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1872 Cup Leg I: Glasgow Player Ratings

Edinburgh v Glasgow
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Festive plot twist: Edinburgh correspondent Sandy Smith takes a look at how the Glasgow players rated after a disappointing night for them at BT Murrayfield.


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Set Piece

1. Oli Kebble: Among the top carriers but penalised a couple of times at scrum time and not as destructive around the park as anticipated. - (A5/D5/B5/S4) Overall: 5/10

2. Grant Stewart: A lot of chat beforehand that his inexperience might be a point of difference but he managed 13/14 wins at lineout time. Didn't have the same influence around the park that either Brown or Turner might have had. - (A4/D5/B5/S5) Overall: 5/10

3. Siua Halanukonuka: Out-scrummaged by Schoeman and his impact on the game in other areas was minimal. - (A4/D5/B5/S4) Overall: 4.5/10

4. Rob Harley: Gave away an early penalty for being off his feet and despite a couple of decent chargedowns thereafter he had a quiet game in the second row. - (A5/D5/B5/S4) Overall: 5/10

5. Jonny Gray: Surprisingly he was nowhere near the top of the tackle count but as usual none missed and lineouts were all won but other than that his name didn't trouble my notes. - (A5/D5/B5/S5) Overall: 5/10

6. Adam Ashe: Perhaps better deployed as an 8. Defensively solid but little seen in attack. - (A5/D5/B5/S5) Overall: 5/10

7. Callum Gibbins: Glasgow's top tackler and never stopped working. Took one for the team with the yellow card. - (A5/D6/B3/S5) Overall: 5/10

8. Matt Fagerson: Glasgow's and the match's top carrier. Always available and put in a power of work in defence too. - (A7/D6/B5/S5) Overall: 6/10


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Influence

9. George Horne: Typically busy and did his best to inject some forward momentum into the Glasgow attack. Superbly weighted chip for the try. - (A6/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5.5/10

10. Adam Hastings: The two interceptions that he threw summed up his night as well as the reverse pass that didn't go to hand but he will bounce back for sure and will learn from this. - (A2/D5/B5/I4) Overall: 4/10

11. DTH Van Der Merwe: A safe pair of hands under the frequent high ball but it was well into the second half before we saw him make any significant attacking impact. Lucky to avoid a yellow card for the tackle in the air on Graham. - (A5/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5/10

12. Pete Horne: Probably Glasgow's best player on the night. Good hands to take the chip from his younger brother to score Glasgow's try and seemed more assured at 10 after Hasting's departure. Good tackle on Pyrgos. - (A7/D6/B5/I6) Overall: 6/10

13. Nick Grigg: 6 carries for 16 yards is not the kind of numbers we expect from Grigg but he struggled to make any ground. He was fortunate that his thrown interception didn't lead to another score. - (A4/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5/10

14. Tommy Seymour: There were 31 minutes on the clock before he had the ball and he really had no attacking opportunities. Handed off by Duhan Van Der Merwe in the attack that led to Gibbins yellow. A night to forget. - (A4/D4/B5/I5) Overall: 4.5/10

15. Stuart Hogg: Touchfinders were excellent as always but other kicks were a mixed bag. He was unlucky for first Van Der Merwe try and his efforts in getting back should at least have been awarded by a referral to TMO where there might have been a foot in touch. A few decent moments in attack. - (A5/D6/B5/I5) Overall: 5.5/10


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Impact

16. Kevin Bryce: By the time he was on the game was lost but despite the alterations to the scrum, Glasgow's last two were probably their best. - (A5/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5/10

17. Jamie Bhatti: Scrummaged well and was prominent in his 15 minute cameo. One wayward pass but might be worth a start next week. - (A5/D5/B5/I6) Overall: 5.5/10

18. D'Arcy Rae: Brought some stability to the scrum. - (A5/D5/B5/I6) Overall: 5.5/10

19. Tim Swinson: Carried well on his introduction and wasn't really at fault for dropping a pass that was way behind him. - (A5/D5/B5/I6) Overall: 5.5/10

20. Chris Fusaro: Struggled to influence the game. One carry and no tackles. Influence of Ryan Wilson was missed. - (A5/D4/B5/I4) Overall: 4.5/10

21. Ali Price: Nice chip in the dying minutes which nearly led to a late try. - (A5/D5/B5/I6) Overall: 5.5/10

22. Huw Jones: Had a couple of runs in his time on the park as Glasgow sought to change the pattern of the game and was unlucky not to gather Prices' neat chip. May well start next weekend. - (A5/D5/B5/I6) Overall: 5.5/10

23. Niko Matawalu: Did more in the last 18 minutes than Seymour had in the rest of the game. Looked dangerous and in hindsight may have been a better option to start. Calm and assured under pressure on his own line after Pyrgos chip through. - (A6/D6/B5/I7) Overall: 6/10

Glasgow correspondent John Anderson will bring us his Edinburgh ratings later on.

3 Responses

  1. Glasgow need a smack up the arse and some players dropped, more physicality required.

    1. Kebble
    2. Stewart
    3. Rae
    4. Cummings
    5. Swinson
    6. Wilson
    7. Fusaro
    8. Fagerson
    9. Horne
    10. Hastings
    11. Matawalu
    12. Dunbar
    13. Jones
    14. Nairn
    15. Hogg

  2. Too many Glasgow players on Saturday appeared unprepared for the intensity of the derby.
    The well-documented soft centre in the Glasgow pack, that early season evidence suggested had been addressed, was fully exposed at Murrayfield. I would expect a reaction at Scotstoun but there remains a lack of core forwards, capable of fronting up to the best packs, across the squad.
    Its not often I agree with Neil but on this occasion Rennie could send a message to the underperformers by dropping Jonny Gray. Both starting props need to be replaced and Wilson needs to come back as much for his disruptive niggling which might engender some reaction among his team-mates.

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