CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Edinburgh showing how it's done

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SEEING Edinburgh sitting in sixth spot in the RaboDirect Pro12 table adds to the frustration of Newport Gwent Dragons’ failure to add to the five point earned against Zebre in round one.

The side from the Scottish capital have played the same opponents as the Rodney Parade region – Munster, Cardiff Blues, Zebre and Leinster.

Not only did they swat the Italian minnows aside at Murrayfield but they earned bonus points against the two Irish heavyweights and turned over the Blues.

It means that Edinburgh, who finished 11th last season, are turning a few heads in the first month of the season.

Meanwhile the Dragons have failed to catch the eye and have left themselves with no room for error tomorrow evening.

The performance against the Blues meant it was right to praise the Dragons for their performance in Limerick last weekend.

But it’s all relative; the Dragons were still given a 20-point tuning and failed to earn a bonus point, it’s just that the bar had been set incredibly low after their display against their Welsh rivals.

The history of the fixtures would suggest that par for the Dragons would have been nine points going into this weekend’s game.

The Blues loss is the only real blot on their copybook but Edinburgh’s pair of bonuses have hammered home the point that every little helps in the standings.

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