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No love lost in 1872 battle

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Dec 2010


Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen has admitted Monday’s derby win over Edinburgh featured everything you would expect when two great rivals go to war.

Lineen’s men ran out 30-18 winners to move up to ninth in the Magners League table, just three points behind Edinburgh and with a game in hand.

Part one of the 1872 double header featured a brace of yellow cards and the same number of red as the oldest inter-city fixture in rugby history lived up to it’s feisty reputation at Firhill.

As a spectacle, there was plenty for the Scottish supporters to get stuck into, while the manner of his side’s performance and the winning margin gave Lineen even more to smile about.

"There are a few battered bodies in there – it was a tough old encounter," said Lineen after the Warriors recorded their fourth straight win over Edinburgh.

"It was a real full-blooded game – a typical derby match with no love lost. A couple of yellow cards, couple of reds and three tries to nil, so the guys are happy with that.

"Edinburgh tackled hard and made it difficult at contact. They got stuck into us and made their tackles count but we got the result we needed.

"I was proud of what the players did following Toulouse. The spirit here is strong"

Glasgow’s celebrations were tempered by the loss of centre Graeme Morrison to a knee injury after just 13 minutes at Firhill.

The veteran international has long been a key figure in the Warriors’ midfield and a lengthy absence would be a big blow to last season’s Play-Off semi-finalists.

Linnen expects to be without Morrison for the return fixture against Edinburgh on January 2 but, fortunately for Glasgow and for Scotland, he does not envisage the setback being a long-term one.

"He has a knee injury and won't be out for that long," added Lineen.

"But we don't know how long yet. He's a key man for us and him going off meant we had to realign ourselves."