May 15, 2021
Edinburgh 24 - 31 Glasgow Warriors
Rainbow Cup match played at Murrayfield on Saturday May 15th 2021 | No comments
George Turner led from the front for Warriors Glasgow Warriors made it a double over their old rivals with a 31-24 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield this evening.
Warriors followed up last weekend's 1872 Cup victory with another bonus-point win in a entertaining encounter on Edinburgh's home patch.
A fine try from Chris Dean put Edinburgh ahead early on, but replies from Matt Fagerson and George Turner had Glasgow in front.
The home side drew level with a Mike Willemse score, but Adam Hastings' try on the cusp of half-time put Warriors in the driving seat at the break.
Smart work from George Horne extended Glasgow's early in the second period but a try from Charlie Shiel put Edinburgh back within striking distance but Warriors held on to secure back-to-back derby wins and keep their Rainbow Cup hopes alive.
Warriors had conceded 27 penalties the previous weekend despite winning 29-19 to regain the 1872 Cup and it took them less than a minute to get on the wrong side of the referee at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh made the most of their chance to get on the front foot. Inside three minutes, they worked the ball out to the right flank, Bill Mata shimmied inside and offloaded to Dean to cross.
Blair Kinghorn, making his 100th appearance for Edinburgh, and Ross Thompson traded penalties before the visitors claimed two tries in three minutes midway through the half.
Fagerson launched himself over a pile of bodies and stretched his arm to touch down before Thompson levelled the scores.
Warriors were soon in front with a temporary man advantage. Pierre Schoeman was shown a yellow card for hauling back Nick Grigg before Hastings could play him in after breaking forward with the help of a dummy.
The sacrifice proved in vain as Turner took a tap penalty and forced his way through a pack of bodies to cross.
Glasgow threatened again but Kyle Steyn could not finish off a promising break and the 14 men pulled themselves level just before the half-hour mark.
Willemse, who had just come on for Stuart McInally, drove over and Kinghorn continued the impressive kicking displays.
Warriors came close when Hastings made strides down the right but Grigg could not hold on to his pass and knocked on before Steyn touched down.
But Glasgow went ahead before the break with 43 minutes on the clock as Horne passed to Hastings near the line and the fullback rolled out of a tackle to touch down.
The visitors were on the front foot after the break. Rory Darge thought he had grabbed his first Glasgow try on his first start since moving from Edinburgh last month but Turner was penalised for blocking a tackle as he manhandled his teammate over the line.
Warriors got the penalty for an earlier infringement and their pressure eventually paid off when scrumhalf Horne dived underneath Edinburgh's defence to touch down.
Warriors looked like they were managing the game well but Kinghorn broke away to set up Charlie Shiel to go over in the 69th minute and the fullback reduced the deficit to seven.
The hosts made some crucial errors in a nervy finale and did not get a clear chance to go with their pressure.