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January 02, 2011

Edinburgh 28 - 17 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Sunday January 2nd 2011 | 6 comments

Sean Lineen says his team didn't deserve to win
Glasgow may have retained the 1872 Cup but disappointment was the main emotion after a 28-17 loss to Edinbrugh at Murrayfield.

After the game, Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen said: “We didn’t deserve to win. We made it easy for them and the guys know they didn’t play well.

“We didn’t convert pressure into points and our discipline wasn’t of a professional standard. But even taking all that into account, we still had a chance to win the game.”

Edinburgh's success came thanks to two first half 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, a 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 tryscorer 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 eight 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 eight 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.

Referee N Paterson (SRU)
Attendance 9,292
Jon Welsh
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Richie Gray
Alastair Kellock
Robert Harley
John Barclay
Richie Vernon
Colin Gregor
Ruaridh Jackson
DTH van der Merwe
Peter Murchie
Max Evans
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Dougie Hall
Kevin Tkachuk
Ryan Grant
Aly Muldowney
Ryan Wilson
Henry Pyrgos
Peter Horne
Federico Aramburu
Match Substitutions
Off On
Jon Welsh Ryan Grant
Off On
Fergus Thomson Dougie Hall
Off On
Hefin O'Hare Federico Aramburu
Off On
Alastair Kellock Aly Muldowney
Off On
Colin Gregor Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Moray Low Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Richie Vernon Ryan Wilson
Off On
Peter Murchie Peter Horne
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Robert Harley Try 
Colin Gregor Penalty
Colin Gregor Penalty
Posted by sunday5 on January 3, 2011 12:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Jackson was dire last night. Blair can at least kick the points. Lets just hope Parks gets the game time he needs in Cardiff.
Who was it that let him leave again? That guy should get his arse kicked!

Posted by bossco88 on January 3, 2011 12:59 PM | Reply to this comment

Agreed. The kicks missed where not difficult and the general game control and decision making was very poor from Jackson. We need either Duncan Weir fit for a run or to sign an experienced fly half to get us through the season. Jackson is not the one to do it. Big Rob Harley on the other hand is a tremendous find, what a player!

Posted by mediumsizedal on January 3, 2011 03:37 PM | Reply to this comment

Our forwards never got going. There were some good patches but no continuity of good ball. Edinburgh played the ref better & looked the stronger side up until the final 10 minutes or so. Agree that Jackson was (again!!) desperately poor. He is not the answer to the 10 problem, hopefully Weir will be. If not we urgently need a new, experienced stand-off for start of next season. If a team does not have a controlling, reliable stand-off it will never rise above mediocrity!!.

Posted by Alistair on January 4, 2011 12:39 PM | Reply to this comment

I thought the forwards did get going, we were regularly penetrating and making yards.

We just lacked a little bit the 'killer touch' out wide, couldn't quite work the mis-matches.

Posted by osama bin Hidin on January 3, 2011 09:50 PM | Reply to this comment

When does Beattie get back from his injury?

Posted by sunday5 on January 5, 2011 02:13 PM | Reply to this comment

Do we need him? I thought the back row was good. Big hinge is just outstanding!

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