Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Warriors too strong for Edinburgh

DTH van der Merwe scored a brace as Glasgow claimed a derby victory over Edinburgh
DTH van der Merwe scored a brace as Glasgow claimed a derby victory over Edinburgh

An first-quarter blitz saw Glasgow claim a 23-14 derby triumph over Edinburgh at Scotstoun to put the Warriors on course for a fourth successive 1872 Cup win.

Scotland's new interim head coach Scott Johnson watched on for the first of a festive double header which effectively acts as a national trial, but it was a Canadian who made the early impression with DTH van der Merwe scoring two tries, either side of a Robert Harley score, as Glasgow raced into a 17-0 lead.

Two Greig Laidlaw penalties and a Piers Francis try reduced the deficit to six points as Edinburgh rallied, but replacement fly-half Duncan Weir kicked two penalties to render a third from Laidlaw irrelevant.

The result saw the Warriors end a four-match losing streak and extend their impressive home run, while it is now nine years since Edinburgh have won in Glasgow and more than two since the capital side won three RaboDirect PRO12 matches in a row.

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