Close Fought Battle Ends In Bonus Point For Warriors

Glasgow Warriors came tantalising close to beating the newly christened Edinburgh Rugby at Murrayfield tonight in a scrappy match that came right down to the wire with the capital side claiming the14-9_victory in the dying minutes of the game._The Warriors forced the opposition to play as best as they could in the closely fought battle which in the end boiled down the bonus point loss for Glasgow.Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: a??Ita?'s frustrating._Ita?'s disappointing because of the amount of effort the boys put it, particularly when you consider that our defence whipped their butts and it was an Edinburgh team who played a lot of good attacking rugby._They didna?'t break us until a couple of our guys made poor decisions._However, I know exactly what the issues are and Ia?"m not panicking as I know how to fix it._Overall there arena?'t that many negatives as I though out guys played very well.a??The physicality and the hits that were being put in were huge in our defence but wea?"re just not clicking in attack quite yet._We need to have more confidence in attack._Wea?"ve got some great players a?" the new guys like Andy Newman and Justin Vaa?"a and of course some of the younger guys like John Beattie did very well._Dan Parks did a lot of good things at stand off, particularly with his kicking game._Another one of the new faces who was outstanding was Thom Evans._He had a couple of Cameo roles out on the wing and ita?'s criminal that we couldna?'t get the ball out to him more often.a??Next week is going to be another battle without a shadow of a doubt.a??A very slippery surface and ball at a horribly drizzly Murrayfield saw both sides take a while to settle themselves with miscued kicks and knocks ons a plenty in the opening minutes of the game.A beautiful tap tackle from Alastair Kellock on Simon Webster 8 minutes into the match saw him completely rely on his height as he dived to the ground and trusted his own judgement that hea?'d clip the wingera?'s feet away from him and that he did in spectacular fashion.Webster looked sharp for the whole game but couldna?'t quite break through the last line of Glasgow defence.It was somewhat of a stalemate with both sides being very evenly matches in terms of possession and territory but with Edinburgh just edging the stats over Glasgow.Quarter of an hour in and Edinburgh centre Rob Dewey had a beautifully angled rub to slip through a gap but fell foul of the slippery surface as did his support players and eventually they managed to fumble the ball out of play.Chris Paterson broke the scoring deadlock with his first penalty of the evening and Glasgow responded well with the following sequence of consistent Edinburgh pressure._However, the end to end play saw both sides struggling to keep possession until slowly but surely, Glasgow edged their way back up field courtesy of some assured securing of the ball by fullback Sean Marsden under the high opposition kicks.Glasgowa?'s Scotland centre Andy Henderson, who consistently crossed the gain line with the ball in hand, won possession in midfield (not the first time he turned the flow of play around in with similar moves) and kicked ahead for the chase._The Warriorsa?" speedy winger Thom Evans came flying up into the faces of the backtracking Edinburgh defence and promptly tackled the bal loose and it spilled from Edinburgha?'s possession over the try line over the line but Evans had gotten there so quickly, the was little Glasgow support to claim the loose ball and Edinburgh cleared._However, play was taken back for Glasgow to be given the five metre scrum._After several pick and goes, Glasgow eventually were awarded a penalty and Allister Hogg was given a stern talking to by referee Malcolm Changleng._Glasgow tried again and when taking the ball up the middle didna?'t work, they shipped it out wide and Colin Gregor floated a long pass to Thom Evans who crossed the try line but play was called back as the last pass was deemed to be forward.A sequence of scrappy middle-of-the-pitch play from both sides saw the first half of the game out with more slipping and sliding on the wet surface._Edinburgha?'s Phil Godman tried to pull his side ahead with a drop goal attempt but the sclaffed kick bobbled under the cross bar and it wasna?'t until captain Chris Paterson stepped up again for a penalty going into half time that more points were added onto the scoreboard, taking the hosts 6-0 into the break.Glasgow looked rejuvenated going into the second half with an air of urgency and vigour about them but still keeping their composure through the fact that they now had two game orchestrators on the pitch a?" Colin Gregor at stand-off and substitute Dan Parks had come on for Sean Marsden at fullback.Gregor settled them into the half with a beautifully floated drop goal to get Glasgow onto the scoreboard and Glasgow forged ahead with their new found fire._Parks, after completing an impressive tag-team move with Hefin Oa?"Hare to usher an Edinburgh defender into touch, was called upon to add more points to the scoreboard as he stepped up for a penalty kick immediately in front of the posts ten minutes into the second half._He slotted the three points to level the scores.That prompted Edinburgh into action and with his first touch of the ball, substitute Hugo Southwell looked dangerous._His fellow Scotland players, Edinburgh captain Chris Paterson subsequently had the chance to pull the capital side ahead once again but the usually reliable kicker failed to score from in front of the posts.The run of play changed ends and Glasgow had Edinburgh on the back foot with the pressure telling when the Warriors were awarded another penalty in front of posts just inside the Edinburgh 22 which Parks duly slotted.The introduction of Parks, who was awarded Man of the Match (his second of the season),_had given the Warriors them a settled air and his boot gave them longer clearances and time to breath under an opposition defence which was always quickly up in their faces.Having said that, the bobbling ball caught Parks out in defence and he was pounced upon._Edinburgh battered the Glasgow try line for what seemed an eternity to the Warriors supporters who had made the journey along the M8 but the Glasgow defence held firm until Ross Rennie knocked on which gave the chance for Glasgow to clear up to the half way line.Into the final ten minutes of the game, it was all to play for with just three points in it._Shipping the ball out wide on the left wing, Edinburgh found themselves with a man over and Southwell squeezed in at the corner a?" from the far away stand it looked like hea?'d spilled it forward but the touch judge was right on the mark and he and the ref called it a try._Paterson was having an off night though and missed the conversion.With just a few minutes to go, the Warriors went all out to claim back the two point deficit but Edinburgh sub Duncan Hodge dashed their hopes with a well taken drop goal in the dying minutes bringing the final score to 14-9.With another Scottish derby match next week as Glasgow take on the Border Reivers at Hughenden on Friday, ita?'s all to play for in what will be a must-win match for both sides._GLASGOW WARRIORSSean Marsden, Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Thom Evans, Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge; Justin Vaa?"a, Fergus Thomson, Euan Murray, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (Captain), Andrew Wilson, John Beattie, John BarclaySubstitutes: Scott Lawson (for Thomson 58), Kevin Tkachuk (for Murray 69), Dan Turner, Donnie Macfadyen, Scott Barrow, Dan Parks (for Marsden 40), Ben AddisonEDINBURGH GUNNERSBen Cairns, Chris Paterson (captain), Marcus Di Rollo, Rob Dewey, Simon Webster, Phil Godman, Mike Blair, Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Alasdair Dickinson, Dave Duley, Scott Murray, Alasdair Strokosch, Allister Hogg, Ross RennieSubstitutes: Andrew Kelly, Dave Hewett (for Jacobsen 54), Steven Turnbull (for Duley, 29-40 blood), David Callam (for Hogg 59), Greig Laidlaw, Duncan Hodge (for Godman 54), Hugo Southwell (for Cairns 40)SCORINGSEQUENCE3-0: Chris Paterson penalty (17 mins)6-0: Chris Paterson penalty (40+4 mins)HALF TIME6-3: Colin Gregor drop goal (45mins)6-6: Dan Parks penalty (50 mins)6-9: Dan Parks penalty (63 mins)11-9: Hugo Southwell try (70 mins)14-9: Duncan Hodge drop goal (77 mins)Man of the match: Dan ParksAttendance: 4342Glasgow Warriors came tantalising close to beating the newly christened Edinburgh Rugby at Murrayfield tonight in a scrappy match that came right down to the wire with the capital side claiming the14-9_victory in the dying minutes of the game._The Warriors forced the opposition to play as best as they could in the closely fought battle which in the end boiled down the bonus point loss for Glasgow.Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: a??Ita?'s frustrating._Ita?'s disappointing because of the amount of effort the boys put it, particularly when you consider that our defence whipped their butts and it was an Edinburgh team who played a lot of good attacking rugby._They didna?'t break us until a couple of our guys made poor decisions._However, I know exactly what the issues are and Ia?"m not panicking as I know how to fix it._Overall there arena?'t that many negatives as I though out guys played very well.a??The physicality and the hits that were being put in were huge in our defence but wea?"re just not clicking in attack quite yet._We need to have more confidence in attack._Wea?"ve got some great players a?" the new guys like Andy Newman and Justin Vaa?"a and of course some of the younger guys like John Beattie did very well._Dan Parks did a lot of good things at stand off, particularly with his kicking game._Another one of the new faces who was outstanding was Thom Evans._He had a couple of Cameo roles out on the wing and ita?'s criminal that we couldna?'t get the ball out to him more often.a??Next week is going to be another battle without a shadow of a doubt.a??A very slippery surface and ball at a horribly drizzly Murrayfield saw both sides take a while to settle themselves with miscued kicks and knocks ons a plenty in the opening minutes of the game.A beautiful tap tackle from Alastair Kellock on Simon Webster 8 minutes into the match saw him completely rely on his height as he dived to the ground and trusted his own judgement that hea?'d clip the wingera?'s feet away from him and that he did in spectacular fashion.Webster looked sharp for the whole game but couldna?'t quite break through the last line of Glasgow defence.It was somewhat of a stalemate with both sides being very evenly matches in terms of possession and territory but with Edinburgh just edging the stats over Glasgow.Quarter of an hour in and Edinburgh centre Rob Dewey had a beautifully angled rub to slip through a gap but fell foul of the slippery surface as did his support players and eventually they managed to fumble the ball out of play.Chris Paterson broke the scoring deadlock with his first penalty of the evening and Glasgow responded well with the following sequence of consistent Edinburgh pressure._However, the end to end play saw both sides struggling to keep possession until slowly but surely, Glasgow edged their way back up field courtesy of some assured securing of the ball by fullback Sean Marsden under the high opposition kicks.Glasgowa?'s Scotland centre Andy Henderson, who consistently crossed the gain line with the ball in hand, won possession in midfield (not the first time he turned the flow of play around in with similar moves) and kicked ahead for the chase._The Warriorsa?" speedy winger Thom Evans came flying up into the faces of the backtracking Edinburgh defence and promptly tackled the bal loose and it spilled from Edinburgha?'s possession over the try line over the line but Evans had gotten there so quickly, the was little Glasgow support to claim the loose ball and Edinburgh cleared._However, play was taken back for Glasgow to be given the five metre scrum._After several pick and goes, Glasgow eventually were awarded a penalty and Allister Hogg was given a stern talking to by referee Malcolm Changleng._Glasgow tried again and when taking the ball up the middle didna?'t work, they shipped it out wide and Colin Gregor floated a long pass to Thom Evans who crossed the try line but play was called back as the last pass was deemed to be forward.A sequence of scrappy middle-of-the-pitch play from both sides saw the first half of the game out with more slipping and sliding on the wet surface._Edinburgha?'s Phil Godman tried to pull his side ahead with a drop goal attempt but the sclaffed kick bobbled under the cross bar and it wasna?'t until captain Chris Paterson stepped up again for a penalty going into half time that more points were added onto the scoreboard, taking the hosts 6-0 into the break.Glasgow looked rejuvenated going into the second half with an air of urgency and vigour about them but still keeping their composure through the fact that they now had two game orchestrators on the pitch a?" Colin Gregor at stand-off and substitute Dan Parks had come on for Sean Marsden at fullback.Gregor settled them into the half with a beautifully floated drop goal to get Glasgow onto the scoreboard and Glasgow forged ahead with their new found fire._Parks, after completing an impressive tag-team move with Hefin Oa?"Hare to usher an Edinburgh defender into touch, was called upon to add more points to the scoreboard as he stepped up for a penalty kick immediately in front of the posts ten minutes into the second half._He slotted the three points to level the scores.That prompted Edinburgh into action and with his first touch of the ball, substitute Hugo Southwell looked dangerous._His fellow Scotland players, Edinburgh captain Chris Paterson subsequently had the chance to pull the capital side ahead once again but the usually reliable kicker failed to score from in front of the posts.The run of play changed ends and Glasgow had Edinburgh on the back foot with the pressure telling when the Warriors were awarded another penalty in front of posts just inside the Edinburgh 22 which Parks duly slotted.The introduction of Parks, who was awarded Man of the Match (his second of the season),_had given the Warriors them a settled air and his boot gave them longer clearances and time to breath under an opposition defence which was always quickly up in their faces.Having said that, the bobbling ball caught Parks out in defence and he was pounced upon._Edinburgh battered the Glasgow try line for what seemed an eternity to the Warriors supporters who had made the journey along the M8 but the Glasgow defence held firm until Ross Rennie knocked on which gave the chance for Glasgow to clear up to the half way line.Into the final ten minutes of the game, it was all to play for with just three points in it._Shipping the ball out wide on the left wing, Edinburgh found themselves with a man over and Southwell squeezed in at the corner a?" from the far away stand it looked like hea?'d spilled it forward but the touch judge was right on the mark and he and the ref called it a try._Paterson was having an off night though and missed the conversion.With just a few minutes to go, the Warriors went all out to claim back the two point deficit but Edinburgh sub Duncan Hodge dashed their hopes with a well taken drop goal in the dying minutes bringing the final score to 14-9.With another Scottish derby match next week as Glasgow take on the Border Reivers at Hughenden on Friday, ita?'s all to play for in what will be a must-win match for both sides._GLASGOW WARRIORSSean Marsden, Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Thom Evans, Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge; Justin Vaa?"a, Fergus Thomson, Euan Murray, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (Captain), Andrew Wilson, John Beattie, John BarclaySubstitutes: Scott Lawson (for Thomson 58), Kevin Tkachuk (for Murray 69), Dan Turner, Donnie Macfadyen, Scott Barrow, Dan Parks (for Marsden 40), Ben AddisonEDINBURGH GUNNERSBen Cairns, Chris Paterson (captain), Marcus Di Rollo, Rob Dewey, Simon Webster, Phil Godman, Mike Blair, Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Alasdair Dickinson, Dave Duley, Scott Murray, Alasdair Strokosch, Allister Hogg, Ross RennieSubstitutes: Andrew Kelly, Dave Hewett (for Jacobsen 54), Steven Turnbull (for Duley, 29-40 blood), David Callam (for Hogg 59), Greig Laidlaw, Duncan Hodge (for Godman 54), Hugo Southwell (for Cairns 40)SCORINGSEQUENCE3-0: Chris Paterson penalty (17 mins)6-0: Chris Paterson penalty (40+4 mins)HALF TIME6-3: Colin Gregor drop goal (45mins)6-6: Dan Parks penalty (50 mins)6-9: Dan Parks penalty (63 mins)11-9: Hugo Southwell try (70 mins)14-9: Duncan Hodge drop goal (77 mins)Man of the match: Dan ParksAttendance: 4342