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January 02, 2010

Edinburgh 15 - 22 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Saturday January 2nd 2010 | 7 comments

DTH's first try was just the start Glasgow needed
Glasgow did the Scottish double to 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.

The boot of Dan Parks was the Warriors' most potent weapon as he chipped ahead for DTH van der Merwe to score and for Bernardo Stortoni to catch for a try.

Parks' penalties kept Glasgow ahead and Edinburgh captain Chris Paterson kicked five penalties for the dejected hosts.

Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat was able to include Jim Hamilton in the team for the second leg of the 1872 Cup, after the Scotland lock had been out for four months with patella tendonitis.

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.

Kyle Traynor, flanker Alan MacDonald and winger Mark Robertson also came in, while Glasgow were unchanged for the second leg of the annual inter-city contest.

As expected, there were punishing exchanges in the opening minutes, with Glasgow's Al Kellock on the receiving end of a hefty challenge.

Parks, the Magners League's top points scorer, ensured the scoring immediately went in Glasgow's favour with a penalty and drop-goal following a line-out in the home 22.

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

Five minutes later Glasgow confirmed their early superiority with a slick, though unconverted, try.

The move began with a Max Evans break in centre-field and finished with Parks side footing the ball to the left corner where Canadian Van der Merwe touched down.

Paterson did his best to keep Edinburgh in touch but almost every time the home side scored to get within touching distance of Glasgow they would concede and Parks would restore the Warriors' lead.

Yet Paterson looked like Edinburgh's most likely source of points and Moffat's team has now gone four matches without scoring a try.

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 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 half-time 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 lovely kick to the left for the unmarked Stortoni to catch and touch down.

Glasgow continued to dominate, but 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 Warriors lead the Magners League by two points from the Ospreys ahead of their trip to face third-placed Leinster, whose game at Connacht was postponed, on Friday.

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Referee P Allen (SRU)
Attendance 11,785
Man of the Match Kelly Brown
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Alastair Kellock
5
Richie Gray
6
Kelly Brown
7
John Barclay
8
Richie Vernon
9
Chris Cusiter
10
Dan Parks
11
Thom Evans
12
Graeme Morrison
13
Max Evans
14
DTH van der Merwe
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
John Beattie
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Ruaridh Jackson
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Alastair Kellock Dan Turner
Off On
Chris Cusiter Colin Gregor
Off On
Richie Vernon John Beattie
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Ruaridh Jackson
Off On
DTH van der Merwe Hefin O'Hare
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
DTH van der Merwe Try 
Dan Parks Penalty
Bernardo Stortoni Try 
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by Andy Fairbairn on January 2, 2010 06:02 PM | Reply to this comment

Lovely indeed - which at 6pm sums up the collective mood of the Glasgow squad, management and supporters perfectly !

Huge well done to everyone involved, including the travelling support (gutted I couldn't make it) for keeping the mind focussed on the league and not dragged down to Edinburgh's level!

Was well impressend by Sean and Al's comments regarding the crowd support, you could see what it means to the players.

As for Edinburgh? Pitch must have been too big for them I guess !

Posted by AJPatterson on January 2, 2010 08:09 PM | Reply to this comment

Graham's petrol - as many pints of Deuchs as he wants. Pint of p*sswater later at Library - too much. Humping the Buggers - priceless!

Posted by Durty Digga John B on January 2, 2010 10:21 PM | Reply to this comment

Absolutely bloody magic!!!

Massive well done to to Sean, Al & the fellas!! Great to catch the train out of Edinburgh this evening having seen the team tuck a win under their belt on the Edinburgh dung heap.

Still a long way to go in the season - but this is a great starter - bring on the main course - league & Europe success!!

GO FELLAS!

John B from Eaglesham


Posted by Mark Taylor on January 2, 2010 10:36 PM | Reply to this comment

Really chuffed and a great win, keep it up Glasgow, we have a front five that would perform in the premiership down south and a great captain in Ally Kellock

Posted by Alan on January 3, 2010 12:39 AM | Reply to this comment

Dan Parks obviously "knows every blade of grass" at Murrayfield also!!

Posted by gnasher on January 3, 2010 06:54 PM | Reply to this comment

Chust sublime!

Posted by jack currie on January 6, 2010 05:35 PM | Reply to this comment

as an edinburgh fan i would say it was a good performance from glasgow but hope for the best from edinburgh next time but keep up the good work warriors!!!!!

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