Visser shines as Edinburgh see off local rivals Glasgow

Tim Visser
Tim Visser

Edinburgh reclaimed the 1872 Trophy with a 20-8 Guinness PRO12 victory over Glasgow at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh’s victory, a week after they lost 16-6 to Glasgow at Scotstoun, saw them bolster their chances of a top-six finish as they climbed to joint seventh in the standings.

Victory was secured courtesy of a brace of first-half tries from Tim Visser, the second one being an interception score which began in the winger’s own 22.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, who had already kicked two penalties, converted both and Edinburgh led 20-3 at half-time.

A try two minutes after the restart by scrum-half Nikola Matawalu, added to Finn Russell’s first-half penalty, should have given Glasgow something to build on but with their pack being outplayed there was no way back.

Russell putting Glasgow ahead from the first award before Hidalgo-Clyne’s successful 17th-minute kick brought the hosts level.

With Glasgow now the principal sinners, Hidalgo-Clyne put his side 6-3 ahead on 25 minutes.

Edinburgh swiftly transferred the ball from left to right with Visser popping up in mid-three quarter line to slice through for a try converted by Hidalgo-Clyne.

An pass by centre Pete Horne was intercepted by Visser on his 22 and he ran in. Hidalgo-Clyne converted and Edinburgh went into the interval with a 17-point lead.

Glasgow came out roaring after the break and within two minutes had pulled back an unconverted try from Matawalu, but they failed to comeback.