Sunday, Muggy Sunday. Scotland was catching its breath. An unfancied Edinburgh side had nipped into London and nicked a result over Irish, the day before, winning it after trading blows for 80 minutes. Few would have expected an unprecedented double over English sides, even if something similar happened in Italy the week before.
The scoreline above does not really do justice to what was a vastly improved performance by the Scotland team who could quite possibly (but not easily) have won this game. In the end, England’s wings showed a little more confidence on the ball than the players inside – who handed over a glut of possession to Scotland (some of which was handed straight back) – and finished a couple of simple tries to put the gloss on the score.
Here are the teams for tonight in the unlikely event you missed them. Glasgow travel to Connacht with both Jackson and perhaps Weir looking to lay down a Scotland marker after Dan Parks’ return to his “mercurial” ways – and not mercurial like Gregor Townsend used to be. Edinburgh travel to Thomond Park (weatherman Tim Visser reports weather is “rubbish”), giving us a first look at Nick Scrivener’s approach to the under performing capital men/dark knights/gunners/shower, unless you went to Newport last weekend which may actually have been a better plan than going to Murrayfield, in hindsight.
Glasgow: B Stortoni, H O’Hare, F Aramburu, P Murchie, D van der Merwe, R Jackson, C Gregor (capt), R Grant, F Thomson, E Kalman, A Muldowney, T Ryder, R Harley, C Forrester, J Beattie.
Replacements: F Gillies, J Welsh, K Tkachuk, R Wilson, C Fusaro, H Pyrgos, D Weir, P Horne.
Edinburgh: Chris Paterson, Lee Jones, Ben Cairns, James King, Tim Visser, David Blair, Greig Laidlaw (capt), Kyle Traynor, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Steven Turnbull, Fraser McKenzie, Netani Talei, Ross Rennie.
Replacements: Alun Walker, Lewis Niven, David Young, Alan MacDonald, Roddy Grant, Nick De Luca, Simon Webster, Jim Thompson.
Munster vs Edinburgh, live on BBC Alba ko 1950. Coverage also on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.
Yup, amidst all the Six Nations excitement there is still some Magners League action on this weekend. Usually this is the point where the Scottish teams take a dip with all our top guys on International/A-Team duty, but with two A games already out of the way and no official A Six Nations, this weekend a few of the boys have been released back to their club allowing Sean Lineen to field a decent side including form openside Rob Harley, Johnnie Beattie and the returning Duncan Weir. Also involved will be longtime Glasgow servant Bernie Stortoni who is departing at the end of the season and new face Tom Ryder, who while still technically signed to Saracens will be eligible to play until the end of the season at which point he will join Glasgow full time.
Glasgow Team to face Cardiff: Stortoni; O’Hare, Aramburu, Murchie, Van Der Merwe; Weir, Gregor (capt), Grant, Thomson, Kalman, Muldowney, Ryder, Harley, Forrester, Beattie
This game will be shown on BBC Wales, live from Firhill, kick off 1935.
Shh. Don’t say it too loud but Glasgow might actually be ok.
With the amount of quality which has left the squad, the double headed dash of inexperience at 10 and the back row switching from strength to uncertainty, the Warriors had a slow start to the season
Congratulations to Sean Lineen and the Glasgow team who have made it through to the playoffs with one week of the season remaining. A strong showing against the Scarlets and they may still sneak a home semi, which would be invaluable considering the candidates in opposition are likely to be Leinster, Munster or the Ospreys. New boy Duncan Weir in on the bench for the injured Ruaridh Jackson seems to have had a good 9 minute cameo before the stirring send off given to Dan Parks and Kelly Brown by the sizeable Firhill crowd.
The reason for Glasgow securing such a position? Another pretty woeful performance from Edinburgh, who unfortunately seem to have gone backwards under Rob Moffatt this season, losing the head in attack and the plot in defence. Thank goodness for Tim Visser, the dutchman who is at the moment the only one with his finger in the dyke holding back the tide of mediocrity.
Edinburgh have lost a number of internationalists to long-term injuries this season and clearly missed the ability and leadership of Chris Paterson and Ally Hogg.
As someone pointed out in the comments over on the Scotsman site, is this the same Ally Hogg that has hasn’t been given a contract for next season?