Russell levels 1872 Cup battle

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:20
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PRO14 MATCH REPORT: Finn Russell's boot was the difference as Glasgow Warriors battled to victory over Edinburgh in the second leg of the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun, avenging last week's shock loss in the capital.

In a match which saw the stadium evacuated at the end of the first-half after a fire alarm, Glasgow turned in a solid second-half display against an Edinburgh side missing several big names in the pack.

After the defeat at Murrayfield, the home side got back to winning ways in the Pro14 with a dogged defensive display as they nullified the threat of the visitors, with Russell kicking four penalties and Lee Jones adding a late try.

David Rennie's side took the lead on six minutes through Russell's first three-pointer, but Edinburgh bounced back impressively, enjoying the lion's share of possession and territory as the half wore on.

Damien Hoyland had a try ruled out for Richard Cockerill's men on 11 minutes after hooker Stuart McInally showed a tremendous burst of speed to hare towards the posts.

However, his offload under pressure went forward, despite Hoyland finishing in the corner, and it was ruled out.

Edinburgh plugged away for the rest of the half, which was cut short two minutes from the interval after the stadium was temporarily evacuated due to a fire alarm.

Both teams agreed to cut that half short and play restarted with the second period.

Russell sent another solid penalty between the posts just two minutes after the break to stretch the hosts' lead.

And while Edinburgh could not capitalise when they had possession, it was Glasgow's forwards who grew into the game and increasingly sniffed out the danger posed by Edinburgh.

The discipline of Cockerill's side slipped in the second period – they conceded 17 penalties throughout the contest – another of which was sent flying through the posts by the clinical Russell just before the hour mark.

Six minutes from time, Edinburgh was penalised for not rolling away, which allowed Russell to step up once more and take his side into double figures with a fourth kick from the tee.

And Lee Jones put the icing on the cake for Rennie's men as he crashed over after the clock had ticked into overtime, Russell missing the resulting conversion from the touchline.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Try:
Jones
Pens: Russell 4

For Edinburgh:
None

Yellow cards: Chris Fusaro (Glasgow, 80), Fraser McKenzie (Edinburgh, 80)

Teams:

Glasgow: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Niko Matawalu, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Jonny Gray (captain), 4 Kiran McDonald, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jamie Bhatti.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Siua Halanukonuka, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Huw Jones.

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Matt Shields, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Murray McCallum.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Jordan Lay, 18 Elliot Millar-Mills, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Cornell du Preez, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Darcy Graham.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Sam Grove-White, Keith Allen (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

Source: @PRO14Official

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