|Pro 14: Edinburgh v Southern Kings|
|Edinburgh (26) 38|
|Tries: Fife, Graham 2, Sutherland, Berghan, Fenton Cons: Hickey 4|
|Southern Kings (0) 0|
Edinburgh recorded a bruising bonus-point win over Southern Kings at Murrayfield to surge into second in Pro14 Conference B.
Dougie Fife, Darcy Graham (twice) and Rory Sutherland crossed before the break to secure the four-try bonus.
Prop Simon Berghan and hooker Cameron Fenton made it six tries in total for the hosts, who were rarely troubled.
The win lifted Edinburgh up from fifth and into a play-off spot, but they trail leaders Leinster by 19 points.
Four teams in Conference B have now won seven matches, with Edinburgh’s lead over Ulster in fifth only two points.
Richard Cockerill’s side travel to Toulon next in the European Champions Cup as they aim to reach the knockout phase.
Clinical Edinburgh continue momentum
Southern Kings had one of the worst defensive records in the Pro14 before this round of fixtures, despite having played fewer games than most of the other sides in the competition.
Although Edinburgh made 11 changes from their victory over Glasgow, it looked to be a long night for the South African side from the first minute.
Fife got the scoring under way after three minutes. The Pro14’s top try-scorer, Duhan van der Merwe, burst through on an inside line and teed up the full-back to touch down.
Then minutes later Graham dived over in the right-hand corner after Jamie Ritchie flicked on Simon Hickey’s looping pass, and the winger grabbed a second on the opposite side with Hickey once again the provider.
The Kings steadied themselves well, not conceding the fourth try until first-half over-time when Sutherland squeezed over.
With the match all but won and key European Champions Cup matches against Toulon and Montpellier on the horizon, Edinburgh dropped their intensity after the interval, and some key players – such as Viliame Mata – were replaced.
But the tries kept coming. Prop Berghan crashed through from close range for the first of his career after sustained pressure, and replacement hooker Fenton finished off a flowing move.
Fenton’s fellow substitute Charlie Shiel provided the decisive offload as part of an impressive cameo at scrum-half.
Edinburgh have won their past four games, and have eight wins from eight in all competitions at home this season.
The Kings’ shock victory at home to Glasgow in September remains their only league win.
Edinburgh: Fife, Graham, Taylor, Socino, Van der Merwe, Hickey, Fowles, Sutherland, Ford, Berghan, McKenzie, Hunter-Hill, Ritchie, Crosbie, Mata.
Replacements: Fenton, Schoeman, Ceccarelli, Toolis, Miller, Shiel, Van der Walt, Johnstone.
Southern Kings: Tshakweni, Van Rooyen, Scholtz, Greeff, Astle, Velleman, Lerm, Burger, Ungerer, Du Toit, Kruger, H.Klaasen, Makase, Penxe, Banda.
Replacements: Willemse, Oosthuizen, Pupuma, Mtyanda, Van Schalkwyk, Pretorious, B.Klaasen, Dukisa.