Cockerill Praises His Players for Dominant Performance Against Glasgow
With a game to spare Edinburgh Rugby have retained the 1872 Cup with an 18-6 win against Glasgow Warriors yesterday at Scotstoun. Richard Cockerill praised the work of his players post-match, whilst Dave Rennie believes recent underwhelming form will not be a long-term issue for the Warriors.
Edinburgh huddle before their clash with Glasgow at Scotstoun yesterday. (Photo: Edinburgh Rugby twitter)
The set piece was the deciding factor in Edinburgh’s win against their west coast rivals at Scotstoun. Glasgow seemed to suffer in all aspects of the scrum – point in case being Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman was awarded man of the match, whilst Glasgow prop Oli Kebble was shown a yellow card for repeated offences.
The encounter was full of frustration for the Warriors as many a fracas broke out, but Edinburgh seemed to be the team who had their game plan best embedded in their minds as they seemed to control most aspects of the game.
Speaking post-match, Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill praised the work and effort of his players: “I’m delighted with the performance. The players deserve the credit. They played really well and deserved to win. It’s a really big step forward in our development as a team.”
One feature of his side’s game that has improved impressively is their defensive set up. Edinburgh have in recent games proved to be steadfast in their control of their line, and extremely potent in denying their opposition any opportunity to break through.
Glasgow once again struggled this week to do just that, and Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie spoke following his side’s loss, and his disappointment was evident: “It was pretty similar to last week, wasn’t it?”
He added: “We have to create opportunities better than we did tonight and we have to be more clinical. It was our hallmark up to a couple of weeks ago. It’s disappointing, but I’m not going to panic.”
The one promising piece of play Glasgow did produce resulted in a late George Horne try. It came too close to full time however, and with Adam Hastings unable to add the conversion points, it had little effect on the outcome of the game.
Meanwhile Edinburgh’s try came much earlier in the second half, as Bill Mata took the ball out of the scrum, but was brought down just short of the line. His captain Stuart McInally was on hand to receive the pass though, and was able to pivot and dive over the line for the score.
In the kicking game, Edinburgh fly-half Jaco Van Der Walt once more charted a 100% kicking record as he netted a conversion and three penalties, in comparison to Hastings sole penalty.
And so, with the win at Scotstoun, Edinburgh have already ensured that the 1872 Cup will stay in the capital. Though the teams will meet once more, at the end of the season, with the game once again taking place in Glasgow.
Richard Cockerill chose to look ahead at the bigger picture in reference to Edinburgh’s season, as he noted: “In the bigger picture, the 1872 Cup element is irrelevant. We needed the points more than anything else because we haven’t been good enough in other parts of our season. But the last four weeks have proved that if we get the right people on the field and have the right mentality, we can win big games.”
He also looked at the rather unique affect that their win at Glasgow’s home ground means to the Warriors season, saying: “Love or hate us, we play how we play and there are two sides that have won here this season, us and Saracens. That’s pretty good company to keep.”
Edinburgh’s next challenge will be facing the Southern Kings at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 5th January.
Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg, T Seymour, A Dunbar, P Horne, N Matawalu; A Hastings, A Price; O Kebble, G Stewart, D Rae, T Swinson, J Gray, R Wilson, C Gibbins, M Fagerson. Subs: K Bryce, J Bhatti, S Halanukonuka, R Harley, C Fusaro, G Horne, S Johnson, DTH Van Der Merwe.
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, J Ritchie, H Watson, V Mata. Subs: D Cherry, A Dell, S Berghan, C Hunter-Hill, L Crosbie, N Fowles, S Hickey, J Socino.
Referee: George Clancy.
Glasgow Warriors: Tries: G Horne. Pens: Hastings.
Edinburgh Rugby: Tries: McInally. Cons: Van Der Walt. Pens: Van Der Walt 3.
Scoring Sequence (Glasgow Warriors first): (0-0), (0-3), (3-3), (3-6) HT (3-11), (3-13), (3-16), (8-16) FT.
Yellow card: Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors)
Attendance: 7, 311