1872 Cup: Edinburgh player ratings

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15. Blair Kinghorn – 7 out of 10

An elegant runner and an increasingly assured presence at the back for Edinburgh . The game’s top carrier with 60 metres gained.

14. Damian Hoyland – 6

Beavered away relentlessly and had a few useful carries in heavy traffic and a couple of big tackles, but there wasn’t many real opportunities to make his mark.

13. James Johnstone – 6

Got one flash of his his quick-feet and ability to sniff out a half opportunity a few moments before his 30th minute departure but couldn’t quite thread the killer pass. Always looking to make an impact but defences were well on top during his time on the park. A crunching tackle from Gary ended his involvement.

12. Phil Burleigh – 7

Brave tackle on Fraser Brown in the first half and an increasingly influential source of rugby intelligence in the middle of the park for the capital outfit.

11. Duhan Van Der Merwe – 7

Ability to ride tackles could be a useful weapon in the weeks and months ahead, although a couple of handling errors let him down when Edinburgh had the Warriors really stretched.

10. Jaco Van Der Walt – 7

His kick-off at the start of the game did not go 10 and sent an inexcusably penalty into the corner dead midway through the first half when Edinburgh seemed to be getting the upper hand, but generally a tidy player with the ball in hand and brings an intensity which serves Edinburgh well.

9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne – 7

Looking more and more like the player we all thought he could be a few seasons ago, before the team’s slide under Alan Solomons damaged his natural ebullience.

1. Murray McCallum – 6

A tough day at the office against his old friend and sparring partner Zander Fagerson.

2. Stuart McInally – 8

A rampaging run on 10 minutes had Warriors in trouble but he lost control when trying to get the try-scroing pass away. Another all action display from one of the form players in Scottish rugby at the moment.

3. Matt Shields – 6

Scrum was a big problem. Showed plenty willingness round the park but was playing second-tier Championship rugby in England less than a month ago and it showed.

4. Ben Toolis – 7

Phenomenal work-rate, even when his natural athleticism does not get a chance to shine. His 14 tackles were more than any other player in this match.

5. Grant Gilchrist – 7

The best second-row in Scotland at the moment.

6. Jamie Ritchie– 7

Got in the Warriors’ faces at every available opportunity, which is exactly what he was there to do.

7. Hamish Watson – 7

Harshly penalised when he stopped Bhatti in his tracks with a huge hit then managed to rip the ball clear. The tackle had apparently been called and presumably Bhatti’s knee had hit the deck so the Edinburgh player should have let go off the ball. That infringement allowed Russell to make it 9-0 with just over 20 minutes to go, which always looked like being too big a mountain for Edinburgh to climb.

8.  Viliame Mata – 8

A tireless shift with the ball in hand, offloading game a huge threat and a couple of trademark thunder-clap tackles.

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