Edinburgh Rugby V Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors travelled to BT Murrayfield for the first of three 1872 Cup games this season.Huw Jones scored the opening try of the game

A double-header over Christmas and New Year will be followed by a third clash on the final day of the regular season.

The Warriors were looking to maintain their unbeaten start to their Guinness PRO14 campaign, while Edinburgh were hoping to continue their good run of form.

Captained by Jonny Gray the Warriors started brightly and were awarded a penalty inside their own half within the first minute of the match.

The penalty by Peter Horne was kicked to inside the Edinburgh half and from the resulting line-out Tommy Seymour broke and fed the ball to Huw Jones who spotted a gap and ran in his first Glasgow try. Horne kicked the tricky conversion and Glasgow led 7-0 with just two minutes on the clock.

A major moment in the game came after just five minutes. Edinburgh were awarded a penalty inside the Glasgow 22, but the ref went to the TMO to check for foul play. Edinburgh’s Simon Berghan was seen to put his foot on Fraser Brown's head as he lay on the ground and the referee showed a red card to the Scotland prop and the home side were reduced to 14 men.

Glasgow struggled to make their man-advantage count and Edinburgh were awarded a kickable penalty after 17 minutes which Sam Hidalgo-Clyne duly converted.

With just four points in it Glasgow went looking for another score but they were unable to make any inroads inside the Edinburgh half and the home side enjoyed the majority of the possession making life difficult for Dave Rennie’s men.

With half-time fast approaching Matt Smith did really well to win the ball at the back of an Edinburgh line-out and barge his way towards the line and a few phases later Glasgow were denied a second try, when the ball was held up over the line under a pile of bodies. The ref went back for a penalty advantage and again Glasgow had a try denied, this time Samu Vunisa was held up.

Glasgow finished the half strongly and with a string of penalties, but Edinburgh did well to keep Glasgow out and the score remained 7-3 at the break.

Edinburgh Rugby 3-7 Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow started the second-half with a succession of penalties and they decided to kick one of them with Peter Horne stepping up to make it 10-3 to Glasgow after 48 minutes.

Dave Rennie made two early changes with Finn Russell coming on for Alex Dunbar, with Peter Horne moving to centre and Siua Halanukonuka replaced Zander Fagerson in the front-row.

Scott Cummings scores Glasgow's second tryMoments later Glasgow were penalised when Jamie Bhatti strayed off-side and Hidalgo-Clyne kicked the points to make it 10-6 to Glasgow.

Niko Matawalu then replaced Tommy Seymour on the wing and Oli Kebble came on for Jamie Bhatti in the front-row.

Glasgow won a further penalty after 52 minutes and Russell kicked to just outside the Edinburgh 22, but the ball was lost at the line-out and another chance had gone.

On 55 minutes Glasgow won a scrum penalty and Russell put a lovely kick into the corner.

From the resulting line-out Scott Cummings caught the ball and did really well to get himself over the line with the help of the forwards for Glasgow's second score of the game and Rusell converted to make it 6-17.

As the hour mark approached it was Edinburgh's turn to win a succession of penalties and their perseverance paid off when Nathan Fowles managed to get over for a try. Hidalgo-Clyne converted and Edinburgh were once again within four points of the Warriors (13-17).

A Glasgow Warriors penalty on 65 minutes allowed Russell to kick to the corner once again. This time the Edinburgh defence held firm and Russell was forced to chip to the corner, but the ball evaded Lee Jones on the wing.

Both teams were looking for what could be a winning score and on 75 minutes Edinburgh were awarded a penalty on halfway which they kicked inside the Glasgow 22. Edinburgh moved the ball about well but couldn't make a breakthrough. Edinburgh were awarded a further penalty with just two minutes remaining which they kicked to the corner.

Edinburgh secured the win with the final play of the game thanks to Chris Dean's quick thinking, as he picked the ball up and scored in the corner and Glasgow were left ruing missed opportunities.

The Glasgow players will be looking for a much better performance and result in seven days when they meet at Scotstoun.

live commentary 5:10 PM Saturday 23 Dec 2017

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