Visser helps Edinburgh down Glasgow


Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Edinburgh reclaimed the 1872 Trophy with a 20-8 Guinness PRO12 victory over Glasgow at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh’s victory, a week after they lost 16-6 to Glasgow at Scotstoun, saw them bolster their chances of a top-six finish as they climbed to joint seventh in the standings.

Victory was secured courtesy of a brace of first-half tries from Tim Visser, the second one being an interception score which began in the winger’s own 22.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, who had already kicked two penalties, converted both and Edinburgh led 20-3 at half-time.

A try two minutes after the restart by scrum-half Nikola Matawalu, added to Finn Russell’s first-half penalty, should have given Glasgow something to build on but with their pack being outplayed there was no way back.

Edinburgh kicked off in dry conditions and both sides started brightly, each achieving a position in the opposition 22 in the opening two minutes, only to then give away penalties.

The game then became very stop-start. Edinburgh were twice penalised for scrum infringements, with Russell putting Glasgow ahead from the first award before Hidalgo-Clyne’s successful 17th-minute kick brought the hosts level.

With Glasgow now the principal sinners, Hidalgo-Clyne put his side 6-3 ahead on 25 minutes.

Then in just four minutes, starting in the 29th, Edinburgh opened a dramatic lead, again helped by Glasgow errors.

Having been turned over in midfield, Glasgow found themselves on the back foot in their own 22 only for Matawalu’s attempted clearing kick to be charged down.

Edinburgh swiftly transferred the ball from left to right with Visser popping up in mid-three quarter line to slice through for a try converted by Hidalgo-Clyne.

From the restart, Glasgow appeared to be trying too hard and an over-ambitious pass by centre Pete Horne was intercepted by Visser on his 22 and there was no stopping him as sprinted home for his second try in four minutes. Hidalgo-Clyne converted and Edinburgh went into the interval with a 17-point lead.

Glasgow came out roaring after the break and within two minutes had pulled back an unconverted try from Matawalu.

He went up the blindside of a line-out drive, chipped ahead and was first to the ball to touch down and give Glasgow hope.

The game then became very loose with Glasgow’s renowned line-out letting them down as Edinburgh pinched three successive throws, and they failed to make anything of breaks by Russell and replacement lock Leone Nakarawa.

As the third quarter ended, with the Glasgow scrum now regularly penalised, Hidalgo-Clyne shaved the underside of the Glasgow crossbar with a straight, long-range penalty attempt and then missed from closer range before the final whistle.

Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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