Edinburgh Rugby let in two late tries as the Wolfhounds grabbed a dramatic draw at Hive Stadium and leave the Irish side in the driving seat for the Celtic Challenge title.

Edinburgh were in control, but switched off in the last few minutes and were made to pay in front of a crowd of 959 in this play-off game as both teams took three points.

It means that the Wolfhounds on 27 points with Edinburgh on 23.

The Wolfhounds last match is against fellow Irish side Clovers at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast next Saturday and two points or more from that would see them crowned as champions.

Second placed Edinburgh finish against the Clovers on March 3 at Parc Y Scarlets in Wales and now need to rely on a Wolfhounds slip up.

“We are frustrated, ” Edinburgh head coach Claire Cruikshank said.

“We should have wrapped up that game, but we didn’t manage the last 10 minutes well and were punished.”

The Wolfhounds started strongly and they took the lead in the fifth minute when winger Ellen Boylan went over for an unconverted try.

Centre Emma Orr then ran a great line and glided past a couple of defenders to dot down and level things up.

Edinburgh then weathered a Wolfhounds attacking storm and, on the half hour mark, they scored their second try.

It all stemmed from a break down the left from centre Briar McNamara who set up vice-captain Alex Stewart and, eventually skipper Sarah Denholm’s pop pass put Orr in under the posts. Full-back Nicole Marlow converted and it was 12-5.

Just before the interval the Wolfhounds levelled things up. After winning a scrum penalty, they took a quick tap and, after two phases, tight-head Christy Haney powered over. Stand-off Nikki Caughey converted and it was 12-12.

In the 43rd minute Edinburgh scored their third try and it was a cracker. Orr won a turnover around the halfway line, the ball was spun wide and McNamara burst through a gap.

She then fed a pass to winger Cieron Bell who did the rest, showing great pace to go over.

Just after the hour mark, Edinburgh scored the bonus point fourth try.

It came from short range via back-row Stewart, Marlow converting and it was 26-12.

Replacement Linda Djougang then scored a converted try in the 77th minute, followed by one from winger Katie Corrigan in the 79th minute as the Irish side earned a bonus point and a draw.