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Gregor Townsend - pic © Al Ross
Gregor Townsend - pic © Al Ross

Glasgow, fresh from announcing they’ll keep Gregor Townsend until at least 2017,  got their European Season back on track with a demolition of the Scarlets (who were without both Barclay and DTH Van Der Merwe) as the Fijian hulk Taqele Naiyaravoro affectionately known as Big T announced his presence in the Glasgow team properly with a hat-trick of tries and almost snagged another couple.

Edinburgh, on the other hand showed a lack of depth in many areas as they slumped to under-performing London Irish. For the most part because Solomons rested the international front row, as well as John Hardie and Matt Scott.

Due to bonkers rights issues and/or Rupert Murdoch’s lot (presumably) you can’t view the highlights on YouTube if you are in the UK or Ireland (which is most of us here anyway) so we can’t embed them here, but you can via the official website:

Glasgow v Scarlets: http://www.epcrugby.com/matchdaytv/?play=media&id=22370
London Irish v Edinburgh highlights are not available.

What did you make of the games?

10 Responses

  1. I thought Glasgow played as well as they have since last season. Naiyaravoro is a beast and a real coup for Glasgow, Hogg and Russell look to be getting back into a bit of form as well, hopefully keep it going for the 6 Nations. On that form I feel a bit more hopeful that Glasgow may still qualify out of the group, but we will have to beat Northampton or Racing away which will be tough.

    1. Well. Glasgow did the business tonight. A filthy night, a BP was never going to happen, and despite going down to 13 men for a bit, ground out the win. Still in the frame – just! Gauzere is joining my list of “not my favourite refs”, most unusual as I think the French guys by and large are pretty good. He makes me think of a French version of George Clancy.

  2. Sadly it looks as if Embra have already given up on their European campaign. Most odd, having been finalists last year. Good return to form for Glasgow last weekend, but they remain up against it in the group. Denton made a pretty decent debut for Bath, and Tim McVisser is scoring tries for fun in the Aviva Prem. So some good signs in the run up to the 6N.

    1. Not sure they will have given up just yet, win again this wkend and its all to play for against the two teams previously beaten. Plus front row and other internationals cant be expected to start every week. Replacements were disappointing though after the stroming start to the season. Glasgow squad starting to look a lot more settled again after such disruption. Big T looks unstoppable….pro12 top try scorer this season? As mentioned though, plenty to ponder for the 6n.

      1. Yes, it’s possible I was being too pessimistic after a defeat to a side rooted to the bottom of the Aviva that we beat last year. I’ve looked again at the group table and things aren’t as grim as I imagined for Edinburgh. Here’s hoping for a recovery in the return fixture v L Irish.

  3. It’s about time we shook off our post- World Cup torpor. It must be difficult coming from almost winning one of the biggest games in Scotland’s history, but adjust we must. First up is a chance to put England’s faces back in the mud and get Jones off on the wrong foot. They are our rivals in a pool of 6 – time to keep them down there and consign them to more navel-gazing while we start looking upwards. Let’s graft and get this done. Make it about us.

  4. Great news on the re signing of the coaching team until 2017. Can’t remember when Scotland last had such improvement and was then able to lock in the coaching staff for another 2 years

    So excited to see what this group can achieve together

    1. H’mm, yes I think so. The good news is that someone at HQ for once sees the bigger picture and all the appointments are aligned. That leaves the way to make what changes may be necessary across the board. Generally good.

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