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December 30, 2022

Edinburgh Rugby 25 - 32 Glasgow Warriors

United Rugby Championship match played at Murrayfield on Friday December 30th 2022 | No comments

Matt Fagerson went over for Glasgow's second try
Glasgow Warriors leave Murrayfield with five points and the 1872 Cup after this evening's win over Edinburgh.

The 32-25 victory on the night, after a 16-10 win last week at Scotstoun, saw them reclaim the 1872 Cup with a 48-35 aggregate triumph.

For much of the game Edinburgh were well on top and looking likely to gain revenge for last weekend's defeat but a storming last half hour from Warriors overwhelmed their hosts.

Warriors started well and went ahead early on when - after strong carries from Richie Gray and Sione Tuipulotu - skipper Kyle Steyn powered through three or four defenders before touching down.

Edinburgh didn't take long to get back in the game when Sam Skinner charged down Ali Price's exit kick in the Glasgow 22. Luke Crosbie recovered the loose ball and Jamie Ritchie was driven over to level the scores.

Edinburgh's forwards were starting to rumble and a strong run from Bill Mata run won a penalty kicked by Emiliano Boffelli. It could have been worse for Warriors but smart work from Sebastian Cancelliere denied Duhan van der Merwe a try when the Scotland wing was held up over the line.

But Edinburgh weren't to be denied much longer and they scored again when Crosbie broke from a maul to grab the second try.

Tuipulotu was one of the few Warriors making an impression and centre's 50 metre charge through the midfield eventually led to a penalty. Warriors kicked for the corner and from the clever lineout - centre Stafford McDowall with the catch and pass - Matt Fagerson crashed over to make it 17-12.

Edinburgh continued to exert pressure in the scrum and Boffelli landed a second penalty to give the host's a 20-12 lead at the break.

The pattern seemed to continue after the break but Edinburgh couldn't add to their lead and they were made to pay when Glasgow struck for a great try on 56 minutes.

Tom Jordan was involved twice, sparking the move on halfway before going under the posts after great work from Sione Vailunu and Cancelliere.

The conversion cut Edinburgh's lead to one point and Glasgow suddenly had the ascendancy. Sustained pressure on the Edinburgh line forced a penalty under the posts and a yellow card to replacement Marshall Sykes. George Horne kicked the Warriors into the lead.

And Warriors made the extra space count with another great try. Tuipulotu's cute kick through on halfway was collected by Steyn and quickly passed inside for Jordan to take the ball on and put Horne under the posts.

Horne kicked the conversion and added Horne another penalty for a 32-20 lead.

Edinburgh's replacement hooker Paddy Harrison scored a consolation try for a losing bonus point. But Glasgow's stunning comeback meant they already had the 1872 Cup firmly in their grasp.

Referee Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
Man of the Match Sione Tuipulotu
Jamie Bhatti
Fraser Brown
Lucio Sordoni
Sintu Manjezi
Richie Gray
Matt Fagerson
Sione Vailanu
Jack Dempsey
Ali Price
Tom Jordan
Kyle Steyn
Stafford McDowall
Sione Tuipulotu
Sebastian Cancelliere
Ollie Smith
George Turner
Nathan McBeth
Simon Berghan
JP du Preez
Lewis Bean
Cameron Neild
George Horne
Domingo Miotti
Match Substitutions
Off On
Sintu Manjezi Lewis Bean
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Lucio Sordoni Simon Berghan
Off On
Ali Price George Horne
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Nathan McBeth
Off On
Richie Gray JP du Preez
Off On
Sione Vailanu Cameron Neild
Off On
Ollie Smith Domingo Miotti
Kyle Steyn Try 
Tom Jordan Conversion
Matt Fagerson Try 
Tom Jordan Try 
Tom Jordan Conversion
George Horne Penalty
George Horne Try 
George Horne Conversion
George Horne Penalty