December 29, 2018
Glasgow Warriors 8 - 16 Edinburgh
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Saturday December 29th 2018 | No comments
George Horne went over for a try Glasgow slumped to a second defeat in a week at the hands of Edinburgh at Scotstoun this afternoon.
The result means Edinburgh retain the 1872 Cup but Warriors will be more worried about the loss of PRO14 points and their lack of momentum ahead of crunch European meetings with Cardiff and Saracens.
There will also be concerns that Edinburgh were once again able to blunt a Glasgow attack that looked like it had run out of ideas long before full-time.
Two Jaco van der Walt penalties, to one from Adam Hastings, saw the visitors lead 6-3 after a first half punctuated by mistakes and off the ball niggle.
Stuart McInally's try stretched their advantage and Glasgow could only muster a late George Horne try.
But Adam Hastings missed the conversion that would have given the Conference A leaders a losing bonus point.
Glasgow also lost Stuart Hogg to a hip injury at the interval, while centre Alex Dunbar limped off early in the second half.
Head coach Dave Rennie revealed full-back Hogg was forced off at half-time with "a bit of a groin/hip issue", adding: "I'm not sure where he'll be at regarding the next week or two".
Fellow Scotland international Dunbar limped off with a leg injury - "a bit of a haematoma or something", Rennie reported, "but I don't think anything too major".
The New Zealander blamed a "lack of accuracy" and his side's failure to "hang onto the ball for long enough" for their defeat.
But he also admitted his frustration at referee George Clancy's interpretation at the scrum, where Edinburgh won a string of penalties.
"Last week they walked around the scrum and they got rewarded for it, so good on them, they keep doing it," he told BBC Scotland.
"We found out during the week that the referee got it wrong and they are seeing about sorting it out, and then we get exactly the same picture first scrum tonight.
"If it's not sorted out then basically every team will start walking left and we're going to end up with a mess and we'll never get any footy played off it. When they're forced to push straight, you get good scrums and you get a contest.
"But I'm not looking to blame the ref for tonight. We weren't good enough and we've got to look at ourselves."