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Glasgow do the double

02nd January 2010 17:00

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DTH van der Merwe

DTH van der Merwe: Scored the crucial try

Glasgow start 2010 as the toast of Scotland after securing their second win over Edinburgh in as many weeks at Murrayfield on Saturday, 22-15.

The Glaswegians thus win the Greaves Sports 1872 Cup and take themselves, at least temporarily, back to the top of the Magners League.

The result also gave them national bragging rights as they opened up a seven-point lead over Edinburgh, who are slipping steadily away from the top four.

Initially Edinburgh showed an improvement on the form they showed in last week's encounter but by the end they were well beaten, with coach Rob Moffat's side now four games without a try.

Instead, Edinburgh's points were once again all scored by Chris Paterson's boot, while Glasgow touched down in each half through DTH Van Der Merwe and Bernardo Stortoni.

The league's top points scorer, Dan Parks, advanced his own total with three penalties and a drop goal.

There had been doubts Glasgow would be able to field the planned unchanged side from that which had beaten Edinburgh six days previously, however scrum-half Chris Cusiter and hooker Dougie Hall were fit and in place.

Instead it was Edinburgh who were forced into late changes due to a viral infection hitting the camp. Greig Laidlaw, himself a stand-in recently for Scotland cap Mike Blair, was replaced at scrum-half by rookie Ross Samson who was making his Edinburgh debut while on the bench Jim Thompson dropped out with Steve Jones taking his place.

Glasgow made the livelier start, taking a six-point lead within the first eight minutes thanks to the trusty boot of Parks.

The first score was a penalty awarded after Phil Godman threw out a loose pass with the ball hacked into the home 22.

Next, following a line out in the home 22, Parks struck over a drop goal.

Edinburgh were on the back foot but got on to the scoreboard in the ninth minute. Chris Paterson followed up his own up-and-under to turn Stortoni in the tackle and kick the subsequent penalty.

Five minutes later Glasgow confirmed early superiority with a slick, though unconverted, try. The move began with a Max Evans break up centre field and finished with Parks side footing the ball to the left corner where Van Der Merwe touched down for the score.

In the second quarter two Glasgow players ended in the sin bin. First it was Van Der Merwe, who interfered with airborne Mark Robertson, in the 21st minute. Then two minutes from the break Glasgow skipper Alastair Kellock was punished for tackling Samson early at the scrum base.

During the first sin-bin period Paterson and Parks exchanged penalties and into stoppage time Paterson added another to cut Glasgow's lead to 14-9, after some heroic defence had kept the home side at bay.

Kellock had just returned when Glasgow scored their second unconverted try. Richie Vernon forced a five-metre scrum and from the pressure Parks produced a perfect kick for the unmarked Stortoni, who duly touched down.

Glasgow continued to dominate, although Paterson's fourth penalty in the 65th minute kept Edinburgh in bonus-point territory. That seemed to have gone when Parks added his third penalty two minutes later but Paterson secured that consolation for Edinburgh with the last kick of the game.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Pens: Paterson 5

For Glasgow:
Tries: Van der Merwe, Stortoni
Pens: Parks 3
Drop goal: Parks

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

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 (c), 3 Moray Low, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Jon Welsh.
Replacements:tbc

Referee: Peter Allan
Assistant Referees: David Changleng, Ronnie Dumma
TMO: Ian Ramage.

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