Edinburgh edge Glasgow Warriors in Scottish derby
PRO14 REPORT: Edinburgh bounced back from successive Guinness PRO14 defeats by edging Scottish neighbours Glasgow Warriors 10-7 in the latest edition of the 1872 Cup in the Scottish capital.
In a match full of bruising hits and enticing end-to-end play, home No.10 Jaco van der Walt opened the scoring deep into the second half before replacement Magnus Bradbury went over for the afternoon’s first try 11 minutes from time.
Lewis Bean’s late score gave Glasgow hope of a dramatic comeback win, but Danny Wilson’s men were unable to add to their tally before referee Sam Grove-White blew the final whistle.
The result marks just the second win for Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield since February, while defeat for Warriors leaves them with just one win away from home since August.
It was a breathless start at Scottish Rugby HQ as both sides enjoyed possession in the opening stages, Richie Gray impressing with three early carries for the visitors as they looked to gain crucial territory.
A knock-on from Ratu Tagive surrendered ground to the hosts on the ten-minute mark, but despite enjoying a sustained period of pressure – in which they repeatedly opted against kicking for three points – Edinburgh were unable to breach the away backline.
Huw Jones reminded Edinburgh of the threat possessed by Glasgow with a darting run in the 27th minute, initiating the opportunity for Brandon Thomson to open the scoring, only for the 25-year-old’s penalty effort to go wide of the mark.
As the clock ticked towards half-time both teams were guilty of errors in their attempts to gain the advantage, and although Warriors ended the first period on the front foot strong Edinburgh defence ensured the match remained scoreless at the break.
Glasgow continued their good work in the early part of the second half with Tagive doing well to knock Blair Kinghorn into touch and pin Edinburgh towards their own try-line, yet more determined play from Richard Cockerill’s men saw them escape unharmed.
Following a spell in which both teams saw lots of the ball without reward, a clever kick from Henry Pyrgos and good work from Hamish Watson and Darcy Graham piled the pressure on the away side, and Edinburgh were eventually awarded a penalty in the 65th minute.
Fly-half van der Walt stepped up to earn his team a slender lead with just over quarter-of-an-hour to go, and four minutes later the Scotland international latched onto a loose ball and paved the way for Bradbury to go over for the game’s first try.
Bean got Glasgow on the board with a powerful drive at the death, but Edinburgh held on to earn a valuable win ahead of the teams’ next meeting on Friday night.
Cons: vd Walt
Pen: vd Walt
Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Henry Pyrgos (co-captain), 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Jamie Hodgson, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally (co-captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Nathan Chamberlain, 23 James Johnstone.
Glasgow Warriors: 15 Huw Jones, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Ratu Tagive, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Tom Gordon, 6 Ryan Wilson (captain), 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Aki Seiuli.
Replacements: 16 Johnny Mathews, 17 George Thornton, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Lewis Bean, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Jamie Dobbie, 22 Ross Thompson, 23 Glenn Bryce.
Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
Assistant Referees: Ben Blain, Hollie Davidson (both SRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)