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August 28, 2020

Edinburgh 3 - 15 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Murrayfield on Friday August 28th 2020 | No comments

Ratu Tagive's try gave Glasgow some breathing space
Glasgow Warriors rounded off their PRO14 season with a deserved 15-3 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Tries from Fraser Brown and Ratu Tagive helped Danny Wilson secure his first victory as Glasgow head coach.

The derby marked the first professional rugby match in the UK to welcome spectators since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Fraser Brown - playing his 100th game for Warriors - scored the first try in just the eighth minute, while winger Tagive's smart finish put the Warriors clear in the second half and ensured they end a difficult campaign with a win.

Glasgow were up for it from the off and went ahead in the ninth minute, when skipper Brown drove over from close range after good work from his forwards.

Edinburgh have a Semi-Final against Ulster to look forward to next week but head coach Richard Cockerill will need more from his players.

Although Huw Jones was sin-binned shortly after for an illegal tackle, Glasgow maintained their intensity and repelled wave after wave of Edinburgh attacks.

After surviving that spell of pressure, the Warriors finished the half strongly - with Zander Fagerson so close dotting down - but it was Edinburgh's turn to hold on, trailing just 7-3 at the break.

The hosts changed their entire front row early in the second half, bringing on Scotland trio WP Nel, Stuart McInally and Rory Sutherland but it was Glasgow who struck next, with Ali Price sprinting 60 metres upfield in a break that stretched the Edinburgh defence before the ball was worked left, where Jones slipped it to Tagive to dive over.

An Adam Hastings penalty extended that lead to 12 points with just 14 minutes remaining and, although Edinburgh gained good territory, the hosts made too many set-piece errors.

"We said before the game that the win was our main priority tonight," said Glasgow's new head coach Danny Wilson.

"Having lost a derby last weekend, we wanted to get the right result this week.

"I thought we were dominant in most aspects tonight, and we probably left a few points out there. We'll have a look at that and work out what we need to do better, but I thought we solved the contact area problems we identified last week and did very well at the set-piece. We more than matched Edinburgh in that area."

A resolute defensive effort saw the Warriors become the first side to deny Edinburgh a try in the PRO14 this season, a fact that provided Wilson and his coaching team with the greatest satisfaction.

"The biggest thing for me was the defensive shift, without question," said the Glasgow boss.

"That was an Edinburgh team packed with dangerous runners, and we denied them a try tonight. That's an excellent platform to work on going into next season.

"Credit to Kenny Murray and the work the boys have put in, because that was an excellent defensive effort."

Whilst a semi-final berth may have eluded the club, Wilson and the Warriors will not be sitting idle over the next few weeks. Indeed, the preparations start now for the 2020/21 campaign.

"We've got a number of players still to come back from injury, who missed out on the last two weeks," explained Wilson.

"What we'll look at now is going into next season - we wanted to give a few experienced players a bit more game time tonight, because that'll be our last hit-out until we go into the first game of next season more than likely.

"Long-term, we'll be looking at the depth of our squad, but tonight was a good marker to put down."

Referee Ben Blain (Scotland)
Attendance 700
Man of the Match Fraser Brown
Oli Kebble
Fraser Brown
Zander Fagerson
Robert Harley
Scott Cummings
Ryan Wilson
Tom Gordon
Matt Fagerson
George Horne
Adam Hastings
Ratu Tagive
Stafford McDowall
Nick Grigg
Tommy Seymour
Huw Jones
George Turner
Charlie Capps
Enrique Pieretto
Kiran McDonald
Chris Fusaro
Ali Price
Peter Horne
Robbie Nairn
Match Substitutions
Off On
George Horne Ali Price
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Ratu Tagive Robbie Nairn
Off On
Adam Hastings Peter Horne
Off On
Oli Kebble Charlie Capps
Off On
Zander Fagerson Enrique Pieretto
Off On
Ryan Wilson Chris Fusaro
Off On
Robert Harley Kiran McDonald
Fraser Brown Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion
Ratu Tagive Try 
Adam Hastings Penalty