Glasgow Lose Another Home Match

Glasgow 19, Edinburgh 23Glasgow's one-time proud home record is now but a distant memory. For the second successive Hughenden match Glasgow suffered defeat when Edinburgh lifted the Virgin Trains Cup this evening as well as advancing their standing in the Welsh/Scottish League.Edinburgh are now fifth in the league whereas Glasgow languish in the nether regions, third from the foot of the table, a far cry from the place they held at the top of the league in the autumn. Winning at home again is a necessity if they are to catch Edinburgh in the chase for the better Scottish position in next season's Heineken Cup.Glasgow were a shadow of the team they were in those early days of the season, and they could not claim an excuse in the loss of four Scotland players who were being saved for the Cardiff international against Wales in eight days" time. The visitors had suffered the loss of the same number of personnel in the national cause. In addition, Glasgow's loss of Alan Bulloch after a training injury yesterday was more than counter-balanced by the withdrawals of Marcus di Rollo and Steve Scott from the Edinburgh XV earlier today.Yet Edinburgh had a hunger that Glasgow lacked for much of the game. That difference was so wide in the first quarter their opening salvo of 17 points sunk Glasgow. That was too much of a millstone for Glasgow to bear even though they clawed back points and a few credits in the second half.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, as frustrated and extremely disappointed that his team failed to perform. "You can't expect to win matches playing the way we did in the first half. Our players let themselves down and let us all down when there was a big crowd here." The official attendance was counted up as 4358.Duncan Hodge's first penalty goal forced Glasgow on to the back foot as early as the second minute, and after Tommy Hayes had missed touch in the Edinburgh 22 with a long penalty kick the visiting stand-off struck again. His break opened the way for David Officer to score a try that Hodge converted.Before then, Andy Hall had stolen an Edinburgh lineout throw, but that success was deceptive. Edinburgh went on to control the touchline, and though the same Hall put himself about in the loose, it was a lineout steal that created the scope for Kevin Utterson's try. Hodge again converted for 17-0.Hayes missed a penalty from 40 metres after half an hour, and though he was successful from similar range eight minutes later, Hodge immediately hit back with a drop goal so that Edinburgh carried their 17-point advantage into the interval.Hayes kicked a penalty goal from almost halfway in the first minute of the second half, and soon afterwards his break from halfway allowed the eager Rory Kerr to sprint through into the Edinburgh 22. Todd Blackadder was sin-binned there - the former New Zealand captain shown a yellow card by his compatriot, Paddy O"Brien - and Glasgow immediately exploited the numerical advantage. Dougie Hall and Nathan Ross were held up close to the Edinburgh line before Graeme Beveridge slipped through from a scrum for a try that Hayes converted.Edinburgh's lead was down to seven points, but it was a false dawn for Glasgow. Gordon Simpson, like Blackadder, was sin-binned for being deliberately offside, and Hodge kicked another penalty goal.Two more penalty goals by Hayes, one from more than 40 metres, cut Edinburgh back to four points, and for the first time in the match Glasgow produced patches of pressure. However, errors in judgment and handling denied them the continuity they needed to snatch what would have been a stolen victory.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Jon Steel, Jon Stuart, Andy Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Dougie Hall, Le Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Gordon Bulloch for Dougie Hall (58-60 minutes), Euan Murray for Harrison (60), Steve Griffiths for Ross (66).Scorers: Try, Beveridge; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes (4).Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Craig Joiner, David Officer, Kevin Utterson, Cammie Murray; Duncan Hodge, Graeme Burns (captain); Joel Brannigan, Carlo di Ciacca, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Matt Jolly, Andrew Dall, Graham Dall, Todd Blackadder. Substitutes - Alastair Davidson for Hines (5-13), Gavin Whittingham for Brannigan (69), Tony Walker for Graham Dall (72).Scorers: Tries, Officer, Utterson; conversions, Hodge (2); penalty goals, Hodge (2); drop goal, Hodge.Referee - Paddy O"Brien (New Zealand).Attendance: 4358.Glasgow 19, Edinburgh 23Glasgow's one-time proud home record is now but a distant memory. For the second successive Hughenden match Glasgow suffered defeat when Edinburgh lifted the Virgin Trains Cup this evening as well as advancing their standing in the Welsh/Scottish League.Edinburgh are now fifth in the league whereas Glasgow languish in the nether regions, third from the foot of the table, a far cry from the place they held at the top of the league in the autumn. Winning at home again is a necessity if they are to catch Edinburgh in the chase for the better Scottish position in next season's Heineken Cup.Glasgow were a shadow of the team they were in those early days of the season, and they could not claim an excuse in the loss of four Scotland players who were being saved for the Cardiff international against Wales in eight days" time. The visitors had suffered the loss of the same number of personnel in the national cause. In addition, Glasgow's loss of Alan Bulloch after a training injury yesterday was more than counter-balanced by the withdrawals of Marcus di Rollo and Steve Scott from the Edinburgh XV earlier today.Yet Edinburgh had a hunger that Glasgow lacked for much of the game. That difference was so wide in the first quarter their opening salvo of 17 points sunk Glasgow. That was too much of a millstone for Glasgow to bear even though they clawed back points and a few credits in the second half.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, as frustrated and extremely disappointed that his team failed to perform. "You can't expect to win matches playing the way we did in the first half. Our players let themselves down and let us all down when there was a big crowd here." The official attendance was counted up as 4358.Duncan Hodge's first penalty goal forced Glasgow on to the back foot as early as the second minute, and after Tommy Hayes had missed touch in the Edinburgh 22 with a long penalty kick the visiting stand-off struck again. His break opened the way for David Officer to score a try that Hodge converted.Before then, Andy Hall had stolen an Edinburgh lineout throw, but that success was deceptive. Edinburgh went on to control the touchline, and though the same Hall put himself about in the loose, it was a lineout steal that created the scope for Kevin Utterson's try. Hodge again converted for 17-0.Hayes missed a penalty from 40 metres after half an hour, and though he was successful from similar range eight minutes later, Hodge immediately hit back with a drop goal so that Edinburgh carried their 17-point advantage into the interval.Hayes kicked a penalty goal from almost halfway in the first minute of the second half, and soon afterwards his break from halfway allowed the eager Rory Kerr to sprint through into the Edinburgh 22. Todd Blackadder was sin-binned there - the former New Zealand captain shown a yellow card by his compatriot, Paddy O"Brien - and Glasgow immediately exploited the numerical advantage. Dougie Hall and Nathan Ross were held up close to the Edinburgh line before Graeme Beveridge slipped through from a scrum for a try that Hayes converted.Edinburgh's lead was down to seven points, but it was a false dawn for Glasgow. Gordon Simpson, like Blackadder, was sin-binned for being deliberately offside, and Hodge kicked another penalty goal.Two more penalty goals by Hayes, one from more than 40 metres, cut Edinburgh back to four points, and for the first time in the match Glasgow produced patches of pressure. However, errors in judgment and handling denied them the continuity they needed to snatch what would have been a stolen victory.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Jon Steel, Jon Stuart, Andy Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Dougie Hall, Le Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Gordon Bulloch for Dougie Hall (58-60 minutes), Euan Murray for Harrison (60), Steve Griffiths for Ross (66).Scorers: Try, Beveridge; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes (4).Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Craig Joiner, David Officer, Kevin Utterson, Cammie Murray; Duncan Hodge, Graeme Burns (captain); Joel Brannigan, Carlo di Ciacca, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Matt Jolly, Andrew Dall, Graham Dall, Todd Blackadder. Substitutes - Alastair Davidson for Hines (5-13), Gavin Whittingham for Brannigan (69), Tony Walker for Graham Dall (72).Scorers: Tries, Officer, Utterson; conversions, Hodge (2); penalty goals, Hodge (2); drop goal, Hodge.Referee - Paddy O"Brien (New Zealand).Attendance: 4358.