Edinburgh see off Glasgow Warriors

Date published: December 27 2015

Edinburgh won the 1872 Cup opener against Glasgow after they battled past their Scottish rivals 23-11 in the PRO12 on Sunday.

It was an entertaining first-half in which both teams crossed for early tries. Mark Bennett scored an early try for Glasgow before Matt Scott replied with an excellent try for Edinburgh.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was slightly wayward with his kicking in the first-half but managed to land points twice to give the hosts the half-time advantage.

In the second-half a succession of penalties for both sides kept the scoreboard ticking over with Hidalgo-Clyne and Finn Russell in good kicking form. However, man of the match John Hardie's try with ten minutes to go was what killed off Glasgow's resistance.

It was a terrific performance for Edinburgh as they continued their good start to the season, leapfrogging the Warriors into sixth. Meanwhile, last year's champions now sit in seventh having played one less match than their rivals.

Glasgow opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Bennett running through two defenders to touch down for the first try of the match.

Scott levelled scores with a try for the home side in the 12th minute. A fantastic offload from Phil Burleigh gave Scott the chance to run in from 22 yards. Hidalgo-Clyne kicked the conversion to give Edinburgh the lead.

Hidalgo-Clyne scored a penalty in the 31st minute to extend the hosts' lead to five points. Edinburgh took this 10-5 buffer into the half-time break.

After the interval Russell scored a penalty for the Warriors on 47 minutes to cut the deficit. However, Edinburgh hit back, a penalty from Hidalgo-Clyne going over to re-establish the hosts' five point lead.

The succession of penalties continued in the 56th minute, this time it was Russell's turn to kick for the visitors and keep them in touch of the hosts.

Hidalgo-Clyne added another for the hosts in the 59th minute before Hardie scored a try for Edinburgh following a fantastic driving maul ten minutes later. The extras were added by Hidalgo-Clyne to secure a comprehensive victory for Edinburgh.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Scott, Hardie
Con: Hidalgo-Clyne 3
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne 3

For Glasgow:
Try: Bennett
Pen: Russell 2

Edinburgh: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 John Hardie, 6 Mike Coman (c), 5 Alex Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Allan Dell, 18 John Andress, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Andries Strauss.

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Grayson Hart, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Lee Jones.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)