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Edinburgh beat Glasgow to 1872 Cup glory and Champions Cup spot

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Edinburgh's Pierre Schoeman and Hamish Watson celebrate following the United Rugby Championship match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 2022. (Photo by Robert Perry/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Edinburgh booked their place in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup and reclaimed the 1872 Cup by overcoming a 13-point first-leg deficit with a well-deserved 28-11 win over Glasgow at Murrayfield.

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The result means Warriors will play in the Challenge Cup – Europe’s second-tier competition – next year and travel to Leinster in the United Rugby Championship play-offs.

Edinburgh’s place at Europe’s top table came courtesy of them topping the URC’s Scottish/Italian Shield, finishing with a four-point cushion over Glasgow.

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With so much at stake, it is not surprising that it was a cagey encounter to start with, and scoring in the first quarter was restricted to a single Emiliano Boffelli penalty following a Warriors offside.

Glasgow squared it on 21 minutes, with Ross Thompson kicking the points following an Edinburgh offside, but the home side were beginning to dominate territory and possession.

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Edinburgh’s Magnus Bradbury (left) and Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland celebrate following the United Rugby Championship match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 2022. (Photo by Robert Perry/PA Images via Getty Images)

Darcy Graham almost found a way through and when he was hauled down the quick recycle gave Blair Kinghorn the opportunity to spin out of a Sam Johnson tackle and stretch over the line.

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Boffelli added the conversion to make 10-3 with just over half an hour played.

Thompson narrowed the gap to four points just before the break when Luke Crosbie was penalised for playing the ball on the deck.

But that score was immediately cancelled out by Boffelli when Glasgow captain Ryan Wilson gave away an obstruction penalty at the restart.

Edinburgh flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half with a barn-storming run by Crosbie up the left touchline, and the capital side soon scored their second try off a well-executed set-piece move.

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Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland celebrates scoring their side’s third try of the game during the United Rugby Championship match at Murrayfield Stadium (Photo by Robert Perry/PA Images via Getty Images)

Graham and Chris Dean played crucial roles in opening the gap for Magnus Bradbury to rumble over.

Glasgow were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes when Rob Harley was sin-binned for trying to slap the ball out of Henry Pyrgos’ hands at the base of a ruck.

Then a Richie Gray offside allowed Boffelli to nudge Edinburgh 15 points ahead.

Crucially, this gave the home side an aggregate lead in the 1872 Cup contest.

The game opened up with 20 minutes to go and, after Dean and Graham had made big yards, the hosts got try number three through Damien Hoyland.

But Warriors did not go down without a fight, and Ollie Smith scored a stunning try from an inch-perfect Domingo Miotti cross-kick.

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