Glasgow steal the derby spoils

27th Dec 2009, 20:16

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Dan Parks: Precision boot

Dan Parks: Precision boot

Glasgow have taken the annual Christmas Scottish derby in the Magners League with an impressive 25-12 win over Edinburgh at Firhill.

Glasgow have taken the annual Christmas Scottish derby in the Magners League with an impressive 25-12 win over Edinburgh at Firhill.

The win sees Glasgow sitting proudly atop the Magners League heading into 2010, and also saw Dan Parks become the first man to score 1,000 points in the Magners League.

Glasgow dominated from the third minute when Dan Parks' kick to the corner set up the field position for his first penalty.

Chris Paterson equalised a couple of minutes later but in the 10th minute the crowd rose to applaud Parks' second penalty which meant he broke the 1,000-point benchmark.

With all the territory and possession, Glasgow still had to rely on the boot of Parks to keep them in the lead, four first half penalties and a drop goal taking Glasgow in 15-12 ahead. Paterson replied with four penalties for the visitors.

With Richie Vernon and Thom Evans held up short and only the video referee denying Jon Welsh a touchdown, Glasgow came close to grabbing the first try.

But with David Callam and Scott Newlands putting in the big hits in the Edinburgh defence, Glasgow were unable to go over in the opening 40 minutes and it was not until seven minutes into the second half that the touchdown finally came.

Vernon had terrorised the Edinburgh defence throughout the first half and from a scrum on the 22, the Glasgow number eight spun out of a couple of tackles to grab the game breaking try.

Parks slotted the conversion from the touchline then stretched the lead with his fifth successful penalty before the visitors finally came to life.

Pounding the Glasgow line for 10 minutes however brought nothing as John Barclay, Vernon and Kelly Brown kept the Glasgow line intact.

A Paterson penalty miss 10 minutes from time summed up the Edinburgh afternoon and there was no way an unimaginative attack was going to unpick a solid Glasgow defence in the final few minutes when they had to run every penalty into an unbreachable wall.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Try: Vernon
Con: Parks
Pens: Parks 5
Drop goal: Parks

For Edinburgh:
Pens: Paterson 4

Glasgow: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Max Evans, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Thom Evans, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 John Barclay, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Alastair Kellock, 3 Moray Low, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Jon Welsh
Replacements: 16 Fergus Thomson, 17 Kevin Tkachuk, 18 Dan Turner, 19 Johnnie Beattie, 20 Mark McMillan, 21 Colin Gregor, 22 Hefin O'Hare.

Edinburgh: 15 Chris Paterson (capt), 14 John Houston, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 Nick De Luca, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Scott Newlands, 7 Roddy Grant, 6 Alan MacDonald, 5 Scott MacLeod, 4 Steve Turnbull, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen
Replacements: 16 Sean Crombie 17 Kyle Traynor 18 Craig Hamilton 19 Fraser McKenzie 20 Ross Samson 21 Mark Robertson 22 Jim Thompson.

Referee: Neil Paterson
Assistant referees: Iain Heard, Alan Forrest
Assessor: Fergus Neil
Television match official: Jim Yuille