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January 02, 2015

Edinburgh Rugby 20 - 8 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Friday January 2nd 2015 | No comments

Second half sub Leone Nakarawa was one of the few Glasgow players to make any inroads against a strong Edinburgh defence
Glasgow Warriors left Murrayfield empty handed after losing out to Edinburgh in tonight's 1872 Cup.

The Warriors not only miss out on valuable PRO12 points but they also lose the 1872 Cup to Edinburgh.

Two tries in the closing stages of the first half from Tim Visser helped Edinburgh to a deserved win and wiped out a 10-point deficit to take the Cup.

Finn Russell was on target with a penalty goal after 11 minutes to put Glasgow in front, but Sam Hidalgo-Clyne responded in kind shortly after.

Hidalgo-Clyne edged his side in front with another penalty, before the hosts put distance between them and Glasgow through Visser's brace of tries.

A chip over the top and an inside pass produced the first, which Hidalgo-Clyne converted, and then Visser snapped up the intercept to go in from 70 metres and take the game by the scruff of the neck for Edinburgh.

Hidalgo-Clyne was once again on target with the extras to make it 20-3 at the interval and leave Glasgow with a mountain to climb in the second period.

Nikola Matawalu gave Glasgow the perfect start to the half when his try was given the green light by the TMO, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

After the match Gregor Townsend told "I'm really disappointed for our supporters, who travelled in huge numbers and they deserved a much better performance than that.

"We've done really well in this fixture over the last few years and to not retain the title is disappointing.

"We played with more energy in the second-half, but maybe we scored the points too early because after that we didn't play with the same zip.

"All credit to Edinburgh, I thought they played well over both games, but especially tonight and they took their chances really well in the first-half. They fully deserved to win the game and the 1872 Cup.

"Friday's game is our last league game for a while and we have an opportunity to put things right after tonight's defeat. Scarlets have already beaten us this season and they played very well. They play with a lot of heart and are a tough defensive team and we've got a bit of work to do, the coaches and players, to make sure we put in a performance at home that is much more like us."

Referee Nigel Owens (Wales)
Attendance 15,810
Gordon Reid
Dougie Hall
Jon Welsh
Jonny Gray
Alastair Kellock
Ryan Wilson
Tyrone Holmes
Josh Strauss
Nikola Matawalu
Finn Russell
Tommy Seymour
Peter Horne
Alex Dunbar
Sean Maitland
Peter Murchie
Fraser Brown
Alex Allan
Euan Murray
Leone Nakarawa
James Eddie
Ali Price
Richie Vernon
Stuart Hogg