Glasgow'S Meadowbank Mystery

Edinburgh 29, Glasgow 13Here's a mystery for this weekend! Why is it that Glasgow cannot produce the goods on visits to either of the other Scottish professional teams?Tonight they fell far short of expectations at Meadowbank and lost to Edinburgh in the opening match of the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup. It was all too similar to Glasgow's defeat by the Borders at Galashiels a month ago, even if this time the try count was closer, 2-1 in Edinburgh's favour.Glasgow, it seems, leave their rugby behind when they travel away from Hughenden. Nowhere on their bus is there space for the determination and spirit with which they have wrought home victories in the past two weeks against Sale Sharks (in the Heineken Cup) and Connacht (to claim a Hughenden quarter-final in the Celtic League).It was all the more worrying for Glasgow in the Meadowbank game that they recorded two of their three scores only when Edinburgh were short-handed because of yellow-card offences. Calvin Howarth kicked his second penalty goal while Derrick Lee was in the sin-bin, the full back having prevented Glasgow from taking a quick penalty close to the home goal-line, and Jon Petrie found space for a try only after Craig Joiner had had an offside yellow card, also in the danger zone.Only a few minutes before the match the Glasgow coaches decided to change their scrum half. Andy Nicol, they believed, would be better suited than Graeme Beveridge to the damp conditions.Afterwards, however, Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's head coach, denied that that late change affected the result. He pinpointed three aspects in which his team fell down - individual endeavour, tactical awareness, and tactical appreciation. No one could disagree. But the mystery remains as to why those problems are manifest more strongly when Glasgow visit their Scottish rivals.Brendan Laney added two conversions and four penalty goals to Edinburgh's tries. Duncan Hodge chipped in with a late penalty goal, and it was only fitting that the stand-off should claim a place on the scoring list as he had done much to influence the pattern that shaped into an Edinburgh victory. His line kicking at times was just what Edinburgh needed to convert their fractured game into success.Most surprisingly, Edinburgh lineout was well short of the standard that they needed as a secure platform. Yet, ironically, both of their tries were scored off lineouts, with the simply ploy of switching the ball away from the catch to target the drive off which Allan Jacobsen scored each time.Two penalty goals by Laney from almost halfway, the first after less than two minutes" play, bracketed the prop's first try. Joiner had made the telling thrust before the offside penalty that procured the lineout for that try. Howarth replied in kind to each of those Laney goals, and at the end of a stop-start first half Edinburgh led 13-6.Glasgow lost Jason White at half-time. The international had taken a knock on his head late in the first half, but, afterwards, he was not too concerned that his neck was sore.Edinburgh's lead would have been stretched in the first minute of the second half if they could have made more of Lee's eager counter-attack. But the widening process was not long delayed. Six minutes after the interval margin was 19-6 after two more Laney penalty goals, and only five minutes later, with nearly half an hour left, the game had gone from Glasgow. A Hodge diagonal to the left, with Simon Webster exerting pressure, produced the penalty lineout for another Jacobsen try.It was only then that Glasgow threw in their longest spell of sustained assault, ignited by Gordon Bulloch and Nicol. The persistent percussion hammering on the Edinburgh line produced nothing in itself, and even when the ball was eventually swung out to the right the attack foundered on Nathan Ross's knock-on.However, after 64 minutes, while Joiner was in the sin-bin, Glasgow at last breached the opposition defence. Alan Bulloch revived pressure after Laney's failed interception, and this time, when Glasgow moved right, Petrie charged through a gap for the try. Even then, with most of the last quarter still to run, Glasgow were a beaten team.Before the end, however, Barry Irving made a brief, though welcome return to the team, as did Roland Reid. It was Irving's first major game since a training injury in January, and Reid, too, was making his first appearance of the season.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Simon Webster, Brendan Laney, Alistair Dickson, Craig Joiner; Duncan Hodge, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Carlo Di Ciacca, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - Andrew Dall for Taylor (4-8 minutes), Joel Brannigan for Smith (65), Guy Perrett for Murray (65), Tom Philip for Laney (65), Dougie Hall for Di Ciacca (71), Dall for Taylor (72).Scorers: Tries, Jacobsen (2); conversions, Laney (2); penalty goals, Laney (4), Hodge. Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Nathan Ross for White (half-time), Andrew Wilson for Simpson (52), David Hilton for Harrison (52), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (60), Roland Reid for Bartlett (71), Barry Irving for Howarth (75).Scorers: Try, Petrie; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (2).Referee - Franck Maciello (France).Edinburgh 29, Glasgow 13Here's a mystery for this weekend! Why is it that Glasgow cannot produce the goods on visits to either of the other Scottish professional teams?Tonight they fell far short of expectations at Meadowbank and lost to Edinburgh in the opening match of the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup. It was all too similar to Glasgow's defeat by the Borders at Galashiels a month ago, even if this time the try count was closer, 2-1 in Edinburgh's favour.Glasgow, it seems, leave their rugby behind when they travel away from Hughenden. Nowhere on their bus is there space for the determination and spirit with which they have wrought home victories in the past two weeks against Sale Sharks (in the Heineken Cup) and Connacht (to claim a Hughenden quarter-final in the Celtic League).It was all the more worrying for Glasgow in the Meadowbank game that they recorded two of their three scores only when Edinburgh were short-handed because of yellow-card offences. Calvin Howarth kicked his second penalty goal while Derrick Lee was in the sin-bin, the full back having prevented Glasgow from taking a quick penalty close to the home goal-line, and Jon Petrie found space for a try only after Craig Joiner had had an offside yellow card, also in the danger zone.Only a few minutes before the match the Glasgow coaches decided to change their scrum half. Andy Nicol, they believed, would be better suited than Graeme Beveridge to the damp conditions.Afterwards, however, Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's head coach, denied that that late change affected the result. He pinpointed three aspects in which his team fell down - individual endeavour, tactical awareness, and tactical appreciation. No one could disagree. But the mystery remains as to why those problems are manifest more strongly when Glasgow visit their Scottish rivals.Brendan Laney added two conversions and four penalty goals to Edinburgh's tries. Duncan Hodge chipped in with a late penalty goal, and it was only fitting that the stand-off should claim a place on the scoring list as he had done much to influence the pattern that shaped into an Edinburgh victory. His line kicking at times was just what Edinburgh needed to convert their fractured game into success.Most surprisingly, Edinburgh lineout was well short of the standard that they needed as a secure platform. Yet, ironically, both of their tries were scored off lineouts, with the simply ploy of switching the ball away from the catch to target the drive off which Allan Jacobsen scored each time.Two penalty goals by Laney from almost halfway, the first after less than two minutes" play, bracketed the prop's first try. Joiner had made the telling thrust before the offside penalty that procured the lineout for that try. Howarth replied in kind to each of those Laney goals, and at the end of a stop-start first half Edinburgh led 13-6.Glasgow lost Jason White at half-time. The international had taken a knock on his head late in the first half, but, afterwards, he was not too concerned that his neck was sore.Edinburgh's lead would have been stretched in the first minute of the second half if they could have made more of Lee's eager counter-attack. But the widening process was not long delayed. Six minutes after the interval margin was 19-6 after two more Laney penalty goals, and only five minutes later, with nearly half an hour left, the game had gone from Glasgow. A Hodge diagonal to the left, with Simon Webster exerting pressure, produced the penalty lineout for another Jacobsen try.It was only then that Glasgow threw in their longest spell of sustained assault, ignited by Gordon Bulloch and Nicol. The persistent percussion hammering on the Edinburgh line produced nothing in itself, and even when the ball was eventually swung out to the right the attack foundered on Nathan Ross's knock-on.However, after 64 minutes, while Joiner was in the sin-bin, Glasgow at last breached the opposition defence. Alan Bulloch revived pressure after Laney's failed interception, and this time, when Glasgow moved right, Petrie charged through a gap for the try. Even then, with most of the last quarter still to run, Glasgow were a beaten team.Before the end, however, Barry Irving made a brief, though welcome return to the team, as did Roland Reid. It was Irving's first major game since a training injury in January, and Reid, too, was making his first appearance of the season.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Simon Webster, Brendan Laney, Alistair Dickson, Craig Joiner; Duncan Hodge, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Carlo Di Ciacca, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - Andrew Dall for Taylor (4-8 minutes), Joel Brannigan for Smith (65), Guy Perrett for Murray (65), Tom Philip for Laney (65), Dougie Hall for Di Ciacca (71), Dall for Taylor (72).Scorers: Tries, Jacobsen (2); conversions, Laney (2); penalty goals, Laney (4), Hodge. Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Nathan Ross for White (half-time), Andrew Wilson for Simpson (52), David Hilton for Harrison (52), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (60), Roland Reid for Bartlett (71), Barry Irving for Howarth (75).Scorers: Try, Petrie; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (2).Referee - Franck Maciello (France).