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Edinburgh dispatch Glasgow to end season on a high

Glasgow Warriors secured the 1872 Cup for the first time in three years but were given an almighty scare after Edinburgh Rugby produced a stunning 29-18 victory at Scotstoun.

Gregor Townsend signed off as Warriors boss with a defeat after Edinburgh rallied in the second half with tries from Damien Hoyland and Glenn Bryce that trimmed the aggregate score to just two points.

But a classy try from British and Irish Lions 15 Stuart Hogg on his 100th club appearance and captain Jonny Gray’s first half try ensured Warriors snatched 1872 Cup away from Edinburgh in the final Guinness PRO12 match.

In front of a sell-out Scotstoun crowd, it appeared Glasgow would have an easy afternoon as Finn Russell converted a penalty after just 90 seconds.

But City, who have had a difficult Pro12 season, showed a great deal of resolve in the opening stages.

Duncan Weir traded penalties with Russell as Edinburgh looked to cut the 13 point aggregate deficit from the first leg.

Yet Edinburgh let themselves down again as first Ross Ford and then Sam Hidalgo-Clyne were given yellow cards by referee Mike Adams.

The Warriors eventually broke down a resilient Edinburgh defence with little over 30 seconds on the clock.

A fine move which saw Scott Cummings produce a neat pass to skipper Gray who was able to bundle the ball over the line and give the Glaswegians the halftime advantage.

Lee Jones thought he had given Glasgow the lead again early in the second half after a Weir penalty – but the winger was adjudged to have put his foot in touch by the finest of margins.

Edinburgh gave themselves a glimmer of hope after Hoyland powered over the line as he evaded Lions centre Hogg with neat footwork.

But the game was put beyond the reach of Duncan Hodge’s side when Hogg showed his class to break a dogged Edinburgh defensive line.

The ball was passed out to the 24-year-old from the scrum who was able to find a gap and power the ball home.

Bryce’s late try, almost on the 80 minute mark, and Weir’s brilliant kicking in difficult windy conditions was not quite enough to give the capital city side an unlikely cup triumph.

Yet the result can be a small positive to take for Hodge’s team going into the summer break.

The Guinness PRO12 Final takes place on May 27 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. 

Fans can guarantee their place by booking their tickets via www.ticketmaster.ie

Further information: www.pro12rugby.com/final

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