Glasgow Warriors 16 Edinburgh 6: More to come admits Alastair Kellock
Glasgow Warriors captain conceded they weren't at their best, but have upper hand ahead of reverse fixture on Friday
Al Kellock believes there is more to come from Glasgow Warriors as they fought hard for a 16-6 win over rivals Edinburgh.
A well-worked Josh Strauss try three minutes before the break gave the hosts a comfortable margin in a match lacking the customary flair that the Warriors are known for.
Scotland stand-off landed 11 points off the tee for the Warriors, while Edinburgh had just penalty goals from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Tom Heathcote for their efforts.
The Warriors captain was man of the match in a physical Guinness PRO12 clash at Scotstoun Stadium, but was left frustrated that they didn’t play at their best.
“We were good in the first half. We talked about what they bring and the physicality they’ve got,” he said.
“That is a physical team. I thought our defence in the first 20 minutes was outstanding.
“We talked about trying to play our game. We were probably frustrated we didn’t do that a bit more, but credit to them in the second half.
“We were in a good position at half-time and we needed to continue playing, but we ended up doing a lot of defending in that second half.
“We defended well, so that was good, but it was probably not a one for the spectators – there was a lot of rugby played in that middle 20, which meant that neither team was overly threatening.
“We weren’t at our best today. I’m sure Edinburgh will say the same, but there’s more to come.”
There’s enough players, spectators and journalists asking for the refs to make the decisions, so he made the decision and it’d didn’t go our way; we’ve just got to get on with it.
Livewire Warriors scrum-half Niko Matawalu looked to have glossed the win on 66 minutes after another sweeping attack down the left flank from the Warriors, but referee George Clancy ruled out the effort for a forward pass from DTH van der Merwe.
Kellock accepted that the officials on the field were confident to make that call rather than refer it to the Television Match Official when others may have automatically reviewed it.
“I’m surprised they didn’t go back and look at that, but that’s the referee’s call and it’s one instant in a game,” he said.
“The pass itself, by that stage I was sitting in the stand so I was a lot further away from it than either the touch judge or ref so I don’t know who made the call.
“I suppose there’s always opportunities to go and have a look at it if you think it’s close, but they obviously felt at the time that it wasn’t close enough.
“There’s enough players, spectators and journalists asking for the refs to make the decisions, so he made the decision and it’d didn’t go our way; we’ve just got to get on with it.”
The Warriors’ win briefly took them back to the top of the Guinness PRO12 before the Ospreys defeated the Scarlets in Swansea to displace them, while Edinburgh continue to languish in eighth place in their bid to finish in the top six, with Connacht currently eight points ahead at the half-way stage of the season.
We have to go and get league points next week to continue to push towards that play-off spot and if we do that we’ll get the 1872 Cup back again.
A win at the home of Scottish rugby on Friday for the Warrior guarantees that the 1872 Cup’s claret jug will remain in the west of Scotland for another year and the Warriors will be firm favourites to do the double.
But the focus for Kellock is on leaving BT Murrayfield with at least four points to maintain their position in the PRO12 play-off hunt, with their ultimate goal to again secure a home semi-final with a top-two finish.
“Back to back games, whether it’s in Europe or derby games, they’re great because you learn so much in the first game, so we’ll need to go to Murrayfield and play a bit of rugby, as well as fronting up physically,” he said.
“There’s not much changes. What we’ll be looking to do is execute better.
“They’re enjoyable games. For me, they’re almost separate, so we have to go and get league points next week to continue to push towards that play-off spot and if we do that we’ll get the 1872 Cup back again.
“I know how important it is for our supporters, for our city. It’s a privilege to play in these games.
“These have been a highlight over my career since coming [to Scotstoun] and we’ve put ourselves in a good position to get it again next week.”