Glasgow bring their A game to Stirling

This Warriors triumphed against old rivals, Edinburgh Rugby 30-5 at Bridgehaugh Park in Stirling this evening, scoring four tries.

Murray McConnell, Tommy Spinks, Connor Braid and Sean Maitland all touched down in what was a good workout for the men in black and blue.

The Warriors started brightly and after 11 minutes they took a 3-0 lead through a Finn Russell penalty.

The Warriors controlled possession early on and were soon 6-0 up with Finn Russell doing the needful from the kicking tee.

In the summer, Murray McConnell joined Glasgow Warriors having previously been an EDP and he got himself on the scoresheet after 22 minutes when he picked a gap in the Edinburgh defence after a long period of pressure.

Glasgow were refusing to relent and their lead was soon increased when EDP, Scotland Under 20 captain, Tommy Spinks picked the ball up close to the tryline and slipped in under the posts. Finn Russell then converted making it 18-0 to the hosts.

Edinburgh were under immense pressure at times and were scarcely in the Warriors half.

Their cause wasn’t helped when winger, Richard Stewart was sent to the sin-bin for tackling Al Kellock whilst he was in the air.

The game allowed a number of the Warriors the chance to impress in front of head coach, Gregor Townsend and Canadian Connor Braid took his chance, scoring a try before half-time.

Finn RussellThroughout the half, he demonstrated an excellent kicking game and showed composure on the ball.

He was rewarded for his efforts when he gathered the ball in space on the left wing and darted forward to touch down, giving the Warriors a 23-0 half-time lead.

After the break, Glasgow carried on from where they left off and Sean Maitland marked his return from injury with a show-stopping try.

The British & Irish Lion picked the ball up deep inside his own half before motoring down the flank, bursting beyond helpless defenders to touch down. Finn Russell then converted giving his side a 30-0 advantage.

As the game drew to a close, it died down a little with Edinburgh pushing for a late score.

Glasgow became frustrated and Lee Jones was yellow-carded for an infringement.

Edinburgh took advantage of the extra man and scored a try from Melrose’s Austin Lockington who found space on the wing before bursting over. Alex Glashan then missed the conversion attempt.

After the game, captain Al Kellock said: “These games are excellent as it gives us all a chance to improve.

“The club boys that stepped in were outstanding and it was a really good hit out for our players, young and old.

“It was a physical test, as it always is against Edinburgh and it was a good to win convincingly. We still have a few things to improve on though.” 

Glasgow Warriors 'A' Team

Backs: 15. Sean Maitland
 14. Lee Jones 
13. Connor Braid
 12. James Downey
 11. Rory Hughes
 10. Finn Russell 
9. Murray McConnell

Forwards: 1. Jerry Yanuyanutawa 
2. Fergus Scott
 (EDP) 3. Gary Strain
 4. Tom Ryder 
5. Al Kellock (Captain)
 6. James Eddie
 7. Tommy Spinks (EDP)
 8. Adam Ashe

Replacements: James Malcolm (EDP), Matt Goodwin (Currie), George Hunter (Glasgow Warriors/Ayr), Steven Findlay (Glasgow Hawks), Zander Fagerson (EDP), Jamie Gray (Currie), Matt Smith (EDP), Blair McPherson (Ayr), Ali Price (EDP), Danny McLuskey (Ayr), Ruaridh Smith (Currie), Fraser Lyle (Stirling County)

Edinburgh Rugby 'A' Team

Backs: 15. Greig Tonks
 14. Brett Thompson 
13. Chris Dean 
12. Joaquin Dominguez
 11. Richard Stewart
 10. Ruairi Howarth 
9. Alex Glashan

Forwards: 1. Alan Dell 
2. Jake Kerr 
3. Simon Berghan 
4. Alex Toolis 
5. Ben Toolis 
6. Jamie Ritchie 
7. Roddy Grant (Captain) 
8. Magnus Bradbury

Replacements: Lindsey Gibson, Wicus Blaauw, Ewan McQuillin, Ollie Atkins, Ally Miller, Austin Lockington, Sam Pecquer, Chris Auld

Written by
Michael Lamont