Glasgow v Edinburgh: player ratings

Glasgow Warriors flanker Rob Harley tackles Edinburgh centre Mark Bennett. Image: ©Craig Watson
Glasgow Warriors flanker Rob Harley tackles Edinburgh centre Mark Bennett. Image: ©Craig Watson

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15. Huw Jones – The experiment was a qualified success. As head coach Danny Wilson said afterwards: “He had some really good moments in the game, he dealt with a lot of high balls, probably missed one, and had maybe one kick that should have gone out. I thought on the whole he had a good performance” – 7

14. Tommy Seymour – Demonstrated his aerial excellence on a few occasions, most notably when winning back a towering Hastings kick to help establish the field position for Glasgow’s opening try – 6

13. Nick Grigg – Asked questions on the few occasions he got ball to attack. The stats say he was Glasgow’s top carrier, having made 24 yards, which gives an indication of the lack of penetration managed throughout the side – 6

12. Peter Horne – Took his try well and generally tidy – 6

11. Ratu Tagive – Solid under the high ball and made the gain line with the few opportunities he had – 6

 

10. Adam Hastings – Missed one long-range shot at goal midway through the second half when Glasgow were still ahead, which could have had a big effect on the dynamic of the remainder of the game. Struggled to pressurise Edinburgh with his kicking from hand, but generally tidy and took his try well – 6

9. Ali Price – Put opposite number Nic Groom under plenty of pressure but didn’t really spark much for his own side – 6

 

1. Oli Kebble – Being replaced by on-loan Dylan Evans at half-time when the game was very much there for the taking was hardly a ringing endorsement – 6

2. Fraser Brown – Led from the front but frustration at his team’s breakdown woes was obvious at times – 7

3. Zander Fagerson – 77 minutes at tight-head in his first game for five months is some going and shows just how important he is to his side. Had most carries of all Warriors players  – 7

4. Richie Gray – Was his team’s top tackler with 16 but caught napping by Nic Groom for Edinburgh’s first try – 7

5. Scott Cummings – Pretty quiet by the soaring standards he has set himself during the last year – 6

6. Rob Harley – Replaced by Tom Gordon in the 50th minute. Glasgow’s back-row lacked the sort of x-factor which Danny Wilson will be hoping Leone Nakarawa can provide whenever he eventually gets back from Fiji – 6

7. Matt Fagerson – Although Glasgow’s breakdown issues were not all the man at openside’s fault, it does raise questions about the value of having a nose-to-the-ground fetcher in that position – 6

8. Ryan Wilson – Loves these sorts of matches, and didn’t need a second invitation to join the various frays which broke out during the course of a tetchy 80 minutes, but was ultimately part of a back-row unit which was decidedly second best on the day – 6

Subs –Perhaps used up too much of their energy trying to get involved with the try celebrations to make much of an impact when they eventually got on the park to play – 4

TOTAL: 98


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EDINBURGH

15. Blair Kinghorn – Biggest threat with ball in hand over the full 80 minutes, solid under the high ball, the one black mark in an otherwise fine performance was his failure to tidy up Pete Horne’s hack ahead in the lead-up to Glasgow’s first try – 8

 

14. Eroni Sau – Looked for work. Threatened in attack a few times, most notably with a snipe from the base of a ruck in the second half which Ratu Tagive did a good job of closing down – 6

13. Mark Bennett – Typically abrasive in both defence and attack, and it was his powerful run from deep which got the ball rolling for Edinburgh’s second, decisive try – 7

12. Chris Dean – More of a target man than a facilitator in the midfield, but a well-timed pass released Van der Merwe in the build-up to Edinburgh’s second try, and had a couple of good kicks to prove he is more than just a physical presence. Was unlucky that an excellent, flat, cut-out pass to Van der Merwe on 12 minutes floated slightly forward – 7

11. Duhan van der Merwe – Some of his running was a bit too lateral for head coach Richard Cockerill’s liking, but his crucial contribution to Nic Groom’s second try highlighted just how dangerous a strike runner he now is for Edinburgh, and potentially for Scotland in the autumn – 7

 

10. Jaco van der Walt – Was official man of the match having kicked 15 points and guided Edinburgh through a few sticky patches. Not a bad effort in this pivotal role considering he has been back in South Africa during lockdown and hasn’t spoken English for five months. Provides some useful physicality as well – 7

9. Nic Groom – First box-kick attempt was charged down, and was put under a bit of pressure at the base, but kept his composure throughout, and took his two tries well – 7

 

1. Rory Sutherland – Penalised for dropping an early scrum but generally gave as good as he got against Zander Fagerson. Replaced by Pierre Schoeman at half-time in what head coach Richard Cockerill said was a pre-planned substitution – 6

2. Stuart McInally – Got over the tackled man to win an early penalty and worked his socks off on both sides of the ball. Was lucky not to see yellow for rag-dolling Hastings in the aftermath of Glasgow’s first try (although the Warriors subs rushing the pitch was incendiary and needs to be dealt with more firmly by the match officials) – 7

3. WP Nel – The old man kept plugging away during his 40 minutes on the park and won’t ever let anyone down, although seems to struggle with the pace at times – 6

4. Andrew Davidson – Looked at home on his debut in the Edinburgh engine room before retiring with a head/neck injury on 27 minutes – 5

5. Grant Gilchrist – Secured a brilliant turnover mid-tackle early on, which set the tone for a massive personal performance, which included a mammoth 24 tackles – 7

6. Luke Crosbie – Covered a lot of hard yards with more carries than any other Edinburgh player – 7

7. Hamish Watson – Led the charge as Edinburgh dominated the battle of the breakdown. His all-round work rate was, as usual, phenomenal. Tellingly, he was the closest man in support when both Groom and Shiel touched down their tries during the second half – 7

8. Viliame Mata – Hungry for the ball, and sucked in two or three defenders almost every time he carried, but had a really bad fumble when he got the chance to stretch his legs in open prairie early on – 7

Subs: Scrum-half Charlie Shiel demonstrated just how exciting a prospect he is with a scintillating try. Watsonians Super6 man Jamie Hodgson looked for work and showed up well in the second row during the 50 minutes he got – 7

TOTAL: 108


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3 Comments

  1. The substitutes behind the goal line rushing to congratulate their team mates and/or wind up the opposition must be stopped in all levels of the game. It is an ungratifying sight which is becoming more and more prevalent allowing rugby to fall to football’s standards.

    • Couldn’t agree more. I’d take a zero tolerance approach – 30 players plus match officials and medical staff allowed on the field of play, anyone else who enters should be sent to the sheds. (Common sense applying when play is up the other end of course).

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