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1872 Leg II: Glasgow Player Ratings

Adam Hastings
Adam Hastings in action for Glasgow Warriors - pic © Alastair Ross / Novantae Photography

And so to the defeated, who carry that title for the second week in a row…


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Set Piece

1. Oli Kebble: The big South African may have been pulling up trees all season, but he was no match against the “Willem-debeest”. Saw yellow in the 47th minute, didn’t come back out to play. - (A5/D4/B4/S3) Overall: 4/10

2. Grant Stewart: The arrows, although somewhat unorthodox at times, started off fine. Then he turned into the contestant on “Bullseye” who was solely invited for their quizzing skills. Was part of the struggling scrum, which in fairness didn’t get a great deal better after his half-time withdrawal so can't be all down to him. - (A4/D5/B4/S4) Overall: 4.5/10

3. D'Arcy Rae: Going head-to-head with the brilliant “Schooby-Doo”, Rae was more like Scrappy. Didn’t concede as many penalties as his partner on the other side, but still struggled and was replaced by the 'Nuke early in the second half. - (A4/D5/B5/S4) Overall: 4.5/10

4. Tim Swinson: Brought back in to the fold to counter the aggression of Gilchrist and Toolis, but they never got the memo. A couple of small victories in disrupting Edinburgh’s line-out, but also a daft contributor to Glasgow's obscenely high penalty count. - (A5/D6/B5/S5) Overall: 5.5/10

5. Jonny Gray: Missed one tackle when Schoeman bounced off him, but as per usual he topped the stats with 20 made. Was calling a mis-firing line-out and didn’t make any inroads into opposition territory, particularly when compared to the Edinburgh engine-room. - (A4/D6/B6/S4) Overall: 5/10

6. Ryan Wilson: The co-captain gave away one petulant penalty, and wasn’t able to slow Edinburgh's ball-down significantly enough. Also knocked-on deep in the Edinburgh 22 with Glasgow chasing the game and 10mins left on the clock. Really needs to step up from here, otherwise will be watching the 6 Nations on TV. - (A5/D5/B4/S4) Overall: 4.5/10

7. Callum Gibbins: The other captain was over-shadowed by Watson in the openside battle. Lost one penalty directly to him, and couldn’t get his team going. Spent a lot of time getting chat from the ref. - (A5/D5/B5/S5) Overall: 5/10

8. Matt Fagerson: Was second in the tackle count with 17, and was doing decent work at trying to slow Edinburgh ball down. Received a 10-min breather when Kebble got carded, but couldn't batter down the Edinburgh door. - (A5/D6/B6/S5) Overall: 5.5/10


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Influence

9. Ali Price: At the game it just felt like he was taking an age to get the ball out, but maybe that’s just part of the plan. It didn’t work. Edinburgh's defence was too well organised. One hospital pass also got Hastings lined up. - (A4/D6/B4/I4) Overall: 4.5/10

10. Adam Hastings: Successfully snaffled and starved of a platform to build on. None of the glaring errors of last week, but some misplaced passes that resulted in scrums or killed momentum. - (A5/D5/B5/I4) Overall: 5/10

11. Niko Matawalu: Struggled to make significant inroads, but always looked for work, and on the defensive side he made 9 tackles without missing. Unfortunately, there was also a tackle in the air on Darcy Graham. And he stole an Edinburgh player’s boot. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

12. Peter Horne: A couple of important first-half defensive contributions, and one nice inside ball to Hogg, who duly knocked on, but was clearly in bother at start of second half. Soldiered on due to a more serious knock to the next player on the list. - (A4/D6/B5/I5) Overall: 5/10

13. Alex Dunbar: Made little impact either side of the ball, and as always seems to be with the luckless Eck, he was withdrawn with yet another injury in the 43rd min. - (A4/D4/B5/I4) Overall: 4.5/10

14. Tommy Seymour: One tremendous take and break, and like Niko he wasn’t afraid to come in and look for the smallest of gaps. - (A6/D6/B5/I5) Overall: 5.5/10

15. Stuart Hogg: Notable try-saving tackle on D’other van der Merwe, and at the other end latched onto the ball at pace a couple of times, but also knocked one on when he had broken the line. Didn't come out of the sheds after half-time. - (A5/D6/B5/I5) Overall: 5.5/10


Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Impact

16. Kevin Bryce: Missed one early dart, but was solid afterwards and took more ball into contact than Stewart. - (A6/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 6/10

17. Jamie Bhatti: Fared better once Nel had been replaced by Berghan, was busy enough in the loose, but didn't make much ground. - (A5/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5/10

18. Siua Halanukonuka: As we’ve come to expect, gave away an early penalty, but scrums were a bit more even once Edinburgh’s replacements came on. One decent attacking burrow. - (A5/D6/B5/I4) Overall: 5/10

19. Rob Harley: Replaced Swinson, had one big collision with Gilchrist but was mainly limited to the defensive. - (A4/D6/B6/I5) Overall: 5.5/10

20. Chris Fusaro: On for the stricken Pete Horne, and mainly stayed out of the road. - (A5/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5/10

21. George Horne: The livewire struck to give Glasgow the slimmest of hopes near the end, and was fairly sound in his decision making, bar one bad pass. - (A6/D5/B6/I6) Overall: 6/10

22. Sam Johnson: Good to see him back, a nice floated pass sent Niko away, but like so many of his team-mates, he couldn't provide the spark to get through the Edinburgh defence. - (A6/D6/B5/I5) Overall: 5.5/10

23. DTH van der Merwe: If his late pass had gone to Niko’s hand he’d be scoring a little higher, but the BP went begging. Had a couple of decent darting runs, and was solid enough at the back. - (A6/D5/B5/I5) Overall: 5.5/10

1 Response

  1. On Niko’s tackle in the air (ooh er…): Graham jumped unnecessarily to milk the penalty, which was smart play, but just shows how poor and open to abuse that area of the game is. Essentially, like Sinckler on the Lions tour, Graham jumped into the tackle, so the penalty really should have gone against him for dangerous play. Can’t argue with any of the scores or rationales, though. An unpleasant two rounds for Warriors fans, but hopefully Edinburgh will use this momentum to get into both competitions’ play-offs this season.

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