Glasgow Denied Victory By Last-Gasp Edinburgh Try

Edinburgh 13, Glasgow 13A try by Martin Leslie for Edinburgh after more than seven minutes" added time denied Glasgow victory in the Virgin Trains Cup match on a bitterly cold, blustery evening today at Myreside. However, from wide on the left, Brendan Laney failed with what would have been the winning conversion.Glasgow would justifiably view the result as a case of two points lost. After all, they had pulled their game together after a thoroughly disappointing first half, and they led from the minute immediately after the interval. Edinburgh, conversely, would view the result as a point salvaged."It was very disappointing the way it ended," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, summed up the finale. "I thought we had just done enough to deserve to win." In terms of the Welsh/Scottish League the result made no difference to the teams" positions in the table - Edinburgh seventh, Glasgow eighth. Both, however, lost ground in relation to Llanelli, the league leaders, though Glasgow have games in hand. As for the Virgin Trains Cup series, the draw tonight means that the return match will be the decider, when Edinburgh visit Hughenden on Friday 29 March.All in all, tonight's match was exciting, if not the best of contests. The weather, with occasional snow flurries swirling in the wind, put paid that possibility - as well as fuelling the cause of those who - among them Jim Telfer, the SRU's director of rugby - argue for the game to be played in more amenable conditions instead of the dead of winter.Yet players such as Tommy Hayes rose above the conditions by playing well within the bounds dictated by the weather. His handling and passing were secure, his kicking from hand was mainly accurate, and he had that overall determination that marks him when he is on song. Deservedly, he was the official man of the match.From five kicks at goal Hayes kicked two penalties and a conversion from far out on the left for a 13-5 lead only five minutes into the second half. His 60% striking ratio was acceptable in the conditions. Certainly it was better than either of Edinburgh's kickers. Duncan Hodge had three misses, including one penalty inside the Glasgow 22, and Laney struck only one out of three whereas six days earlier he had kicked seven goals in Scotland's win in Rome.Undoubtedly, the greatest concern in the Glasgow performance was the failure of the lineout to function effectively throughout the first half. Yet the visitors persevered after the loss of a try to Derrick Lee only three minutes into the game, the Edinburgh right wing skipping round the blind side of a close-range scrummage. Nathan Ross, Jason White, and Gordon Bulloch did their bit in the loose, and Donnie Macfadyen worked himself comfortably back into the game after more than five months" injury absence.Two penalty goals by Hayes bracketed the interval, and once Glasgow were ahead for the first time at 6-5 they promptly added a try by Alan Bulloch, half-time replacement for Rory Kerr. Ironically, that score was initiated by the lineout game that had been misfiring in the first half. White won possession at the tail, Hayes struck huge garryowen that fell just short of the Edinburgh 22, and though Laney seemed to have tied the ball in Glasgow turned it over for White and Gordon Bulloch to link to put the substitute wing in. One brother gave the scoring pass to the other, and Hayes added the goal points.Laney took over as Edinburgh's goal-kicker, slotting the first of the two penalties which he attempted midway in the second half. With the margin cut to five points, Edinburgh had more urgency, with Todd Blackadder, Nathan Hines, and Craig Smith working usefully in the loose, and the home pack stated their challenge with one stirring, driving, churning maul from close to their own 22 into the Glasgow half.Yet Glasgow had deep, dogged reserves in defence, even while Gordon McIlwham was in the sin-bin. Ironically, the prop had returned to the contest before Edinburgh had their best chance of an equalising try. Cammie Murray could not escape Michael Bartlett's clutches as he attempted to run over on the left. Smith was only inches away from scoring in the other corner, but, with the strong Glasgow support baying and praying for the final whistle Hodge's long pass at last contrived the space for Leslie to go over to level the scores.Though naturally disappointed at failing to win, Glasgow did not forget those who had travelled along the wintry M8. As they left the field, the visiting players applauded their thanks to the support in the stand. The rapport between Glasgow players and fans continues to blend and gel.Edinburgh - Brendan Laney; Derrick Lee, Marcus di Rollo, Kevin Utterson, Chris Paterson; Duncan Hodge, Graeme Burns (captain); Allan Jacobsen, Steve Scott, Craig Smith, Matthew Jolly, Nathan Hines, Todd Blackadder, Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - David Officer for Utterson (32 minutes), Cammie Murray for Lee (61), Graham Dall for Jolly (72). Scorers - Tries, Lee, Leslie; penalty goal, Laney.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Michael Bartlett, James McLaren, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Gordon McIlwham, Steve Griffiths, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Graeme Kiddie for Metcalfe (25-35), Alan Bulloch for Kerr (half-time), Andrew Hall for Ross (66), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (69), Gareth Flockhart for Macfadyen (71), Ben Prescott for Griffiths (73-83). Scorers - Try, Alan Bulloch; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes (2).Referee - Rob Dickson (Madras College FP).Attendance - 2732.Edinburgh 13, Glasgow 13A try by Martin Leslie for Edinburgh after more than seven minutes" added time denied Glasgow victory in the Virgin Trains Cup match on a bitterly cold, blustery evening today at Myreside. However, from wide on the left, Brendan Laney failed with what would have been the winning conversion.Glasgow would justifiably view the result as a case of two points lost. After all, they had pulled their game together after a thoroughly disappointing first half, and they led from the minute immediately after the interval. Edinburgh, conversely, would view the result as a point salvaged."It was very disappointing the way it ended," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, summed up the finale. "I thought we had just done enough to deserve to win." In terms of the Welsh/Scottish League the result made no difference to the teams" positions in the table - Edinburgh seventh, Glasgow eighth. Both, however, lost ground in relation to Llanelli, the league leaders, though Glasgow have games in hand. As for the Virgin Trains Cup series, the draw tonight means that the return match will be the decider, when Edinburgh visit Hughenden on Friday 29 March.All in all, tonight's match was exciting, if not the best of contests. The weather, with occasional snow flurries swirling in the wind, put paid that possibility - as well as fuelling the cause of those who - among them Jim Telfer, the SRU's director of rugby - argue for the game to be played in more amenable conditions instead of the dead of winter.Yet players such as Tommy Hayes rose above the conditions by playing well within the bounds dictated by the weather. His handling and passing were secure, his kicking from hand was mainly accurate, and he had that overall determination that marks him when he is on song. Deservedly, he was the official man of the match.From five kicks at goal Hayes kicked two penalties and a conversion from far out on the left for a 13-5 lead only five minutes into the second half. His 60% striking ratio was acceptable in the conditions. Certainly it was better than either of Edinburgh's kickers. Duncan Hodge had three misses, including one penalty inside the Glasgow 22, and Laney struck only one out of three whereas six days earlier he had kicked seven goals in Scotland's win in Rome.Undoubtedly, the greatest concern in the Glasgow performance was the failure of the lineout to function effectively throughout the first half. Yet the visitors persevered after the loss of a try to Derrick Lee only three minutes into the game, the Edinburgh right wing skipping round the blind side of a close-range scrummage. Nathan Ross, Jason White, and Gordon Bulloch did their bit in the loose, and Donnie Macfadyen worked himself comfortably back into the game after more than five months" injury absence.Two penalty goals by Hayes bracketed the interval, and once Glasgow were ahead for the first time at 6-5 they promptly added a try by Alan Bulloch, half-time replacement for Rory Kerr. Ironically, that score was initiated by the lineout game that had been misfiring in the first half. White won possession at the tail, Hayes struck huge garryowen that fell just short of the Edinburgh 22, and though Laney seemed to have tied the ball in Glasgow turned it over for White and Gordon Bulloch to link to put the substitute wing in. One brother gave the scoring pass to the other, and Hayes added the goal points.Laney took over as Edinburgh's goal-kicker, slotting the first of the two penalties which he attempted midway in the second half. With the margin cut to five points, Edinburgh had more urgency, with Todd Blackadder, Nathan Hines, and Craig Smith working usefully in the loose, and the home pack stated their challenge with one stirring, driving, churning maul from close to their own 22 into the Glasgow half.Yet Glasgow had deep, dogged reserves in defence, even while Gordon McIlwham was in the sin-bin. Ironically, the prop had returned to the contest before Edinburgh had their best chance of an equalising try. Cammie Murray could not escape Michael Bartlett's clutches as he attempted to run over on the left. Smith was only inches away from scoring in the other corner, but, with the strong Glasgow support baying and praying for the final whistle Hodge's long pass at last contrived the space for Leslie to go over to level the scores.Though naturally disappointed at failing to win, Glasgow did not forget those who had travelled along the wintry M8. As they left the field, the visiting players applauded their thanks to the support in the stand. The rapport between Glasgow players and fans continues to blend and gel.Edinburgh - Brendan Laney; Derrick Lee, Marcus di Rollo, Kevin Utterson, Chris Paterson; Duncan Hodge, Graeme Burns (captain); Allan Jacobsen, Steve Scott, Craig Smith, Matthew Jolly, Nathan Hines, Todd Blackadder, Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - David Officer for Utterson (32 minutes), Cammie Murray for Lee (61), Graham Dall for Jolly (72). Scorers - Tries, Lee, Leslie; penalty goal, Laney.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Michael Bartlett, James McLaren, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Gordon McIlwham, Steve Griffiths, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Graeme Kiddie for Metcalfe (25-35), Alan Bulloch for Kerr (half-time), Andrew Hall for Ross (66), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (69), Gareth Flockhart for Macfadyen (71), Ben Prescott for Griffiths (73-83). Scorers - Try, Alan Bulloch; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes (2).Referee - Rob Dickson (Madras College FP).Attendance - 2732.