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Glasgow seize 1872 Cup control with bruising win over Edinburgh

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 23: Edinburgh's Glen Young at full time during a BKT United Rugby Championship match between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium, on December 23, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Glasgow seized the initiative in the 1872 Cup as a solid first-half display laid the foundations for a 16-10 first-leg victory over Edinburgh at Scotstoun on Friday.

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There were only two tries in a hard-fought match – scored by Glasgow’s Jack Dempsey and Edinburgh’s Connor Boyle – but the hosts’ clinical kicking ultimately proved the difference ahead of the second leg at BT Murrayfield next week.

Both sides made late changes ahead of kick-off.

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Glasgow promoted Lucio Sordoni, who was not even in the initial 23, to the starting line-up, with Murphy Walker dropping to the bench after Nathan MacBeth, who was among the subs, was forced to withdraw.

For Edinburgh, who were already without a string of key men through injury, Harry Paterson came in for just his second appearance after Wes Goosen was deemed unfit for action.

The visitors spurned a good chance to get the first points on the scoreboard in the fifth minute when Emiliano Boffelli – kicking into the wind – sent a penalty wide of the posts from a central position.

The Argentine’s kicking once again let him down eight minutes later when he kicked another penalty against the post.

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Those missed kicks proved costly as Glasgow made the breakthrough in the 28th minute when Dempsey received a pass from George Horne and powered beyond a challenge from Chris Dean to touch down over the line. Horne duly added the conversion.

In the last action of the half, Horne kicked a close-range penalty to give Warriors a 10-0 lead at the interval.

But Edinburgh made a strong start to the second half and they got themselves back in the game when Boyle powered his way over following a line-out near the Glasgow line. This time, Boffelli was successful with his conversion.

The hosts – having been on the back foot for much of the second half – extended their lead to six points in the 67th minute when Tom Jordan kicked a close-range penalty.

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And Jordan then kicked another penalty in the 75th minute to put Glasgow more than a converted score ahead of their visitors.

Jaco van der Walt gave Edinburgh a glimmer of hope with a long-distance penalty in the 79th minute, but it proved too little, too late..

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