Laidlaw: All is not lost for Edinburgh

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Dec 2012


Edinburgh’s Greig Laidlaw is convinced his side can turn the tables on Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors when the two teams meet again next weekend, after going down in the 1872 Cup on Friday night.

DTH van der Merwe's first-half double stopped Glasgow's recent RaboDirect PRO12 rot and condemned rivals Edinburgh to a morale-sapping 23-14 defeat at Scotstoun.

The Canadian wing took his league tally to seven tries with a devastating first-half display which also saw Rob Harley cross for the hosts – ending their four-game run of RaboDirect PRO12 defeats.

Laidlaw however, was impressive in defeat, the Scottish scrum-half kicking three penalties and galvanising his troops in the second half.

His possible partner at ten for this year’s Six Nations, Duncan Weir, though came off the bench to kick two of his own to secure victory for the Warriors.

But 27-year-old Laidlaw hopes to come out on top in the return fixture on December 29 when Edinburgh will look to overhaul their current nine-point deficit in the 1872 Cup.

“We've got to repeat our second-half performance,” he said. "If we play like that, we'll not be far away.

"But, credit to Glasgow, they stuck in and scored a few nice tries in the first half.

"That's the most disappointing thing, the first half. That's what cost us the game.

"We just got on the front foot a little bit. We stopped their blockers running into our defensive line.

"I was disappointed at how we dealt with that in the first half."