Super6 Sprint: Edinburgh clinch win in pro-alignment clash versus Glasgow

Two late tries swings match towards capital outfit

Nyle Godsmark scored Edinburgh's third try. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Nyle Godsmark scored Edinburgh's third try. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

Glasgow Warriors 24

Edinburgh 26

DAVID BARNES @ Millbrae

IT was fun in the sun at Millbrae as two tries in the final quarter hauled Edinburgh back from the abyss to secure the win over Glasgow Warriors in an entertaining Super6 Sprint Series pro-alignment clash. There was four tries apiece, cross-field kicks from second-rows, and a bout of fisticuffs in the second half to prove that this wasn’t just an end of term jolly for the players. It was an enjoyable change in gear for players, coaches and spectators.

“Tours and representative rugby, you sometimes lose the specialness of these kinds of matches when you are in your bubble and it is competitive all the time,” reflected Stirling County head coach Ben Cairns, who was part of a triumvirate of former Scotland centres overseeing the Glasgow team, alongside Pete Horne of Ayrshire Bulls and Graham Shiel of Boroughmuir Bears.

“So, I felt I found that again this week and I think the boys have as well, in terms of coming together and just enjoying playing the game of rugby.”


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“It’s annoying to lose it from 24-14 and feeling like we were in control, but with the changes both teams made during the final quarter, they got a bit of dominance in the set-piece, we struggled scrum and line-out wise, and the game flipped a bit,” he added. “I thought the boys played some really good rugby at times, and we definitely scored the best try of the game with Logan Trotter‘s score under the posts at the start of the second half.”

Glasgow drew first blood when Marcus Holden crashed over with less than three minutes played, but the stand-off failed to convert his own score, and the lead soon swung Edinburgh’s way when Wallace Nelson capitalised on a yawning gap at the side of a ruck and rampaged home from 15 yards, Jason Baggott firing home the conversion.

It was fairly scrappy stuff, as you would expect in a game between two select side who have had just a week to prepare, but both teams had come to play, with Warriors the slightly more dangerous looking during the first half. Holden came within a whisker of an interception off Rory Brand which would have given him a clear run at the line from halfway but he couldn’t quite hold onto the ball, then loose-head George Breese showed impressive pace on a charge up the right touchline.

Not to be outdone, second-row Adam Sinclair got in on the act with a Russell-esque cross-field kick, which wasn’t far away from its intended target, while Connor Gordon put Brand on his backside with a ferocious hand-off.

Edinburgh had their moments as well, most notably when Baggott snaffled possession inside his own 22 and made 45-yards before being squeezed into touch by Elias Cavan.

It was was a fair reflection of the overall balance of play when Warriors recaptured the lead with five minute left in the half through a Jerry Blyth-Lafferty try of the back of a line-out maul.

But, just as happened after the opening score, Edinburgh managed to secure possession and field position from the restart, and after several pulsating phases of pressure the capital side scored their second try through Billy Wara in the corner, with Baggott kicking the conversion on the stroke of half-time to make 10-14.

 

Glasgow wasted little time re-establishing their lead at the start of the second half, with Rory Jackson collecting his team’s kick-off and scrum-half Ruaridh Swan scrambling over for the try, and they scored again straight from the restart with a sweeping attack featuring Aaron Tait, Swan, Mike Gray and finished off by Trotter, with Holden converting on both occasions.

Edinburgh winger Wara and Glasgow back-rowGordon were both sent to the cooler for 10 minutes after the latter took objection to the former’s dump tackle on Trotter.

During that period of 14 versus 14, Edinburgh hauled their way back into the match when Dom Coetzer ghosted through midfield and sent Kyle Godsmark under the posts, and with Baggott making it three conversions from three, it was back to a three-point game.

Then, with five minutes left on the clock, Coetzer’s eye for a gap ripped Glasgow wide open again, this time from inside his own 22, and it was Baggott who finished off, running it home from a good 30-metres to score a late winning try for his team for the second week on the trot.

 

Teams –

Glasgow: L Trotter; E Caven (S Hamilton 47), M Gray (L McNamara 47), R Beattie, A Tait; M Holden, R Swan (E McAra 55); G Breese (C Smith 50), J Blyth-Lafferty ( J Drummond 47), M Scott (C Henderson 62), R Jackson, A Sinclair, L McNamara (T Andrews, 50), C Gordon, B Grant.

Edinburgh: J Jenkins; B Wara, N Godsmark, D Coetzer, A Cross (G Cannie 50); J Baggott, R Brand (J Gelderbloom 53); H Courtney, M Liness (C Fenton 53), A McWilliam (M McGinley 20), J King, F Hastie, K van Niekerk, W Nelson (G Nelson 50), K Main ( S McGinley 50).

Referee: Hollie Davidson

 

 

Scorers –

Glasgow: Tries: Holden, Blyth-Lafferty, Swan, Trotter; Cons: Holden 2.

Edinburgh: Tries: Nelson, Wara, Godsmark, Baggott; Cons: Baggott 3

Scoring sequence (Glasgow first): 5-0; 5-5; 5-7; 10-7; 10-12; 10-14 (h-t) 15-14; 17-14; 22-14; 24-14; 24-19; 24-21; 24-26.

 

Yellow cards –

Glasgow: Gordon (56mins)

Edinburgh: Wara (56mins)

 

Man-of-the-Match: Classy midfield breaks from Edinburgh centre Dom Coetzer created two tries during the final quarter which swung this match his team’s way.

Talking point: It wasn’t a huge crowd at Millbrae, and there was several leading lights of the recent Super6 Sprint Series absent, including the entirety of the Scotland Under-20s squad, but there was still a sense that this was an occasion apart from the grind of the regular season – as was evident with the buzz amongst the players as they mingled on the pitch after the final whistle.


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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 he 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.

15 Comments

  1. Launching a Super 6 league without promotion and relegation is pointless, as things stand at present Marr, Currie, Hawick, or Edin Accies could give any of the Super 6 a challenging game, and that’s after losing players to the Super 6, they are playing the same teams and players ever week they soon will all be on each others Xmas Card list.

  2. Just to clarify , I don’t think this game or the
    Super 6 series since its start has developed many ( any ?)new young players suitable to play for the Pro sides , never mind Scotland – without exception those who have got to any of these stages were in the Academies already .
    If the SRU feel otherwise please give the evidence in terms of player names and numbers

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  3. David+Blair and Alastair, although I understand why you both suggested the game was/is for fun, however you can’t loose sight of the fact that the SRU have sold super6 as a pathway for Scots qualified players to the Jersey, unless I am mistaken, or at least as a secondary objective to the professional game, but in that case which should be the priority?
    Most would say that it is primarily to discover Scots qualified players which gives credence to the comment from ‘Left Field’ and rather than dismissing a relevant question regarding the Super6 as a competition/series fit for purpose perhaps a moments reflection might offer clarity to his point of view.

    That said I hate to dismiss either of your comments, but as I have frequently pointed out I never wanted the game to go open in the first place on the basis of be careful what you wish for, I can’t think of any Sport that has improved as a ‘sport’ in the real term of the word once professionalism was introduced.

    Wishing for ‘fun games’ in order to identify players with the ability to go that step further toward a Scotland Jersey is not the way forward I am afraid.

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    • George, thanks for your considered response. In fairness Left Field’s post wasn’t questioning the fitness of S6 as a competition, it was specifically about the point of this particular game. I get the impression it was ultimately a bit of end of season fun for players not involved in the U20s or pro squads – if it was oversold by the SRU than more than that then it’s fair to criticise that.

      I mind Kieran Reid coming off the pitch at half time in a tense Bledisloe Cup game that Australia were winning by 3 points. Questioned by the pitch side reporter his immediate response was “it’s heaps of fun out there!” The All Blacks went on to win the game. I know Scotland are not NZ, but fun and success don’t have to be mutually exclusive!

      • Your last point, no they don’t, mind you sometimes there are elements of ‘mind games’ when players speak to reporters, especially with a a tight game and a microphone in front of them.
        To my mind the Super6 is neither fish nor fowl and I can’t help think that there has to be a better way, at least it is worth a conversation, regardless of whose idea Super 6 was if it isn’t producing the intended results another way has to be identified and quickly.
        I am sure that there are many better qualified than me to find that better way because I don’t see the Super 6 as an answer to finding Scotland qualified players that don’t have to rely on residency, although familial affiliations are acceptable.

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  4. What’s the point of this game when I counted over 8 NSQPs ,at least 4 players over 27 and NONE who would be knocking on the Pro never mind Scotland door ?

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      • Thanks for saying this. Sometimes I wonder if Scottish rugby fans actually enjoy watching rugby.

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      • But that’s not the point of Super 6 is it? It’s supposed to be a pathway to professional rugby. I’m sure the players have some fun along the way. Though when one’s hobby becomes your work I do wonder about that.

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  5. Sorry but this was a Glasgow Select based on Ayrshire Stirling and Boroughmuir not Glasgow ? Not Warriors as far as I know ? More SRU propaganda pre ticket sale issues ??

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      • Mouse, Boroughmuir are aligned to Glasgow so that each team can get 5 full time academy players. They have been since the start of Super 6. That’s why it was called a pro-alignment game. The confusing bit was not that some Boroughmuir players turned out for the Glasgow aligned team, but that some also turned out for the Edinburgh aligned team 🤣

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