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Edinburgh stay cool to clinch double over Glasgow and land 1872 Cup

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons was thrilled to see his side complete a double over Glasgow that clinched the 1872 Cup and took them to fourth place in the Guinness PRO12.

Stand-off Phil Burleigh scored a late match-winning try as Edinburgh won 14-11 at Murrayfield, with the match moved from a sodden Scotstoun to the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh beat Glasgow 23-11 on December 27, and their performance this time did not match that showing, but Solomons said: " Last week our play reached a peak. You always fall away to a degree.

"Glasgow by contrast reacted positively. I feel they played their best rugby of the season. However, I thought 'if we keep our heads we can win it'."

Solomons had particular praise for the Edinburgh defensive effort in the closing minutes, when Glasgow threw everything at their opponents but failed to cross the try-line.

"You need some kind of spirit to do that," he said, as his team collected the 1872 Cup silverware the Scottish rivals compete for on an annual basis.

An end-of-season top-four place brings a play-off place, but Solomons said: " As I have said since the start of the season, our aim is to finish in the top six."

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend expressed frustration after a game in which his side led 8-6 at the break but could not hold on.

"We didn't get enough reward for our dominance of that first half," Townsend said.

"Rugby is all about finishing and keeping the scoreboard ticking over."

Townsend was agreeable to the change of venue, announced on New Year's Eve, and said: "It wasn't ideal but we have had two postponements already and after all Murrayfield is only an hour away.

"The supporters made it as close to Scotstoun as they could."

Burleigh, in his second season at Edinburgh, is becoming an increasingly influential player and he repelled Glasgow with his kicks from hand before claiming the vital try.

"We were pressing hard on the Glasgow line so they weren't expecting the ball to go out to the backs," said Burleigh. "I thought the opportunity was there and went for it."


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