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1872 Leg I: Edinburgh Player Ratings

Edinburgh v Glasgow
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Another 1872 episode at BT Murrayfield ends with Edinburgh on top. Here is how the Edinburgh players rated from a Weegie perspective…





Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Set Piece

1. Pierre Schoeman: Common theme of setpiece supremacy across the starting 8, but also dominant in defence and a real contributor to slowing the Glasgow ball. - (A6/D8/B8/S9) Overall: 8/10

2. Stuart McInally: Captain Fantastic indeed. McInally showed the gulf in class between him and rookie Grant Stewart. A couple of lineouts went astray but totally in control from the Scotland No.2. - (A7/D9/B9/S9) Overall: 8.5/10

3. Willem Nel: Much better from Nel, played his part in the pack and looked more alive in defence, getting through a decent shift. - (A6/D8/B8/S9) Overall: 8/10

4. Ben Toolis: If the whole game was maul defence we would need a new ratings system (again) as he is masterful in that area. Could do more in attack but defended so well. - (A6/D9/B8/S9) Overall: 8/10

5. Grant Gilchrist: The former captain, led from the front with big defence, good linking work in attack. Seems to love the occasion against the Glasgow pack. - (A6/D9/B8/S9) Overall: 8/10

6. Luke Hamilton: Same as above, carried efficiently, made yards when asked and defended well - (A7/D8/B8/S9) Overall: 8/10

7. Hamish Watson: This game was won in the breakdown, and its down in no small part to Watson. Did exactly as much as he could whilst staying on the right side of referee Mike Adamson - (A7/D9/B9/S9) Overall: 8.5/10

8. Bill Mata: Looked so threatening with the ball, really set about the Glasgow defence and caused a number of line breaks which Edinburgh couldn’t quite convert - (A9/D8/B8/S9) Overall: 8.5/10


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Influence

9. Henry Pyrgos: Control. Looked like he could have been at a training hit such was his composure and calm. Did his job well against his old club. - (A8/D6/B6/I10) Overall: 7.5/10

10. Jaco Van Der Walt: One of those days with the boot where everything went right. Got the backs moving, and was not his fault Edinburgh couldn’t convert their chances, intercepts aside. - (A8/D7/B6/I8) Overall: 7.5/10

11. Duhan van der Merwe: Did exactly what Glasgow fans feared, although helped somewhat by a surprisingly generous set of passes from Hastings et al. 2 tries, looked thunderous with ball, a very good show. - (A10/D8/B6/I10) Overall: 8.5/10

12. Chris Dean: Understated but absolutely vital to the Edinburgh gameplan. Defended so well in the face of the Glasgow backs it contributed to the above-mentioned generosity - (A7/D9/B8/I7) Overall: 8/10

13. James Johnstone: Led the line in defence for the backs. Less effective at slowing ball when involved in breakdown than Dean but still way better than their illustrious international opponents. - (A7/D9/B7/I7) Overall: 7.5/10

14. Darcy Graham: Bravery, pace, power. This young man has it all. Did everything and more in defence but was more shackled in attack, with multiple tacklers from the West stopping him at source. A sign of how well regarded he is even at this early stage. - (A7/D9/B8/I7) Overall: 8/10

15. Blair Kinghorn: A couple of filthy offloads, but a quieter day from Kinghorn - (A8/D6/B6/I7) Overall: 7/10


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Impact

16. Dave Cherry: Carried on the defensive effort but a clear step down in setpiece when he came on. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

17. Allan Dell: Looks a bit out of sorts, quiet in his short time on the park. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

18. Pietro Ceccarelli: As above, a clear step down from Nel. Still enough to deal with what the Glasgow pack were offering. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

19. Callum Hunter-Hill: Big future for this young man, but needs more gametime to really find his USP ahead of the starting locks. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

20. Luke Crosbie: Game over by the time he arrived as an HIA replacement. Did nothing wrong. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

21. Nathan Fowles: Came on, shouted loads and kicked the ball a few times. There are harder ways to earn your appearance money... - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

22. Simon Hickey: Clear second choice behind Van der Walt on this form. Kicked well from hand when needed but would like to see more from him. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

23. Juan Pablo Socino: As above, game was over by the time he appeared. - (A5/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 5.5/10

2 Responses

  1. Hoping for a backlash / resignings celebration from: Horne, Hastings, Matawalu, Johnson, Jones, DTH/Seymour.

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