Glasgow 17s find cutting edge to clinch thriller
Glasgow 26 – 20 Edinburgh
Glasgow U17s started the match strongly against Edinburgh on the 4G pitch at Murrayfield last night. The half backs, David Scott and Scott Steele, organised strong surges from the forwards and some direct running from the outside backs in a concerted effort to cross the try line. After 10 minutes Edinburgh escaped their 22 and shot up field and exerted pressure in the Glasgow 22 for the first time with some clever tactical kicking – but still no try came for both sides.
The first try came on 21 minutes – Steele broke through, passed inside to Scott and Nellany finished the move off next to the posts – Scott converted (7-0). Edinburgh immediately rallied and 3 minutes later right winger John Rae finished a short sided break (7-7). The match was in full swing and 2 tries in quick succession by Glasgow put them ahead 21-7 – the pick of the brace a move flowing most of the field. Steele broke from inside his 22 fed Auld who released Hughes – Hughes was felled just over half way, but Auld gathered the offload and Templeton stretched his legs, fended the cover and dived over the try line. Just before half time Edinburgh closed the gap with a penalty from Alex Haggart.
Half time: Glasgow 21 – 10 Edinburgh
The second half was a slightly different tale with Edinburgh exerting all the pressure, Hidalgo-Clyne keeping Glasgow pinned in their half. A series of turnovers from both sides allowed the defenses to escape being punished, but it was John Rae again the finished off another Glasgow turnover (21-17). With 8 minutes remaining Edinburgh took the opportunity to close to within 1 point with a Haggart penalty. The match was set up for an exciting finale – Glasgow again took the initiative and strung some good phases together before James Stirling grubbered through and gathered to score (26-20). 3 minutes remained and Glasgow kept Edinburgh in their half to clinch a thrilling match. Congratulations to all players, coaches and officials for a thoroughly entertaining match.
Glasgow: Ferguson, Hughes (Larter), Auld, McCall, Singh (Stirling), Scott, Steele (Houston), Agnew (McQuade), MacMillan (Graham), Williamson (Barr), Templeton, Barnett, Nellany, Mulligan, Hamilton (Vernell