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December 27, 2015

Edinburgh Rugby 23 - 11 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Sunday December 27th 2015 | No comments

Gregor Townsend Was left disappointed by Glasgow's performance
Warriors went down 23-11 in today's derby encounter with Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Glasgow opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Mark Bennett running through two defenders to touch down for the first try of the match.

Matt Scott levelled scores with a try for the home side in the 12th minute. An offload from Phil Burleigh gave Scott the chance to run in from 22 yards. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked the conversion to give Edinburgh the lead.

Hidalgo-Clyne scored a penalty in the 31st minute to extend the hosts' lead to five points. Edinburgh took this 10-5 lead into the half-time break.

After the interval Finn Russell scored a penalty for the Warriors on 47 minutes to cut the deficit. However, Edinburgh hit back, a penalty from Hidalgo-Clyne going over to re-establish the hosts' five point lead.

The succession of penalties continued in the 56th minute, this time it was Russell's turn to kick for the visitors and keep them in touch of the hosts.

Hidalgo-Clyne added another penalty for the hosts in the 59th minute before John Hardie scored a try for Edinburgh following a driving maul ten minutes later. The extras were added by Hidalgo-Clyne to secure a the victory for Edinburgh.

After the match, Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Fair play to Edinburgh, I thought they played really well and were able to get ahead and stay ahead.

"I thought we were inaccurate in a few areas - set piece in the first-half and phase play in the second-half, which gave them an opportunity to win the ball back.

"We never strung the phases together we set out to do and a big part of that was the way Edinburgh defended. They ripped a few balls out of contact and competed hard post-tackle so we have to learn and improve on that.

"Looking at our own performance we're disappointed we weren't able to put them under more pressure and score more points."

Next Saturday Glasgow host Edinburgh at a sold-out Scotstoun and Gregor believes the players will want to put in a much better performance as they compete for crucial league points and silverware.

He added: "The players will certainly want to go out there and put in a better performance and some of them will get an opportunity to do that.

"Edinburgh are a really good side and we have a lot of respect for them, so we know it'll be very tough but it'll be a great occasion at Scotstoun next weekend."

Referee John Lacey (Ireland)
Attendance 23,642
Ryan Grant
Fraser Brown
Sila Puafisi
Leone Nakarawa
Tim Swinson
Ryan Wilson
Chris Fusaro
Adam Ashe
Grayson Hart
Finn Russell
Tommy Seymour
Peter Horne
Mark Bennett
Taqele Naiyaravoro
Stuart Hogg
James Malcolm
Gordon Reid
Zander Fagerson
Greg Peterson
Simone Favaro
Ali Price
Sam Johnson
Lee Jones