Edinburgh defeat Glasgow in A game derby

In their second ‘A’ game of the season, the Warriors lost 27-10 against Edinburgh Rugby on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield. A Game

Edinburgh scored four tries to Glasgow’s two, allowing the side from the east to triumph ahead of the 1872 Cup double header.

Mike Cusack played in the black and blue of Glasgow for the first time since February, after dealing with a tough time of illness and injuries over the last two years. 

Experienced players, Al Kellock and James Downey started the game, with a number of promising young players such as Fergus Scott, Scott Cummings, Tommy Spinks, Ali Price and Glenn Bryce also featuring.

Ayr’s Robbie Fergusson, who has recently beaten cancer, came off the bench.

The Warriors started the game well but after nine minutes Edinburgh opened the scoring when Damien Hoyland notched a converted try.

Moments later, Glasgow lost possession in their own 22 and Edinburgh were clinical enough to finish the move with Tom Brown dotting down to give the hosts a 12-0 lead.

On the counter-attack Glasgow were dangerous and with 18 minutes played a Gregor Young break caused havoc within the Edinburgh ranks before he offloaded to Fraser Lyle. He then flicked it on to Rory Hughes who burst through to score.

Moments later, Will Bordill sprinted clear before offloading to the onrushing James Eddie. Having recently returned from Scotland 7s duty Eddie showed immense pace to sprint beyond the defenders and dive over.

Edinburgh were ahead 12-10 at the break.

In the second half, Edinburgh raced out of the traps with Damien Hoyland scoring two tries in quick succession to complete his hat-trick and seal the win.

After the game, ‘A’ head coach, Kenny Murray said: “It was disappointing to lose but in terms of performance, the players put in the effort.

“We conceded two soft tries in the first half after missing a few tackles which was obviously frustrating.

“On the upside though we scored two really good tries ourselves from promising counter-attacking moves.

“We got ourselves right back in the game but a few errors in the second half ultimately cost us.

“Overall it was a really good exercise for some of the guys coming back from injury as well as some of the club guys getting some visibility.

“The last ‘A’ game allowed Fraser Lyle to impress and earn a contract so these matches are great as it gives club players a taste of the professional environment and gives us a chance to look at them as well.”

Edinburgh Rugby: Ruairi Howarth, Damien Hoyland, Chris Dean, Joaquin Dominguez, Tom Brown, Jade Te Rure, Sean Kennedy, Nick Bevan, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Ollie Atkins, Alex Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, Hugh Blake, Magnus Bradbury

Replacements: James Hilterbrand, Struan Cessford, Jason Hill, Callum Hunter-Hall, Ally Miller, Alex Glashan Carl Bezuidenhout, Grant McConnell, Callum Anderson

Glasgow Warriors: Glenn Bryce, Lewis Young (Scotland 7s), Gregor Young (Scotland 7s), James Downey, Rory Hughes, Fraser Lyle, Ali Price, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Fergus Scott, Mike Cusack, Scott Cummings, Al Kellock (Captain) Tommy Spinks, Will Bordill, James Eddie.

Replacements: George Hunter, James Malcolm, Roussow De Klerk/ Zander Fagerson, Rob McAlpine (Ayr), Jonny Agnew (Glasgow Hawks), Lewis Wynne (Stirling County), Matt Smith, Blair McPherson (Ayr), David Armstrong (Ayr), Gavin Lowe, Reuben Norville (Scot U20), Danny McLuskey (Ayr), Paul Ramsay  (Glasgow Hawks) Robbie Fergusson (Ayr)