Glasgow'S Magnificent Defence In Inter-City Victory

Glasgow 12, Edinburgh 10Glasgow passed a notable milestone this evening on an historic journey. Victory against Edinburgh at Old Anniesland was their fiftieth in the long-running Inter-City series.Following on the away victory against The Borders, it was Glasgow's second win against Scottish opposition on successive weekends. To achieve it, however, Glasgow had to dig far deeper than they had ever mined into their reserves of stamina, determination, and a dogged, fearsome 'they shall not pass" attitude. It was as if Glasgow had built a moveable curtain wall of white granite.Edinburgh breached the barrier only once. That was with more than an hour gone in the game, and it done almost by undermining the wall, the visiting pack shoving a five-metre scrum over for David Callam to score. Chris Paterson converted from well out on the right, and Edinburgh led for the first time - 10-9 after 66 minutes.Yet for much of the contest Edinburgh pummelled and pounded away in the Glasgow 22. In the cold light of debriefing, when the video is reviewed, Edinburgh will ponder and wonder how they did not win. Long after, too, they will continue not to understand how they did not win despite enough position and possession to have beaten Glasgow in two games - or even more.All else, however, achieved nothing positive, apart from a Paterson penalty goal early in the second half after Glasgow had led 6-0 at the interval. Even the seven minutes while Glasgow were down to 13 men remained scoreless - while Donnie Macfadyen and Andrew Kelly were in the sin-bin.Sean Lamont was a persistent predator when Edinburgh tried to swing the ball wide. Graeme Morrison relished tackling chores, too. Rory Kerr and Dan Parks also made notable hits. The list could go on. The team review on Monday will reveal interesting statistics in tackle made, which will be a huge ratio against those missed.Parks struck his first penalty goal after only two minutes, following a thrust to the left by Scott Barrow. Thereafter the flow was persistently against Glasgow, but they held out even after the two sin-binnings - Macfayden for illegally guddling for ball on the ground, Kelly for stamping.Edinburgh's cannon-fire at that time was as hefty as at any time in the match. Scott Murray will surely maintain for years that he scored a try in that time by burrowing under the defensive wall. At least, that was what the Edinburgh reaction clearly indicated, and frustration boiled up into a fracas so far off field in the near left corner that its details were lost to those viewing from the press tables. However, Gordon Bulloch raised the siege with a typical battering thrust, and as soon as Macfayden returned Parks landed a penalty goal from fully 40 metres.Paterson responded four minutes after the interval, and when Brendan Laney broke into the Glasgow 22 Edinburgh had a glorious chance of a try, their best of the game. But Allister Hogg knocked on from what should have been the centre's scoring pass.A break-out by Kerr, rare though it was, proved to be a key element in eventual victory. It provided the position for Parks to kick strike a drop goal for 9-3. Only then, after a lineout drive had been held up, did Callam score the pushover try.As the game edged nervously, though forcefully towards its conclusion Paterson had a chance to seal victory to Edinburgh. But his penalty struck a post, and going into added time Parks penalised a high tackle with his fourth goal, this one from 38 metres.Still, Paterson had a chance to snatch victory back. But his penalty from wide on the left was wide, and relief for Glasgow exploded with the final whistle.It will be no consolation to Edinburgh that they still lead the ancient Inter-City series by 70-50.Glasgow - Scott Barrow; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Euan Murray for Kerr (24-36 minutes), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (half-time), Paul Dearlove for Wilson (51), John Beattie for Turner (61), Murray for Harrison (63), Kenny Logan for Barrow (77). Replacements not used - Graeme Beveridge, Calvin Howarth.Penalty goals, Parks (3); drop goal, Parks.Edinburgh - Hugo Southwell; Simon Webster, Brendan Laney, Craig Joiner, Chris Paterson; Phil Godman, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Andrew Kelly, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Allister Hogg, Simon Cross. Substitutes - Craig Smith for Brannigan (51), Dougie Hall for Kelly (61), David Callam for Cross (61). Replacements not used - Alastair Kellock, Rory Lawson, Paul Boston, Michael Pyke.Try, Callam; conversion, Paterson; penalty goal, Paterson.Referee - Olan Trevor (Ireland).Attendance - 2117.Glasgow 12, Edinburgh 10Glasgow passed a notable milestone this evening on an historic journey. Victory against Edinburgh at Old Anniesland was their fiftieth in the long-running Inter-City series.Following on the away victory against The Borders, it was Glasgow's second win against Scottish opposition on successive weekends. To achieve it, however, Glasgow had to dig far deeper than they had ever mined into their reserves of stamina, determination, and a dogged, fearsome 'they shall not pass" attitude. It was as if Glasgow had built a moveable curtain wall of white granite.Edinburgh breached the barrier only once. That was with more than an hour gone in the game, and it done almost by undermining the wall, the visiting pack shoving a five-metre scrum over for David Callam to score. Chris Paterson converted from well out on the right, and Edinburgh led for the first time - 10-9 after 66 minutes.Yet for much of the contest Edinburgh pummelled and pounded away in the Glasgow 22. In the cold light of debriefing, when the video is reviewed, Edinburgh will ponder and wonder how they did not win. Long after, too, they will continue not to understand how they did not win despite enough position and possession to have beaten Glasgow in two games - or even more.All else, however, achieved nothing positive, apart from a Paterson penalty goal early in the second half after Glasgow had led 6-0 at the interval. Even the seven minutes while Glasgow were down to 13 men remained scoreless - while Donnie Macfadyen and Andrew Kelly were in the sin-bin.Sean Lamont was a persistent predator when Edinburgh tried to swing the ball wide. Graeme Morrison relished tackling chores, too. Rory Kerr and Dan Parks also made notable hits. The list could go on. The team review on Monday will reveal interesting statistics in tackle made, which will be a huge ratio against those missed.Parks struck his first penalty goal after only two minutes, following a thrust to the left by Scott Barrow. Thereafter the flow was persistently against Glasgow, but they held out even after the two sin-binnings - Macfayden for illegally guddling for ball on the ground, Kelly for stamping.Edinburgh's cannon-fire at that time was as hefty as at any time in the match. Scott Murray will surely maintain for years that he scored a try in that time by burrowing under the defensive wall. At least, that was what the Edinburgh reaction clearly indicated, and frustration boiled up into a fracas so far off field in the near left corner that its details were lost to those viewing from the press tables. However, Gordon Bulloch raised the siege with a typical battering thrust, and as soon as Macfayden returned Parks landed a penalty goal from fully 40 metres.Paterson responded four minutes after the interval, and when Brendan Laney broke into the Glasgow 22 Edinburgh had a glorious chance of a try, their best of the game. But Allister Hogg knocked on from what should have been the centre's scoring pass.A break-out by Kerr, rare though it was, proved to be a key element in eventual victory. It provided the position for Parks to kick strike a drop goal for 9-3. Only then, after a lineout drive had been held up, did Callam score the pushover try.As the game edged nervously, though forcefully towards its conclusion Paterson had a chance to seal victory to Edinburgh. But his penalty struck a post, and going into added time Parks penalised a high tackle with his fourth goal, this one from 38 metres.Still, Paterson had a chance to snatch victory back. But his penalty from wide on the left was wide, and relief for Glasgow exploded with the final whistle.It will be no consolation to Edinburgh that they still lead the ancient Inter-City series by 70-50.Glasgow - Scott Barrow; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Euan Murray for Kerr (24-36 minutes), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (half-time), Paul Dearlove for Wilson (51), John Beattie for Turner (61), Murray for Harrison (63), Kenny Logan for Barrow (77). Replacements not used - Graeme Beveridge, Calvin Howarth.Penalty goals, Parks (3); drop goal, Parks.Edinburgh - Hugo Southwell; Simon Webster, Brendan Laney, Craig Joiner, Chris Paterson; Phil Godman, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Andrew Kelly, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Allister Hogg, Simon Cross. Substitutes - Craig Smith for Brannigan (51), Dougie Hall for Kelly (61), David Callam for Cross (61). Replacements not used - Alastair Kellock, Rory Lawson, Paul Boston, Michael Pyke.Try, Callam; conversion, Paterson; penalty goal, Paterson.Referee - Olan Trevor (Ireland).Attendance - 2117.