Glasgow'S Meadowbank Misery

Edinburgh 37, Glasgow 9Glasgow are still becalmed in the doldrums. Not even a brisk, blustery so"wester, blowing in their favour in the second half, was much of an advantage at Meadowbank tonight. Once more Glasgow saw Edinburgh pass them by and sail on towards the horizon.Edinburgh are almost out of sight in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup. They are so far ahead in the table, with another four-try bonus point this evening, that they have almost written their Heineken Cup passport for next season.Glasgow, by contrast, languish at the foot of the cup's league table. From four matches, half of their tournament programme, they have taken only two points - from a Boxing Day draw with Edinburgh at Hughenden. Glasgow have to pick up a fresh breeze to put their season on course again by beating the Borders at Hughenden on Friday next week. Otherwise, their European sponsors" product next season will be ink rather than beer.Brendan Laney scored 25 points for Edinburgh, including two of the four tries. Glasgow, once again, failed to score a try - they have crossed the opposition goal-line only once in the past four game. Their only points tonight were from three penalty goals by Calvin Howarth.Glasgow have lost more than the art of try-scoring. Their confidence has gone, and the farther that that essential recedes the more difficult it is to retrieve it. The basic skills suffer, as they did tonight. Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's head coach, lamented that his team had made 36 unforced errors over the match - 14 in the first half, and 22 after the interval. In the first 12 minutes of the second half they suffered no fewer than five turnovers.Edinburgh struck early on, exploiting a long kick ahead by Howarth, a punt that neither found touch nor forced pressure on the opposition. Chris Paterson field it not far from his own 22 and fired a long pass to Derrick Lee, who followed suit to release Simon Webster in yawning space. The left wing kicked ahead and followed up to induce a ruck from which Alastair Dickson cut through to sent Laney in from 30 metres. The stand-off converted, and Edinburgh were 7-0 after only three minutes.Twice thereafter in the first half Glasgow patiently strung together seven recycling phases. The first procured a penalty goal by Howarth in 12 minutes, but all the work that went into the second of those was wasted in a turnover.Laney answered Howarth's penalty goal in kind almost immediately, and late in the first half those two had another tit-for-tat penalty-goal exchange. Half-time came with Edinburgh leading 13-6.Laney had another penalty goal only two minutes into the second half, but Glasgow had plenty of pressure in that third quarter. Five times, though, their work was undone in turnovers, and after 58 minutes they saw the game running away from them when Craig Joiner's break sent Craig Smith in for a try between the posts. Laney again converted.Smith had been on the field as replacement for only six minutes when he scored. Another replacement prop, David Hilton, suffered a different fate soon after he took to the field - he was sin-binned.Hilton's 10 minutes was almost up when Edinburgh had another try despite Jon Steel's saving tackle on Mike Blair in front of the posts. Ian McInroy was sin-binned, allegedly offside in thwarting Edinburgh's follow-up assault on the line, and the referee awarded a penalty goal.Laney converted, and while Glasgow were still two short, Hilton waiting to return, the Joiner and Laney joined forces on the right for the stand-off galloped in to score again. This time Paterson kicked the conversion.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Simon Webster, Craig Joiner, Alastair Dickson, Chris Paterson; Brendan Laney, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - Craig Smith for Brannigan (52 minutes), Carlo di Ciacca for Hall (63), Andrew Dall for Leslie (70), Tom Philip for Laney (73), Guy Perrett for Murray (73).Tries, Laney (2), Smith, penalty try; conversions, Laney (3), Paterson; penalty goals, Laney (3).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Ian McInroy, Joe Naufahu, Stuart Moffat; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Andrew Kelly, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Gordon Simpson for Petrie (half-time), David Hilton for Blades (half-time), Nathan Ross for Hall (58), Blades for Macfadyen (67-72), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (67), Rory Kerr for Moffat (68), Barry Irving for Howarth (70), Bulloch for Lawson (73), Chris Black for Nicol (79).Penalty goals - Howarth (3).Referee - Nigel Williams (Wales).Attendance - 4107.Edinburgh 37, Glasgow 9Glasgow are still becalmed in the doldrums. Not even a brisk, blustery so"wester, blowing in their favour in the second half, was much of an advantage at Meadowbank tonight. Once more Glasgow saw Edinburgh pass them by and sail on towards the horizon.Edinburgh are almost out of sight in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup. They are so far ahead in the table, with another four-try bonus point this evening, that they have almost written their Heineken Cup passport for next season.Glasgow, by contrast, languish at the foot of the cup's league table. From four matches, half of their tournament programme, they have taken only two points - from a Boxing Day draw with Edinburgh at Hughenden. Glasgow have to pick up a fresh breeze to put their season on course again by beating the Borders at Hughenden on Friday next week. Otherwise, their European sponsors" product next season will be ink rather than beer.Brendan Laney scored 25 points for Edinburgh, including two of the four tries. Glasgow, once again, failed to score a try - they have crossed the opposition goal-line only once in the past four game. Their only points tonight were from three penalty goals by Calvin Howarth.Glasgow have lost more than the art of try-scoring. Their confidence has gone, and the farther that that essential recedes the more difficult it is to retrieve it. The basic skills suffer, as they did tonight. Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's head coach, lamented that his team had made 36 unforced errors over the match - 14 in the first half, and 22 after the interval. In the first 12 minutes of the second half they suffered no fewer than five turnovers.Edinburgh struck early on, exploiting a long kick ahead by Howarth, a punt that neither found touch nor forced pressure on the opposition. Chris Paterson field it not far from his own 22 and fired a long pass to Derrick Lee, who followed suit to release Simon Webster in yawning space. The left wing kicked ahead and followed up to induce a ruck from which Alastair Dickson cut through to sent Laney in from 30 metres. The stand-off converted, and Edinburgh were 7-0 after only three minutes.Twice thereafter in the first half Glasgow patiently strung together seven recycling phases. The first procured a penalty goal by Howarth in 12 minutes, but all the work that went into the second of those was wasted in a turnover.Laney answered Howarth's penalty goal in kind almost immediately, and late in the first half those two had another tit-for-tat penalty-goal exchange. Half-time came with Edinburgh leading 13-6.Laney had another penalty goal only two minutes into the second half, but Glasgow had plenty of pressure in that third quarter. Five times, though, their work was undone in turnovers, and after 58 minutes they saw the game running away from them when Craig Joiner's break sent Craig Smith in for a try between the posts. Laney again converted.Smith had been on the field as replacement for only six minutes when he scored. Another replacement prop, David Hilton, suffered a different fate soon after he took to the field - he was sin-binned.Hilton's 10 minutes was almost up when Edinburgh had another try despite Jon Steel's saving tackle on Mike Blair in front of the posts. Ian McInroy was sin-binned, allegedly offside in thwarting Edinburgh's follow-up assault on the line, and the referee awarded a penalty goal.Laney converted, and while Glasgow were still two short, Hilton waiting to return, the Joiner and Laney joined forces on the right for the stand-off galloped in to score again. This time Paterson kicked the conversion.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Simon Webster, Craig Joiner, Alastair Dickson, Chris Paterson; Brendan Laney, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - Craig Smith for Brannigan (52 minutes), Carlo di Ciacca for Hall (63), Andrew Dall for Leslie (70), Tom Philip for Laney (73), Guy Perrett for Murray (73).Tries, Laney (2), Smith, penalty try; conversions, Laney (3), Paterson; penalty goals, Laney (3).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Ian McInroy, Joe Naufahu, Stuart Moffat; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Andrew Kelly, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Gordon Simpson for Petrie (half-time), David Hilton for Blades (half-time), Nathan Ross for Hall (58), Blades for Macfadyen (67-72), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (67), Rory Kerr for Moffat (68), Barry Irving for Howarth (70), Bulloch for Lawson (73), Chris Black for Nicol (79).Penalty goals - Howarth (3).Referee - Nigel Williams (Wales).Attendance - 4107.