South Africans Score All the Points As Edinburgh Defeat Glasgow Warriors
It was a night for Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh men to prove that their development of late is still holding positive momentum, as the capital side – lead out by Ben Toolis on his 100th appearance for the club – were able to overcome Dave Rennie’s Glasgow Warriors, with the final score line reading 23-7.
Edinburgh ran out to a loud crowd at BT Murrayfield on Saturday night. (Photo: Edinburgh Rugby twitter)
On a brisk Saturday night at BT Murrayfield, in front of a 21,190 strong crowd, Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh side put on an impressive defensive display, and took their chances in attack, in order to seal a convincing win over their western counterparts, the Glasgow Warriors.
Speaking after the match, Head Coach Cockerill praised his side’s effort, saying: “It’s a big win for us. They came with their best side, as they said they would, and we played very well and deserved to win.”
He continued: “Our boys were very motivated, as they are against Glasgow, and we didn’t give them an opportunity to settle and get on the front foot. We knew if we could do that, they would struggle to create opportunities, and our own pressure in defence created our opportunities.”
It was Edinburgh, with their continual pressure in defence, who secured the first points of the match as fly-half Jaco Van Der Walt’s kick to the posts from a penalty put the home side 3-0 ahead.
Just three minutes later, fan-favourite winger Duhan Van Der Merwe was able to strip Warriors fly-half Adam Hastings of the ball, before making a blistering run down the wing with Warriors backs desperately trying to hunt him down. Stuart Hogg got the closest, though his efforts only allowed him to clip Van Der Merwe’s heels as he was already across the line for the try.
Edinburgh’s line wavered slightly in the aftermath of their score as the Warriors half back duo of Hastings and George Horne combined at speed to try and release their backs, however, they were penalised for not releasing on Edinburgh’s 22 and their possible attack was thwarted.
The Warriors search for points finally produced a play on 35 minutes as Pete Horne collected ball under the posts, from his younger brother’s chip kick over the defence. Despite grumblings of off-side from the crowd, Hastings took the conversion quickly, so the points were given, and Glasgow finally had some points on the board.
The teams ran in at half-time with Edinburgh leading 13-7, looking to maintain their lead.
The turnaround in Edinburgh’s defensive performance from last week’s win over Newcastle was evident as upon the restart, they were put under serious and continual pressure from the Warriors attack on their own line.
Cockerill’s forwards displayed patience, and their performance was dominant, as they were able to repel the visitors threat.
The plight of the Warriors was not relieved by their captain – and key member of their scrum – Callum Gibbins receiving a yellow card for killing ball illegally, and so was sent from the field for ten minutes in the sin bin.
Edinburgh took advantage of the missing man, and also a miscalculated pass from Hastings, as Van Der Merwe once more made the interception. He raced down the touchline to run in the try – seemingly with ease. With Van Der Walt’s conversion, Edinburgh extended their lead.
This would be the last points of the evening and Cockerill’s men would hold on to their lead for the remaining 20 minutes to secure a 23-7 victory over their western rivals, with Van Der Merwe capturing the Man of the Match accolade for his try scoring prowess.
Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie, following full-time, discussed his team’s performance saying: “Look, that was disappointing as it was nowhere near the standard at which we have been playing. It felt like shades of last year to be honest.”
Meanwhile, in Edinburgh’s eyes, as pleased as Cockerill may be with his players’ performances, he is already looking ahead to their next bruising encounter with Glasgow, saying: “It’s a great win for us – we need the league points, never mind anything else. Our next challenge is to go to Scotstoun and try to do the same thing.”
Edinburgh Rugby: B Kinghorn, D Graham, J Johnstone, C Dean, D Van Der Merwe; J Van Der Walt, H Pyrgos; P Schoeman, S McInally, WP Nel, B Toolis, G Gilchrist, L Hamilton, H Watson, V Mata. Subs: D Cherry, A Dell, P Ceccarelli, C Hunter-Hill, L Crosbie, N Fowles, S Hickey, J Socino.
Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg, T Seymour, N Grigg, P Horne, DTH Van Der Merwe; A Hastings, G Horne; O Kebble, G Stewart, S Halanukonuka, R Harley, J Gray, A Ashe, C Gibbins, M Fagerson. Subs: K Bryce, J Bhatti, D Rae, T Swinson, C Fusaro, A Price, H Jones, N Matawalu.
Referee: Mike Adamson
Edinburgh Rugby: Tries: Van Der Merwe 2. Cons: Van Der Walt 2. Pens: Van Der Walt 3.
Glasgow Warriors: Tries: P Horne. Cons: Hastings.
Scoring Sequence (Edinburgh first): (3-0), (8-0), (10-0), (13-0), (13-5), (13-7) HT (16-7), (21-7), (23-7) FT.
Yellow card: Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors).