December 27, 2009
Glasgow Warriors 25 - 12 Edinburgh
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Sunday December 27th 2009 | 4 comments
Richie's first try for Glasgow helped secure the win Glasgow have won the first leg of the Greaves Sports 1872 Cup at Firhill today, taking a comfortable 13-point lead against Edinburgh.
Glasgow will go into 2010 as Magners League leaders after beating Edinburgh at Firhill on Sunday afternoon.
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 became the first man to reach 1000 points in the Magners League.
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.
thought glasgow dominated the game. Will be disappointed not to have won by more and to have given away so many penalties, though in saying that the referee was terrible, not allowing glasgow to compete for the ball at the ruck and constantly penalising glasgow at the scrum despite the fact that edinburgh were constantly hitting early.
Good win but we should have put more points on the board. Richie Vernon was immense and fully deserved his MOTM award.
Record crowd for a home game, 8,830, would be good to see an average of 8000 at every game.
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