Glasgow Warriors V Edinburgh
Edinburgh fell to a disappointing defeat in tonight’s 1872 Cup third leg as Glasgow ran in four tries to condemn the capital side to fifth place in Guinness PRO14 Conference B.
The result means that Edinburgh finish below Benetton and Scarlets and miss out on both the Final Series as well as the fourth-place play-off for Heineken Champions Cup qualification.
In truth, the capital side never got going and were well behind at the half as Glasgow held a considerable and deserved 20-3 lead at the break.
And although Edinburgh enjoyed a period of dominance to start the second period which saw the forward pack make a series of breaks for the Glasgow whitewash, the hosts eventually went further ahead through tries from wingers Niko Matawalu and Tommy Seymour.
Speaking following the match, Head Coach Richard Cockerill gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance.
“Glasgow played very well. They’re a good team and we looked nowhere near like we were going to be in the game tonight.
“Hats off to Dave and the Glasgow boys because they deserved the victory and they looked good in all phases of the match. We wish them well in the Semi-Final.
“We’re still a team that is developing and you could see that tonight. I think the season has taken its toll on us with regards to injuries and we’ll have to see how we get on with regards to the boys’ recoveries.
“Tonight unfortunately wasn’t our night and Glasgow deserved their win.”
Glasgow opened the scoring after only two minutes as Adam Hastings tapped over a simple penalty [3-0]. The hosts soon added to that early lead as Scotland centre Sam Johnson finished of a well-constructed backline attack.
With Matawalu breaking out wide, the ball was fed to Johnson who showed nimble footwork to outstep the onrushing Edinburgh defence [10-0].
Edinburgh would get on the scoresheet soon after via stand-off Simon Hickey’s well struck three-pointer [10-3], but that was to be as close as the capital side got to Glasgow’s lead.
The hosts then struck again through Ali Price on 18 minutes. With Hogg making a break in midfield, the scrum-half ran a neat support line to gather and dot down under the sticks [17-3].
Hastings would add a further penalty to make it 20-3 at the break.
Edinburgh began the second-half reinvigorated and after Duhan van der Merwe made a strong break down the touchline, the capital side enjoyed a prolonged period of dominance inside the Glasgow 22m.
That intent would lead to nothing, however, as the capital side’s pack failed to breach Glasgow’s goal line defence.
And Glasgow would make Edinburgh pay as Niko Matawalu finished off a sweeping backline attack that saw the Scotstoun outfit manoeuvre the ball from 22m to 22m [27-3].
Edinburgh would have a number of players go off injured including Scotland internationals Stuart McInally, Mark Benett and Henry Pyrgos and that added further disruption to the encounter.
Glasgow then finished the match with a bonus-point securing try which saw Tommy Seymour dive over in the corner following searing backline play from Hogg and Price [34-3].
Duhan van der Merwe would grab one at the death to soften the blow, but it the end Glasgow ran out deserved winners at Scotstoun [34-10]