Edinburgh issues warning to Lions

Edinburgh are determined to make it an unbeaten tour of South Africa by following up Saturday’s win over the Sharks with a win over the Lions.

Flyhalf Blair Kinghorn crossed for two tries as the Scottish side punished a sloppy 21-5 Sharks performance in torrential rain at Kings Park on Saturday.

The result marked the first home defeat for a South African side in 10 Vodacom United Rugby Championship appearances in the Republic, as Edinburgh bounced back from losing to Glasgow while the Sharks abandoned a hot four-game streak .

Mike Blair’s Edinburgh are about to complete their two-game trip to South Africa against the Lions, who are riding high after demolishing the Ospreys 45-15 on Friday.

“I’m extremely proud of the boys, it was a complete team effort, everyone was so ready for this game,” Edinburgh free forward Ben Muncaster said in a club video.

“The management was really good, they were a tough team but we stayed there and put in an 80 minute performance which was vital.

“The Sharks are known to be extremely good in the last 20 games. There were a few games where they were down after 60 minutes against northern hemisphere teams and in the last 20 they just got away with it.

“We’re really, really happy with this result but we’re going straight to the next game. It’s a two-game tour, it’s not over. The Lions are a very good team and it’s extremely difficult to play in high altitude in Johannesburg.

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Charles P. Patton