April 28, 2018
Edinburgh 24 - 19 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Saturday April 28th 2018 | No comments
DTH van der Merwe marked his 100th game with two tries Warriors came up short in an entertaining 1872 Cup match against Edinburgh at Murrayfield this evening.
Ahead of the match Warriors had already secured a home PRO14 semi-final while Ulster's draw with Munster meant Edinburgh finish in third spot in Conference B and face a visit to Thomond Park next weekend.
Edinburgh scored first-half tries through James Johnstone, Jordan Lay and Duhan van der Merwe.
On his 100th game for Warriors, DTH van der Merwe crossed twice with Callum Gibbins touching down after a fine move but the visitors fell just short.
"We felt we lost the battle of body height," Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said after the match. "They got lower than us when they carried, especially round the edge close to the line and when we carried they were lower than us again.
"We just didn't get quick enough ball at key times. To Edinburgh's credit, they've defended really well and kept us out in the end.
"We've just got to carry more and look after ball more. Straight after half-time, we had guys two-on-two, all you need is a strong carry, give us some go-forward and build off that. But we're trying to off-load when it's not on.
"You've got to build pressure. Sides like Edinburgh are good defensive teams and we didn't do that enough tonight.
"We're creating opportunities, but we've just got to be more clinical and patient. We got edged in the contact area, which is disappointing.
"We'll have an honest look at where we're at, but we're confident we can turn it around. We haven't even conceded a bonus point at home this year in this competition, so we'll look forward to going back to Scotstoun.
"Technically, we're 160 minutes away from winning a title if we can get it right. We're certainly not going to go into a depression here."