Glasgow v Edinburgh: Glasgow Warriors player ratings

Home team fail to shine for the second week on the trot

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Warriors scrum-half Ali Price is caught by the flying tackle from Edinburgh centre Chris Dean.. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

15. Stuart Hogg – 6 out of 10

Seemed to catch Adam Hastings’ bug from last week when he threw an interception pass to his Hawick buddy Darcy Graham during the first quarter – which at least didn’t lead to an Edinburgh try but did derail Glasgow’s first promising attacking platform. Got back well in defence to make a try saving tackle on Duhan van der Merwe, and sniffed out a couple of half gaps without managing to open the field up, before being taken off at half-time with a hip/groin problem.

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14. Tommy Seymour – 7

Great take of a high ball to release Hogg early on, and caused a few ripples in the Edinburgh defence with a determined run at the start of the second half, but Edinburgh once again did an excellent job of starving Glasgow’s dangerous backline of opportunities to shine.

13. Alex Dunbar – 5

A frustrating return to Warriors action after more than a two-month absence, with few opportunities to make an impact before hobbling off with off with a leg injury in the 43rd minute.

12. Peter Horne – 6

A good tackle snuffed out the danger when van der Merwe found himself in space towards the end of the first half, but not much opportunity to make an impact in attack with Glasgow living off scraps.

11. Niko Matawalu  – 6

Constantly looking for work and had one or two carries but generally found himself taking on a brick wall.

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10. Adam Hastings – 6

Not everything he did was great but he showed admirable resilience in his determination to continue to play on the edge despite what happened last week. Shanked his conversion attempt after George Horne’s late try, which Warriors really needed to get if they were to mount an improbable la

9. Ali Price – 6

Couldn’t find a way to spark anything behind a well beaten pack.

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1. Oli Kebble – 4

Conceded a penalty at the first scrum which handed Edinburgh a fifth minute lead, and he continued to struggle until referee George Clancy eventually lost patience in the 47th minute and issued a yellow-card. It was no surprise that he did not return after his ten minutes in the cooler.

2. Grant Stewart – 4

When your scrum is on the back foot, the line-out needs to be rock solid, and after four lost throws it wasn’t a huge surprise when he was replaced by Kevin Bryce at half-time.

3. D’Arcy Rae – 4

Was replaced by Siua Halanukonuka immediately after Glasgow were shoved off the ball in the lead-up to McInally’s try. Which said it all. Dave Rennie says he still believes Glasgow have a good scrum and came unstuck against questionable Edinburgh tactics, but that’s two different referees who have sided with Edinburgh now and future opponents are bound to have taken note.

4. Tim Swinson – 6

Tried manfully to inject some belligerence into Warriors’ forward effort, but it was hard when their set-piece was being blown apart and all the momentum was with Edinburgh. Replaced by Rob Harley on 56 minutes.

5. Jonny Gray – 5

One or two carries early on but for the second week running he played second fiddle to Gilchrist and Toolis.

6. Ryan Wilson – 5

Conceded a needless penalty for childishly tapping an Edinburgh player on the head after they had surrendered a scrum from a failed line-out drive, which handed the visitors the impetus for their second successful penalty just before the break. Aways battles but couldn’t impose himself.

7. Callum Gibbins – 6

Came a distant second to Hamish Watson for the second week running. Without fast ball, the Warriors are always going to struggle.

8. Matt Fagerson – 6

Will be annoyed at himself for falling off Ben Toolis to allow the Edinburgh man a gallop up the middle of the park toward the end of the first half. This is one of the games which this exciting young player will learn from.


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16. Kevin Bryce – 5

Replaced Grant Stewart at half-time and the line-out did seem to function better.

17. Jamie Bhatti – 4

Came on in the 48th minute after Kebble’s carding and Warriors were promptly shoved off the ball, gifting Edinburgh the possession which led directly to Stuart McInally scoring the decisive try..

18. Siua Halanukonuka – 4

The scrum penalties kept on coming after his 49th minute arrival, including a collapsed one which he was fingered for that allowed van der Walt to kick the points which made it 3-16.

19. Rob Harley – 5

Replaced Tim Swinson in 56 minutes which did little to alter the pattern of this match.

20. Chris Fusaro – 5

The game was gone by the time he replaced Peter Horne in the 71st minute.

21. George Horne – 6

Wriggled over from close range with there minutes to go which handed Warriors the chance of a lifeline.

22. Sam Johnson – 5

Sniffed out a gap straight from scrum ball and looked like he was going to send Matawalu in for the score which would have salvaged a bona point, but his pass went behind the winger.

23. DTH van der Merwe – 5

Half-time replacement for Hogg.


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