Edinburgh v Glasgow: Edinburgh player ratings

Jaco van der Walt
Jaco van der Walt played a ey role in a dominant performance for Edinburgh. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

15. Blair Kinghorn – 7 out of 10

Great hands released Chris Dean early on but the centre couldn’t quite send Henry Pyrgos home. Warriors weren’t good enough to put the youngster under pressure. Penalised late in the match for colliding with opposite number Stuart Hogg after the kick had gone, but there wasn’t much in it.

14. Darcy Graham – 7

Gave away one silly penalty at the start of the second half, and had one or two hesitant moments on kick receipt, but generally solid and competed as ferociously as ever. Didn’t get too many chances to dazzle with ball in hand but battled for the hard yards.

13. James Johnstone – 8

A major step forward for the sevens expert in his evolution into a 15s player. Asked questions when on the ball and harried Warriors relentlessly in defence.

12. Chris Dean – 8

A powerhouse performance in midfield. Carried with real intent and a key man in a forceful defensive performance which frustrated the Warriors and pushed them into making costly errors. He came through the ranks as a back-row and that showed in the way he competed in the tackle.

11. Duhan van der Merwe  – 9

The two try hero! Had the pace to make the line just ahead of the desperately covering Stuart Hogg for a 70-metre interception try on 12-minutes, made good ground in the lead up to Edinburgh earning the penalty which got them back on the front foot early in the second half, and then finished off an excellent night with a second interception try, this time from 80-metres, on the hour mark.


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10. Jaco van der Walt – 8

Kicked five from five and controlled the shape and tempo of the game almost exactly as head coach Richard Cockerill would have wanted. Didn’t give Warriors’ dangerous back three a sniff. Appears to have usurped Simon Hickey for the top stand-off slot.

9. Henry Pyrgos – 8

Showed what a great piece of business his recruitment was for Edinburgh during the summer with an accomplished all-round performance against his old club. Not as flash as the guys he left behind at Glasgow but perfectly suited to the way Edinburgh want to play. Intercepted Nick Grigg late on but was never going to have the legs to do a ‘Duhan’.

1. Pierre Schoeman – 8

A giant at scrum and in the loose. Replaced by Allan dell on 58 minutes.

2. Stuart McInally – 7

With Fraser Brown and George Turner touch-and-go for the Six Nations, Scotland needs this man to stay fit – but he has a lot of big rugby to play for Edinburgh before then.

3. WP Nel – 7

Totally dominant in the scrum, quieter in the loose than his team-mates.

4. Ben Toolis – 8

His 100th game for Edinburgh and marked the occasion in style. Somehow got his hands on the ball to win a scrum when Warriors had a chance to drive a line-out from five yards towards the end of the first half.

5. Grant Gilchrist – 8

Heavily involved in the carrying early on as Edinburgh took the game to their opponents, and rose well to collect the restart after van der Walt’s early penalty which allowed Edinburgh to keep the pressure on after a promising start.

6. Luke Hamilton – 8

Another impressive performance both in defence and attack, before going off in 54 minutes for a Head Injury Assessment, which he failed.

7. Hamish Watson – 8

Earned a valuable penalty over the ball from Nick Grigg on Warriors first foray into Edinburgh territory on 16 minutes, to get Edinburgh back on the front foot.

8. Villiame Mata – 7

A fairly quiet match by his own heroic standards, but did contribute a couple of useful carries and not averse to rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck into the less glamorous aspects of the game.

Replacements

16. Dave Cherry – 6

Brought energy after replacing Stuart McInally on 65 minutes.

17. Allan Dell – 6

Carried on from where Schoeman left off after replacing his fellow South African in the 58th minute.

18. Pietro Ceccarelli – 5

Scrum didn’t look as dominant with him at tight-head.

19. Callum Hunter-Hill – 6

Great experience for a young player to be understudying Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist in this sort of form.

20. Luke Crosbie – 6

Got the final 26 minute after Luke Hamilton went for, and failed, and HIA.

21. Nathan Fowles – 5

Replaced Henry Pyrgos late on.

22. Simon Hickey – 5

Got seven minutes at the end after replacing the excellent van der Walt.

23. Juan Pablo Socino – 5

Came on for Chris Dean with eight minutes to go.


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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.