Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh Rugby, Sat, 26/04/2014 - 19:05

Edinburgh Rugby were unable to overturn the deficit needed to claim the 1872 Cup this evening, going down 37-34 to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.

It was a hugely entertaining contest for the neutral, containing nine tries, but Alan Solomons’ side paid the price for a poor start, despite a comeback in the latter stages which saw the visitors claim two losing bonus points.

Match Report...

The home side made the better of the early exchanges, with Warriors forwards Jonny Gray and Rob Harley carrying into the Edinburgh Rugby 22, before the hosts were rewarded with a fourth-minute penalty that allowed Finn Russell to open the scoring and give the home side a 3-0 lead.

Gregor Townsend’s side benefitted from the referee’s whistle in the opening stages and were back into the visitors’ red-zone moments later, after Mathieu Raynal penalised the Edinburgh Rugby pack.

Tommy Seymour put the Warriors on the front foot with a powerful run before they used a man advantage out wide to put full-back Peter Murchie over in the corner.

Russell was off-target with the conversion, but Alan Solomons’ side were 8-0 down inside the first quarter of an hour.

Raynal penalised the visitors again shortly after for not releasing, allowing Russell a third shot at the uprights.

He made no mistake from straight in front and gave the hosts a 11-0 lead.

However, Solomons’ charges re-grouped and got themselves into the match thanks to great work by full-back Jack Cuthbert and returning captain Greig Laidlaw, who broke into the Warriors’ 22.

Their break allowed prop Willem Nel to cap his 50th appearance with a try - his 9th for the club - which was well converted by Laidlaw for 11-7.

The visitors thought they had a second try, only for Andries Strauss’ effort to be denied by the TMO with a foot just in touch.

Despite the try being disallowed, the referee was playing advantage, and Laidlaw made it a one-point game from the resulting penalty (11-10).

In an end-to-end encounter, the hosts were next to strike as a scything break by centre Mark Bennett allowed stand-off Ruaridh Jackson to sneak over in the corner.

Visiting lock Izak Van Der Westhuizen was sent to the sin-bin in the process, the referee deeming that his tackle on Bennett was high.

The visitors took the ball up the middle, with Visser and Scott to the fore, as they made inroads into the Warriors’ defence.

Raynal penalised the home side at the ruck, which allowed Laidlaw to make it 16-13 with five minutes until half time.

On the stroke of the break, though, the hosts crossed for their third try.

Instrumental in the second, Bennett was this time the scorer, benefiting from some hard yards by the Warriors pack.

HALF-TIME: Glasgow Warriors 23-13 Edinburgh Rugby

The visitors had their pack power reduced once again, shortly after the restart, with Mike Coman the second Edinburgh Rugby forward to spend time in the sin-bin.

After several phases of forward play, the home side went wide and scored their fourth try through Murchie.

The Edinburgh Rugby pack laid the foundations for the visitors’ second try as Willem Nel crept to within a metre of the Warriors’ line.

That allowed Matt Scott to crash over for his fourth try in as many games, after the Scotland internationalist showed some great footwork, before Laidlaw’s quick conversion made it a 10-point game at 30-20.

There was a dramatic finale in store for the 8,855 crowd at Scotstoun.

First Rob Harley sealed victory for the Warriors as he rounded off a break by replacement Richie Vernon for the hosts’ fifth try.

The visitors rallied though, and secured two points thanks to a late brace. 

Firstly, winger Visser capitalised on a Warriors mistake at the kick-off to go close, before replacement back-row Tomas Leonardi crashed over to reduce the arrears with his first dot for the Murrayfield men. 

Then, flying Visser was on hand to run-in from the half, after great work by Cornell Du Preez made the most of an overlap out wide. 

Laidlaw added both conversions, but time had run out and gave Glasgow the victory.

Full-time: Glasgow Warriors (23) 37-34 (13) Edinburgh Rugby

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Finn Russell, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Chris Cusiter; 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Dougie Hall, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Jonny Gray, 5 Al Kellock (captain), 6 Rob Harley, 7 Chris Fusaro, 8 Josh Strauss. Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur (on for Hall, 50’), 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa (on for Grant, 68'), 18 Moray Low (on for Welsh, 60’) 19 Leone Nakarawa (on for Kellock 60’), 20 Ryan Wilson (on for Fusaro, 60’), 21 Niko Matawalu (on for Cusiter, 60’), 22 Duncan Weir (on for Jackson, 71', 23 Richie Vernon (on for Bennett, 71')

Edinburgh Rugby: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Tom Brown, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain); 1 Alasdair Dickinson, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Willem Nel, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Izak Van Der Westhuizen, 6 Mike Coman, 7 Cornell Du Preez, 8 David Denton. Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand  (on for Ford, 74'), 17 Wicus Blaauw (on for Dickinson, 74'), 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Ben Toolis (on for Coman, 75'), 20 Tomas Leonardi (on for Van Der Westhuizen, 50’), 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Sam Beard (on for Strauss, 50’)

Team lineups

Glasgow Warriors
Edinburgh Rugby

Backs

15 Peter Murchie
14 Sean Maitland
13 Mark Bennett
12 Finn Russell
11 Tommy Seymour
10 Ruaridh Jackson
9 Chris Cusiter

Backs

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Forwards

1 Ryan Grant
2 Dougie Hall
3 Jon Welsh
4 Jonny Gray
5 Al Kellock
6 Rob Harley
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Josh Strauss

Substitutes

16 Pat MacArthur
17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa
18 Moray Low
19 Leone Nakarawa
20 Ryan Wilson
21 Niko Matawalu
22 Duncan Weir
23 Richie Vernon

Substitutes

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Attendance: 
8 855
Man of the match: 
Jon Welsh