Lineen On Back Up Victory

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Sean Lineen
Sean Lineen admits he was pleased to see Donnie Macfadyen back in Glasgow colours during the Warriors" 17-13 back-up game win over rivals Edinburgh at Meggetland.

Macfadyen recorded his first competitive start of the season after a lay-off with a knee injury and to head coach Lineen's delight came through the match unscathed.

Speaking to www.glasgowwarriors.org, Lineen said: "It was good to see Donnie get through a half; he has got a sore calf, but it was good to see him get through.

'there were a lot of youngsters on both teams who showed up well. If I"m focusing on Glasgow, I thought the youngster Peter Horne was outstanding. He is from Bell Baxter and he was outstanding.

"I thought Colin Gregor scored a good try and Max Evans was also good for us; there were several positives that emerged from a beneficial game for Glasgow."

Glasgow took the lead at a freezing Meggetland through Hefin O"Hare after the winger picked a superb line before finishing with stand-off Colin Gregor adding the extras.

Edinburgh reduced the deficit through a penalty from trialist Cameron Ferguson before Glasgow scrum half Chris O"Young was forced off the pitch with a dead leg.

Lineen highlighted that O"Young's injury was far from serious, but revealed he was disappointed for the player.

He said: "It was a shame because he has been busting a gut to get back in. It was disappointing for Chris, but for the 15 minutes he was on there he got stuck in.

The game continued at breakneck speed with Glasgow looking incredibly dangerous on the break and only two crucial tackles from Andrew Maxwell and Roland Reid stopped the visitors from extending their lead.

But finally Edinburgh made the breakthrough when Reid, operating in the role where he originally made his name in Scotland; on the wing, evaded two tackles before off-loading to Maxwell, who touched down.

Although Ferguson missed the conversion, Edinburgh went in at half-time 8-7 ahead and the back-up game had proved to be an entertaining spectacle.

Max Evans produced some exhilarating breaks from midfield for a strong Glasgow side, but Edinburgh extended their advantage.

Replacement flanker Mark Cairns, the older brother of Scotland A centre Ben, off-loaded to Edinburgh's star performer Andrew Turnbull who crossed the whitewash.

Ferguson's conversion attempt cannoned off the post and Glasgow staged a late rally which saw Colin Gregor score a wonderful solo try and he followed that up with a penalty and a conversion to win a thrilling match.

Edinburgh: Maxwell, Turnbull (Aitken), Bonnar (Clapperton), Dey, Reid, Ferguson, Meyer (Jericevich); Allori, Kelly (Cairns), Cross (Traynor), Mustchin, Pringle, Lawrie, MacDonald, Cross (captain), Wilson

Glasgow: Horne, Fa"atau, Evans, Barrow (captain), O"Hare, Gregor, O"Young; Tkachuk, Milligan, Kalman, Newman, Palepoi, Forrester, Macfadyen, Swindall. Replacements: Gillies, Prescott, Dymock, Gray, Kelly, C. White, A. White, McGowen