed his first win.

But Edinburgh will have to find a cutting edge in attack if they are to trouble Munster next weekend.

Laidlaw added: “It is great to hear the size of the crowd - it is brilliant news for us. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the win.

“It was tough with the wind but I have to thank both the people of the Borders and the people who came down from Edinburgh for coming to the match.”