Calcutta Cup hopeful Glen Young encouraged by Edinburgh’s scrappy win

Second-row says he and his Edinburgh team-mates will take encouragement from winning a game they would have lost last year against Zebre

Glen Young is hoping to make his Six Nations debut during the coming weeks.. Image © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Glen Young is hoping to make his Six Nations debut during the coming weeks.. Image © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLEN YOUNG saw positives in a game Edinburgh “would have lost in the past” against Zebre and is now determined to claim a place in Scotland’s squad to face England.

Young and his colleagues in the pack were crucial to Edinburgh turning the tide in Parma, their set-piece dominance and close-quarters power proving too much for the Italians in the final quarter of a 24-19 victory.

“It was very scrappy, but if you had asked me at 60-65 minutes if we were to leave with a win and four points, I would’ve taken it. I’m happy in the end to get the win, but we know we’re much better than that,” Young said.


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The result marked Edinburgh’s third league away win of the season and propelled them into fourth place in the URC table (they’ve since dropped to fifth), breathing down the neck of rivals Glasgow Warriors.

And Young pointed out that the ability to win ugly isn’t something the capital club have always been known for.“Maybe in the past we would’ve lost that,” he admitted. “But we’ve talked about being an 80-minute team this year. We’ve had a couple of games where we’ve been behind – Dragons in the first game of the season comes to mind – and we’ve come back away from home to win it in the last 10-15 minutes.

“It shows we’ve built a bit of resilience and we’re building to be an 80-minute team.”

Young was one of seven members of the Scotland Six Nations squad to feature in Parma, and he said a return to club duties was a welcome distraction following the highly controversial defeat to France at Murrayfield a week earlier.

“Obviously we were really gutted,” he said of the Six Nations defeat. “I’ve loved being back here at Edinburgh this week, getting a chance to play. It’s been really good being in Scotland camp, but you want to play, and I’ve not played these first two games. I love it when I come back and play for Edinburgh.

“Even though tonight wasn’t the prettiest of games, it was good to take our mind off the France thing and move on.”

The second row is yet to feature at this year’s tournament, with Richie Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Scott Cummings and C ahead of him in the pecking order.

 

 

Despite the ferocity of competition for places, he believes he knows what Gregor Townsend wants from him and is desperate to earn a spot when England visit Edinburgh for a hotly-anticipated Calcutta Cup clash on 24 February.

“It’s just consistency. If I play how I know I can play, hopefully I’ll be in with a shout,” Young said.

“The other boys played really well against France so that’s up to Gregor. But play as well as I’ve played. Tonight wasn’t the best game, so we’ll wait and see next week. I would love to get a run out.

“Being a Scottish person growing up, you can’t shy away from the fact that the English game is probably the biggest one. Everybody always wants to beat England.

“I’ve never been involved in a Six Nations when they’ve played England so this is my first time, but I can imagine the boys will be gunning for it because I know if I’m playing or even if I’m not involved, I’ll be really excited for it.”


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13 Comments

  1. More of your usual routine rubbish, Sceptic. Firstly, it is the coach’s first season, so you start with a basic mistake and keep going.
    Secondly, you say, sounds like the Edinburgh comfort zone. Sounds like you’ve not bothered actually watching the game. Zebre have taken a couple of scalps at home this season and were well worth their losing bonus. Their breakdown work including some excellent counterrucking,plus great commitment in their tackling meant Edinburgh had to work hard for the victory. They got it eventually but it was hardly ‘comfort zone ‘
    Unlike you, I watched both games and while I was impressed by Glasgow’s youngsters, Dragons were a much poorer side. Even Tom Shanklin commented how poor their line speed was and the way they kept falling off tackles. Yes the youngsters were good, but Glen Young had a far harder shift, and I know who I’d trust in the Scotland boiler room.
    Thirdly, the jury is still out on Price, who wasn’t exactly setting the heather alight at Glasgow either.
    My advice Mr S, try taking the chips off both shoulders when you comment.

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    • I’m sorry but the Dragons and Zebre are equally woeful, Edinburgh have been at best a 6 out of 10 this season and Friday night showed it again. Glen Young shouldn’t be in a Scotland 23 barring a plague striking the camp

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    • first I meant second year. My error. He was promoted from senior coach to head coach
      I watched both games. In fact I was at one and rewatched both. Did you? Thought not.

      Its so funny that I made no comment on which was the worse team between Zebre and Dragons, I have pointed out both leak over 30pts per game on average. Fact. Securing over 63% possession and over 70% territory – defending is harder work than attacking. The only reason Young (in a very experienced pack) might have had a harder shift than the Glasgow young locks would be because the Edinburgh made hard work of everything.
      AS I posted elsewhere the difference between the 2 Scottish sides is ruck speed. Has been all season and last season
      Again, Edinburgh picked Pyrgos form Glasgow, suddenly he a=was poor, slow etc, issue she never had at Glasgow. Now Edin nick Price, suddenly he is poor, slow etc, things he wasn’t at Glasgow or Scotland or Lions, even when not at his very best. Healey is a very good 10, goes to edinburgh and he is poor, slow etc. I see a pattern. The speed and quality of ball from the ruck. If you cannot see that, I don’t know what to say – when edin get that right, as they have a a few games, they are a different side. Same players.

      And I managed that without resorting to personal insults

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      • Just a pity games are played on grass and not on paper, eh lads?
        Mr S. can’t believe you watched both games twice and still can’t see the wood for the trees.
        Ps.,have you been sharing your chips with Gmac

      • Not quite sure how you can say Pyrgos, Price and Healey can all have been turned into poor players by Edinburgh…?? Under different coaches?

        I have to say in my view Price was poor in his last season with Glasgow. Pyrgos was also approaching the end of his career.

        The Edinburgh backs were def lacking ideas at the weekend, looks to me as the same issue with Scotland when the opposition line speed is high. Hope I’m proved wrong on Saturday as I’m sure England will concentrate on that aspect of their game …

      • @AF – I am not saying Price, Pyrgos Healey have been turned into poor players by Edinburgh. I am pointing, out that these guys – very good players all – have become scapegoats for edinburgh’s performances. Half backs thrive on time and space, which is what repeated quick clean ruck ball gives you, but edinburgh consistently fail to deliver. Most on here seem to see Edinburgh’s pack as great because it delivered so much ball and possession. Which it did. Poor ball, slow ball
        The teams with the quickest ruck ball in the league are Glasgow (far from the most talented squad) and Leinster (extremely talented but seldom near full stregth). Go figure

  2. Bit hopeful to say we’re breathing down Glasgow’s neck !! We wish !

    We are in a fairly good position however, got to hope we can hang on for the playoffs and Champions Cup ….

  3. managing to come from behind and scrape wins is hardly something to boast about, even if Edinburgh would probably have lost both last season. Sounds like the old/usual Edinburgh comfort zone.
    Glen should look a bit further over his shoulder for competition for a Scotland place. 2 young locks at Glasgow last night were superior, Williamson especially who runs on to the ball at pace and carries like a Bok

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    • Zebre are far better than Dragons this season to be fair and have given a lot of teams a hard time at home.

      Edinburgh have 7 wins of out 10 this season in URC. Performances have not been great but important to remember we are only half a season in with a new coach.. and that the team won’t have had a huge time playing with each other recently due to Scotland commitments.

      Hoping to see a change soon similar to what happened in Franco’s first season at Glasgow… some of the initial performances were dreadful but they sorted it eventually.

      I’d still like to see the younger talent be given more opportunities as this drives competition. Shiel had some excellent games and is now not in the mix.. same with Boyle. Can’t have your ‘first team’ play every game and be fit towards end of season.. this is the time to really develop the depth.

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      • It is their coach’s second season, just a new title
        Zebre are a better attacking team than Dragons. Defensively they are virtually the same as Dragons (conceded 3pts fewer), both conceding an average of well over 30pts per game. With overwhelming possession and territory against such a poor defence Edinburgh should have racked up many more scores. Taking a scraped win as a positive is really complacency personified.
        Shiel for example is no longer young, 26 now. He isn’t going to make it. Vellacott is a headless chicken. Nicked Price and from top player to scapegoat as they did to Pyrgos. There is a problem at Edinburgh, which is not new

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      • They’re both dreadful teams. The depth that Edinburgh squad had available on Friday should’ve seen a comfortably bonus point win but didn’t.
        Franco had a bad first fixture then launched glasgow 3rd/4th choice players to victories like the one away to Bath, a very strong Edinburgh team scraped past Zebre. Everett is not Smith
        Why Ritchie’s poor form hasn’t given Boyle a chance I really don’t understand, loved watching him and Darge at under 20s, shows the difference being given a chance to play creates

  4. managing to come from behind and scrape wins is hardly something to boast about, even if Edinburgh would probably have lost both last season. Sounds like the old/usual Edinburgh comfort zone.
    Glen should look a bit further over his shoulder for competition for a Scotland place. 2 young locks at Glasgow last night were superior, Williamson especially who runs on to the ball at pace and carries like a Bok

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    • apols for dpost. Comment did not appear, so I posted it again, Again it didn’t appear, then did, much later

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