|Glasgow Warriors: (10) 16|
|Try: Dempsey. Pens: J Horn, Jordan 2; Deceive: J Horn|
|Edinburgh: (0) 10|
|Try: Boyle. pen: Van der Walt Deceive: Bovely|
Glasgow Warriors put an end to their old rivals with a narrow victory over Edinburgh at Scotston in the United Rugby League.
Jack Dempsey got his legs swollen with power on the try line as the Warriors built a 10-point halftime lead.
Edinburgh’s improvement in the second half was marked by Conor Boyle, who cleared two players off the field after a run.
Two penalties in the second half of the clash with Tom Jordan helped Glasgow progress in the first leg of the 1872 Cup.
The two sides meet again in a week’s time at Murrayfield, with Edinburgh feeling they can overturn their six-point advantage to retain the old trophy.
You travel to these matches between Scotland’s two biggest hopefuls more than expecting a match to warm Cockles. And given the weather – partly cold and wet – we could have done badly with one of those.
There have been classics between these two in the past, some real showrunners. This, unfortunately, was not among them.
Early rain tempered the adventurous type of rugby both sides love to play. As a result, he was more of a beast than a beauty.
Edinburgh had two chances to get ahead early on, both with the boot on, and both missed by the infallible Emiliano Povigli.
Neither was easy – one flying wide, the other hitting the post – but for a scorer of this unmistakable accuracy, they were eminently kickable. She was almost shocked when he failed to hit them.
From then on – the second penalty came in the 13th minute – Glasgow took over. They didn’t exactly cut Edinburgh to ribbons, but they controlled it. They set up camp inside 22nd Edinburgh and force visitors to abuse to survive.
The penalties poured in, Glasgow went for touch, and on the third time of order they were gone, Dempsey flicked across Chris Dean to score. Horn added the conversion to make it 7-0. Points, in the end.
Dean left the ruckus shortly after when he was reeling to his feet after a powerful jab from Sione Tuipulotu. Dean was away and there was no messing about. It was an example of how to remove a weak player from the action while demonstrating what a physically brutal sport can be.
More Glasgow pressure and more Edinburgh penalties saw Horn strike another kick just before the break. Glasgow led by 10. The least they deserve, but it wasn’t epic.
Edinburgh gave nothing in their opening 40, so if they can successfully put one foot in front of the other with the ball in hand in the second half, it will be an improvement.
They had a lot about them early in the new half, as James Lang made a clean break and handed it to previously unknown Doohan van der Merwe.
Had he pinned his ears back and run through contact, he might have made it close to the try line. Instead, he turned inside and missed the opportunity. But not for long.
Edinburgh took it back, fired a bunch of hits and Boyle was gone. Poveli found his magic touch with the diversion. Only three points in it now.
It was tricky and full of bugs but fiercely competitive. Glasgow extended their lead when they won a penalty near the Edinburgh 5-metre line, a decision that sparked euphoria among the strikers at home. Jordan put it up.
The game winning kick came with six minutes left. Having weathered a storm and capsized Glasgow, Edinburgh was captured and recaptured again.
It was Ben Muncaster who dallied, opting to stick the ball in his own 22 rather than feed Van der Merwe out. Enter the big JP du Preez as a super monster truck. Du Preez struck Moncaster with a vengeance, forcing the back row to hold. Glasgow penalty, set up by Jordan.
Edinburgh recovered to snatch a losing bonus point when Van der Walt fired home a penalty late from the halfway line. First blood in 1872 in the Glasgow Cup. And a continuation of the fun race to win.
Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Peter Horn: “We’re confused. It was pretty sloppy, but the derby has never been as glamorous as you hope it can be.”
“It was a great ending [from Jack Dempsey]And it motivated us a bit.
“We’ve brought in more flexibility. That has shone in the last few weeks. It’s really satisfying. It’s about wanting, being technically sound and looking after the ball.
“I am pleased to [brother George Horne]. He was injured, so it’s great to see him doing well.”
Edinburgh coach Mike Blair: “We are disappointed. I felt we hadn’t fired a shot in the game. Glasgow came out with more determination at the start, showing really good physicality.
“We ran the game well into the wind and put ourselves in a position with the breeze behind us and only three points in it. It was our time to move on but Glasgow made more of their chances than we did.
“At half-time we talked about what it takes to win a derby. It’s not always flashy rugby. It’s in the moment, and making good decisions at the right time.
“We didn’t show ourselves until the last two minutes when we were playing with desperation. We have to be confident in what we’re trying to do, proactive, not wait until we have to do something. We got one point from it, which isn’t great but it’s something.”
Glasgow Warriors: McKay, Cancelleri, Tuipoloto, McDowell, Stein (C), Jordan, J Horn; Bhatti, Brown, Surdoni, Mangizi, R Gray, Fagerson, Villano, Dempsey.
Alternatives: Turner, Walker, Bergan, Du Preez, Bean, Price, Meotti.
Edinburgh: Patterson, Boveli, Lange, Dean, Van der Merwe, Savala, Vellacott; Schoemann, Cruz, Neil, Young, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Boyle, Mata.
Alternatives: Harrison, Venter, Williams, Sykes, Moncaster, Burgos, Van der Walt, Scott.
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