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Edinburgh win, Glasgow take Cup

02nd January 2011 19:32

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SKY_MOBILE Tim Visser - Edinburgh

So close: Blair and Visser

Despite putting in an improved effort in 28-17 victory over Glasgow, it was the Warriors who lifted the 1872 Cup.

Following a 12-point defeat at Firhill earlier in the week, Edinburgh knew the size of their task when they ran out for the second leg. Yet they ultimately fell painfully close to lifting the trophy as the visitors held on to celebrate at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh's win came thanks to two outstanding tries from Netani Talei and Tim Visser, with James Thompson adding a late third and David Blair kicking the rest of their points.

Glasgow scored one try, another memorable effort from Robert Harley, while Ruaridh Jackson and Colin Gregor kicked two penalties each. Jackson, though, missed a conversion and two penalties in the first half.

Glasgow made the better start, dominating the opening stages that produced two early penalties driven home from distance by Jackson.

However, the second 10 minutes of the game yielded two stunning tries from the home side that propelled them into a 12-6 lead by the 20-minute mark.

Magners League top try scorer Visser had a hand in both.

The first stemmed from a lineout with Visser coming off his wing to carve up centre field before putting Number 8 Talei under the bar for Blair to convert.

Seven minutes, later Talei attacked off a scrum in his own half and the flowing move ended with Visser, who had never previously scored against Glasgow, touching down for his ninth of the season. Blair was off target with the conversion on this occasion.

Glasgow had the better of the period up to half-time, clawing back five points through a fine touchdown by their find of the season, flanker Harley, who finished a move involving Number 8 Richie Vernon and centre Max Evans.

However Jackson could not kick the none-too-difficult conversion and also failed with two penalties.

His opposite number Blair showed him how to do it as the clock passed the 32-minute mark so Edinburgh went in leading 15-11.

The quality of rugby fell away after the restart and it was Edinburgh that benefited as Glasgow were repeatedly penalised by referee Neil Paterson. This kept Glasgow pinned in their half and two Blair penalties widened the gap to 21-11.

Glasgow found another gear in the closing stages, though, with the pressure rewarded with a pair of penalties from Gregor that made for a tight finish until Thompson's breakaway in stoppage time settled the issue

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Talei, Visser, Thompson
Con: Blair 2
Pen: Blair 3

For Glasgow:
Tries: Harley
Pen: Jackson 2, Gregor 2

Edinburgh : 15 Jim Thompson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 John Houston, 11 Tim Visser, 10 David Blair, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Roddy Grant (c), 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Craig Hamilton, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements:16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 David Young, 19 Steven Turnbull, 20 Scott Newlands, 21 Mike Blair, 22 Nick De Luca, 23 Simon Webster.

Glasgow: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Hefin O'Hare, 13 Max Evans, 12 Peter Murchie, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Colin Gregor, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 John Barclay, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Alastair Kellock (c), 4 Richie Gray, 3 Moray Low, 2 Fergus Thomson, 1 Jon Welsh.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Kevin Tkachuk, 19 Aly Muldowney, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Federico Aramburu

Referee: Neil Paterson

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