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January 02, 2021

Edinburgh 10 - 7 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Murrayfield on Saturday January 2nd 2021 | No comments

It was another loss, but Danny Wilson saw reasons to be optimistic
Glasgow Warriors lost out to Edinburgh in today's PRO14 meeting at Murrayfield.

Warriors were well in the game until the boot of Jaco van der Walt opened the scoring with just 16 minutes to play of what, until the, had been a dour arm-wrestle.

Magnus Bradbury went over soon after to add weight to Edinburgh's lead, with Van der Walt converting.

A late Lewis Bean try threatened a comeback, but it was not enough for Danny Wilson's visitors.

Despite the result, the Glasgow boss saw reasons to be optimistic.

Wilson told "Obviously it's disappointing to lose, but I thought we looked a bit more like ourselves today.

"We were adventurous and tried to play some rugby by moving the ball, and we caused Edinburgh problems. It was a game that came down to fine margins and we were on the wrong end of those margins in the end.

"Our discipline again wasn't good enough for me, but I've got to give credit to our defence tonight. You've got to remember that's a pretty much fully loaded Edinburgh side that went out there today, and they're a dangerous team. Our defensive effort was excellent today."

Richie Gray impressed in the opening match of this season's 1872 Cup, stealing four of Edinburgh's lineouts in an all-action display in the engine room.

"Richie was immense," sais Wilson.

"It's obviously been a while since we've seen him in a Glasgow jersey, and he showed exactly why we signed him. He was excellent in the lineout, and that was a facet of the game we dominated today.

"It was also great to see a couple of young guys get their opportunity today, too - both George Thornton and Ross Thompson showed up well when they came on and they took their chance well."

The two sides will meet again in just six days' time in the second 1872 Cup clash of the season, as Wilson and his men welcome their Edinburgh counterparts to Scotstoun on Friday night.

"Discipline again is the main area for improvement this week," explained Wilson.

"We can't be handing Edinburgh field position and opportunities like we did today. We still want to play rugby and fire our shots, though, and I thought we looked more like ourselves today.

"It's a home game next week, and we'll hopefully have a few more boys back available to us again. Both of those things will give us a boost, and we'll look to transform an improved performance into the right result next weekend."

Referee Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
Attendance 0
Aki Seiuli
George Turner
Zander Fagerson
Richie Gray
Scott Cummings
Ryan Wilson
Tom Gordon
Matt Fagerson
Ali Price
Brandon Thomson
Ratu Tagive
Sam Johnson
Nick Grigg
Lee Jones
Huw Jones
Johnny Matthews
George Thornton
Enrique Pieretto
Lewis Bean
TJ Ioane
Jamie Dobie
Ross Thompson
Glenn Bryce
Match Substitutions
Off On
Aki Seiuli George Thornton
Off On
Zander Fagerson Enrique Pieretto
Off On
Brandon Thomson Ross Thompson
Off On
Tom Gordon TJ Ioane
Off On
Richie Gray Lewis Bean
Off On
Sam Johnson Glenn Bryce
Off On
George Turner Johnny Matthews
Off On
Ali Price Jamie Dobie
Lewis Bean Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion