Planet Rugby

Glasgow wrap up derby win

26th April 2014 20:26

Share:

Glasgow Warriors cruised to a 37-34 victory over inter-city rivals Edinburgh at Scotstoun, bagging a crucial bonus point that takes them to within touching distance of a home PRO12 semi-final.

The Warriors moved up to second-place in the league table on Saturday, and were seldom troubled - Edinburgh scored two tries in the final five minutes to secure both a losing and four-try bonus point.

This game, rearranged from almost five months ago, rolled around with the two Scottish pro-teams in very different situations. While Edinburgh's slow upturn in fortunes under Alan Solomons petered out thanks to several abysmal losses to Treviso and Zebre, Glasgow are very much the form side in the PRO12, having downed title rivals Munster and Ulster in previous weeks.

Finn Russell, widely touted as Scotland's Great White Hope at fly-half, kicked 12 points from inside centre, converting Peter Murchie's try and adding a brace of penalties as the hosts took a commanding early lead.

Edinburgh showed good resolve to hit back soon after, though, with Willem Nel burrowing his way over in the corner, and Greig Laidlaw in impressive form with the boot to haul the capital outfit into the match.

Ruaridh Jackson, departing to Wasps at the end of the season, snuck over in the opposite corner after a cute dummy and stretch for the line, before another promising Scottish back, Mark Bennett, powered his way home for try number three.

His opposite number, Matt Scott, was not to be outdone, however, as he continued his role as a rare bright spark for Edinburgh this season, dotting down to again reduce the deficit.

Glasgow remained dominant dominant after the break, with Murchie ghosting over the line to notch the bonus point, and flanker Rob Harley finishing off a fine piece of play from substitute Richie Vernon.

Edinburgh's consolation, and the losing bonus point came in the dying embers of the match, with Leonardi forcing his way over from the base of a ruck before Tim Visser broke away to score with the last play of the match. Laidlaw converted both scores with impressive accuracy, but in truth, the scoreline flattered Alan Solomons' side.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Tries: Murchie 2, Jackson, Bennett, Harley
Cons: Russell 3
Pens: Russell 2

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Nel, Scott, Leonardi, Visser
Cons: Laidlaw 4
Pens: Laidlaw 2
Yellow cards: van der Westhuizen (high tackle), Coman (not rolling away)

The teams:

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

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

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Neil Paterson (Scotland), Graeme Marshall (Scotland)
Television match official: Jim Yuille (Scotland)
Assessor: Gordon McMurray (Scotland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
Exeter vs WaspsExeter vs Wasps Preview
London Irish vs BathLondon Irish vs Bath Preview
Sunday , November 23
Saracens vs NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Preview
London Welsh vs Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Preview
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 22
Italy vs South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Preview
Scotland vs TongaScotland vs Tonga Preview
Romania vs CanadaRomania vs Canada Preview
Ireland vs AustraliaIreland vs Australia Preview
Wales vs New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Preview
England vs SamoaEngland vs Samoa Preview
France vs ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Preview
Sunday , November 23
Georgia vs JapanGeorgia vs Japan Preview
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , November 23
Treviso vs LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Preview
Edinburgh vs Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Preview
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle FalconsBath vs Newcastle Falcons Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Romania 13 - 18 JapanRomania vs Japan Report
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
France 29 - 26 AustraliaFrance vs Australia Report
Scotland 16 - 24 New ZealandScotland vs New Zealand Report
Tonga 40 - 12 USATonga vs USA Report
Wales 17 - 13 FijiWales vs Fiji Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 14
Gloucester 15 - 22 HarlequinsGloucester vs Harlequins Report
Northampton 18 - 24 ExeterNorthampton vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 18 - 20 ArgentinaItaly vs Argentina Report
Canada 13 - 23 SamoaCanada vs Samoa Report
More International Match results
LV= Cup
Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets
Ospreys 35 - 51 DragonsOspreys vs Dragons Report
Sunday , November 9
Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish
More LV= Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton726
2Exeter724
3Bath724
4Saracens724
5Wasps720