December 23, 2017
Edinburgh 18 - 17 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Saturday December 23rd 2017 | No comments
Scott Cummings went over for Glasgow's second try Glasgow's unbeaten PRO14 run came to an end as they went down to Edinburgh at Murrayfield this evening.
The Warriors made a perfect start to the game when centre Huw Jones scored in the second minute in his PRO14 debut. Things went from bad to worse for Edinburgh when Simon Berghan received a red card in the fifth minute for a stamp on the head of Fraser Brown. But being forced to play with 14 men for 75 minutes seemed to galvanise the hosts.
Sam Hidalgo Clyne kicked a penalty as Edinburgh cut the Warriors' lead to 7-3 at half-time.
The kickers traded penalties early in the second half and Edinburgh's defence couldn't prevent the Warriors from scoring through a catch and drive by Scott Cumming but the home side responded immediately through Nathan Fowles, keeping the difference to four points.
Then, in the 78th minute, the hosts launched one last attack from a lineout close to the tryline. With the referee calling an advantage for Edinburgh following adriving maul, the Glasgow players inexcusably stopped playing, thinking the whistle had gone for a penalty. Spotting the lapse in concentration, Edinburgh's Chris Dean broke away from the maul and scored the winning try in the corner.
Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie admits his team were well below-par, with and without the ball, against their inter-city foes.
"Incredibly disappointing, we just really lacked an edge tonight," was Rennie's assessment of Glasgow's display. "We didn't defend as well as we have been.
"I don't know whether scoring early and playing against 14, in the back of the mind they thought it was going to be a little bit easier than it was.
"You've got to give credit to Edinburgh, they hung in there and our discipline in giving away penalties late in the game allowed them to get into the corner and they were good enough to score from there.
"We're not looking for excuses. In the end, we just weren't sharp enough, we didn't have that physical edge without the ball.
"I felt we kicked a lot of ball away aimlessly. When they were down to 14, we needed to ask some questions, kick smart, find some space and we didn't do that well enough. We get a chance for redemption in seven days' time."