Edinburgh Rugby under-18 earned a combative win over their Glasgow Warriors counterparts on the Murrayfield back pitches tonight (15-5).
The match was the first age-grade encounter between the nation's two professional clubs, which will also field teams at under-16 and 17 as part of performance pathway for the country's top young talent " with the Edinburgh Rugby age-grade side selected from the best of the Borders and Edinburgh, and Glasgow Warriors picking from the Glasgow and Caledonia.
Scotland under-18 head coach Eddie Pollock was pleased with the performances of the players vying for selection for the national team.
He said: 'that was a really hard fought match tonight. I enjoyed the physicality and the effort made by both sides and I thought it was admirable that both teams tried to play some rugby in tough conditions.
"It was a huge physical contest which was ideal for us because there's a steep learning curve awaiting these boys as we move closer to Scotland age-grade matches against the likes of England, so this was a very useful exercise for the boys while we, as selectors, got to have a good look at the players in contention."
In wintry conditions, a strong cross-wind from corner to corner made it apparent from the outset that the side who took most advantage of the spell with it at the their backs would do well in the match.
In the first half it was Glasgow, but the battle that ensued between the 10 metre lines for the first 15 minutes ate into this opportunity before the first breakthrough came from the hosts.
Barnstorming number 8, Magnus Bradbury, twice got onto the ball to stride through contact to the Glasgow Warriors five metre line before the recycled try attempt was help up.
Despite this early flurry into the wind, Glasgow gradually got a grasp of the occasion and began to battle back into the contest, lengthy and quality delivery in horrid conditions from scrum-half Luke Earle created space for the visiting backs to run sweeping wide lines.
A defensive breakdown infringement handed visiting stand-off Gavin Lowe the chance to put the first points on the board, but his 25 minute attempt was wide.
The visitors did not have to wait long for a score however after Warriors blind-side Ruaridh Knott bounced the defence and offloaded to number 8 Ally Mackie to score an unconverted try at the corner.
Edinburgh Rugby full-back Gavin Parker brought good defensive counter attacking to the fore as Glasgow continued to pressure, before a team effort was required to repeatedly turn the Warriors away on the five metre line, successfully seeing out a fierce half facing into the wind.HALF TIME
: Edinburgh Rugby 0-5 Glasgow Warriors
With the wind at his back Edinburgh Rugby stand-off Matthew Douglas quickly set about making best use of the advantage, sending his team from his own 22 to the Warriors" in a single strike from a territorial penalty.
Repeated short phases got the hosts deep into Glasgow territory before blind-side back-row Scott Burnside crashed over and Douglas converted to take the lead early on (7-5).
More astute tactical kicking followed from Douglas to keep his side in the right areas, though his kicking from deck was not so accurate in the wind and rain, as a penalty attempt went wide, causing him to opt for the lineout with another penalty moments later.
This would prove to be a shrewd decision as Edinburgh Rugby worked the ball from the 22 to Burnside who crossed once more for an unconverted score (12-5).
Glasgow were not about to lie down however and, by looking after the ball,_ battered their way upfield " Knott, Mackie and Alexander Fagerson all instrumental in this physical resurgence.
On more than one occasion, however, the final phase let them down as they moved into Edinburgh's 22 and, with the wind as their ally, the hosts were able to clear their lines with a big boot and invite Glasgow to come at them from distance, before replacement back Alex Swan put the match out od sight with the final kick of the game.Final score
: Edinburgh Rugby 15-5 Glasgow Warriors
Edinburgh Rugby U18: 15 Gavin Parker (Merchiston Castle School/Biggar); 14 Ian Sim (Duns), 13 Richard Taylor (Loretto School/Melrose), 12 Henry Slater (Merchiston Castle School), 11 Rory Watt (Edinburgh Academicals); 10 Matthew Douglas (Gosforth High School/Hawick Wanderers), 9 Duncan Swanson (Edinburgh Academy), 1 Reece Paterson (North Berwick High School), 2 Ross Graham (Hawick High School/Hawick PSA), 3 Andrew McWilliam (Edinburgh Academy/Currie), 4 Matthew Poole (George Watson's College), 5 Neil Irvine-Hess (George Watson's College), 6 Scott Burnside (North Berwick High School), 7 Ally Miller (George Watson's College), 8 Magnus Bradbury (Merchiston Castle School/Oban Lorne)
Substitutes: 16 Rory Simpson (Edinburgh Academy), 17 Chris Baikie (Dunbar Grammar School/Dunbar), 18 Gary Robertson (Galashiels Academy/Gala Wanderers), 19 Lewis Carmichael (North Berwick High School), 20 Finlay Simpson (Hawick High School/Hawick PSA), 21 Struan Hutchison (Longridge Towers/Melrose), 22 Scott Halliday (Peebles High School/Peebles), 23 Alex Swan (Edinburgh Academy).
Glasgow Warriors U18: 15 Blair Cochrane (Dundee HS); 14 Callum Hay (Aberdeen Grammar RFC), 13 Archie Russell (Stirling County RFC), 12 Connor Simpkins (Dunfermline RFC), 11 Angus Rennie (Strathallan School/Deeside RFC); 10 Gavin Lowe (Ayr RFC), 9 Luke Earle-Wright (RGC/Deeside RFC); 1. Cameron Fenton (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife RFC), 2 Grant Stuart (Dalziel RFC), 3 Alexander Fagerson (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife RFC), 4 James Ritchie (Strathallan School), 5 Ewan Bulger (Marr College/Ayr RFC), 6 Ruaridh Knott (Loretto School/Highland RFC), 7 Chris Jollands (Dundee HS), 8 Alasdair Mackie (Dollar Academy/Stirling County RFC).
Substitutes: 16 Craig Goldie (Dumfries RFC), 17 Stuart Govan (Stirling County RFC)
18. Angus Wallace (Deeside RFC), 19. Angus Leishman (Stirling County RFC), 20 Ben Johnston (Marr College/Ayr RFC), 21 Calum Willison (Howe of Fife RFC), 22 Paul Ramsey (Kilmarnock RFC).