Edinburgh in driving seat after dominating display
Glasgow Warriors have it all to do after being dominated by Edinburgh in the first leg of the 1872 Cup (pic: SNS Group)
Edinburgh 23 Glasgow 7
Richard Cockerill hailed his ‘outstanding’ Edinburgh side after they established a 16-point lead over Glasgow in the first leg of the 1872 Cup.
The home side dominated proceedings at BT Murrayfield in front of 21,000 spectators and carved out a deserved advantage to take into the return meeting at Scotstoun.
“I thought we were outstanding; we pressured them into making errors and took advantage,” said Cockerill. “I’m really proud of the performance.
“They came here to win, they picked their best side, they wanted to come here and physically dominate us and they weren’t able to.
“We are a tough team to beat and we were tough to beat today. We are a good side, we are developing really well and we are going to get stronger and stronger.”
That’s bad news for Glasgow, who were well off the pace for large chunks of a game many fancied them to win.
The comfortable scoreline didn’t flatter the hosts, Glasgow contributing to their own demise with Edinburgh’s two tries stemming from breakaways.
On both occasions van der Merwe was in the right place at the right time to take passes from Adam Hastings.
Warriors coach Dave Rennie said: “It was well under the intensity and accuracy we’ve been playing with over the last few months.
“We knew they were going to kick a lot of ball to us and knew how they were going to defend, but we got too lateral and we tried to throw passes over the top and they got picked off. We created our own problems.”
Edinburgh: Kinghorn; Graham, Johnstone, Dean, Van der Merwe; Van der Walt, Pyrgos; Schoeman, McInally (capt), Nel, Toolis, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Watson, Mata.
Replacements: Cherry (McInally 65 mins), Dell (Schoeman 58 mins), Ceccarelli (Nel 61 mins) , Hunter-Hill (Toolis 65 mins), Crosbie (Hamilton 54 mins), Fowles (Pyrgos 71 mins), Hickey (Van der Walt 73 mins), Socino (Dean 72 mins).
Glasgow Warriors: Hogg; Seymour, Grigg, P Horne, Van der Merwe; Hastings, G Horne; Kebble, Stewart, Halanukonuka, Harley, Gray, Ashe, Gibbins (capt), M Fagerson.
Replacements: Bryce (Van der Merwe 69 mins), Bhatti (Kebble 65 mins), Rae (Halanukonuka 54 mins), Swinson (Harley 58 mins), Fusaro (Ashe 58 mins), Price (G Horne 63 mins), Jones (Hastings 61 mins), Matawalu (Seymour 61 mins).