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January 02, 2016

Edinburgh Rugby 14 - 11 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Murrayfield on Saturday January 2nd 2016 | No comments

Jonny Gray finishd on the losing side but an outstanding display earned him the man-of-the-match award
Warriors lost out to Edinburgh in today's PRO12 meeting at Murrayfield.

A frantic end to the game saw Glasgow put 28 phases together before being awarded a penalty, but Edinburgh were able to keep them at bay.

The victory also means the Edinburgh win the annual 1872 Cup, beating Glasgow by an aggregate score of 37-19.

The game was re-arranged to take place at Murrayfield, after a waterlogged Scotstoun pitch was deemed unplayable.

The boot of Duncan Weir opened the scoring, converting a penalty from 22m in the opening stages of the game. Edinburgh's Sam Hidalgo-Clyne answered Weir's kick by converting two of his own in the space of ten minutes, taking his side in to a three point lead.

Ten minutes before the half time whistle, Glasgow scored the game's first try through Mark Bennett, as the outside centre dived for the line following some fast passing across the attacking line. From a tight angle, Weir failed to add the extras from the tee.

As the first half came to a close, a Glasgow try was ruled out after the TMO found an obstruction prior to the ball being touched down.

Hidalgo-Clyne failed to make Glasgow pay for their mistakes after missing a penalty that would've taken Edinburgh in to the lead, before Weir extended the Warriors' lead to five points after he converted from in front of the posts.

Coming in to the final quarter of the game, Hidalgo-Clyne bought his side within a score of their opponents by converting from the tee, but failed to take his side ahead with a drop-goal that he sliced wide.

A missed tackle gave Edinburgh's Phil Burleigh the chance to dive for the line as he took his side ahead for the second time in the game, but Hidalgo-Clyne's missed conversion meant the Warriors only trailed by three points at Murrayfield.

With the clock in the red, Glasgow made steps towards the try line but a resilient Edinburgh defence kept them out to secure the victory.

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend paid tribute to his players despite the defeat, saying: "The effort both teams put in showed how much this meant to them.

"I have to praise the players' efforts to get back from three points behind to get the win, but it wasn't meant to be today.

"Fair play to Edinburgh, that's two weeks now they've taken their opportunities. It's a sign of a confident team.

"We look at that second half and we didn't kick on from what we did in the first half."

The Warriors will now turn their attention to the European Champions Cup game with Racing '92.

"We've got a hard working group that will work hard to get better," said Gregor.

"We'll have to take on the lessons we learned this week because next week's going to be even tougher."

Referee Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Man of the Match Jonny Gray
Gordon Reid
Fraser Brown
Zander Fagerson
Greg Peterson
Jonny Gray
Ryan Wilson
Chris Fusaro
Josh Strauss
Ali Price
Duncan Weir
Sean Lamont
Peter Horne
Mark Bennett
Taqele Naiyaravoro
Stuart Hogg
Shalva Mamukashvili
Ryan Grant
Sila Puafisi
Leone Nakarawa
Hugh Blake
Grayson Hart
Peter Murchie
Lee Jones
Match Substitutions
Off On
Josh Strauss Hugh Blake
Off On
Ali Price Grayson Hart
Off On
Gordon Reid Ryan Grant
Off On
Fraser Brown Shalva Mamukashvili
Off On
Zander Fagerson Sila Puafisi
Off On
Chris Fusaro Leone Nakarawa
Off On
Sean Lamont Lee Jones
Off On
Mark Bennett Peter Murchie
Duncan Weir Penalty
Mark Bennett Try 
Duncan Weir Penalty