Edinburgh Cling On, Glasgow Fall Off

Rory BaldwinCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2009

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca (c) passes during the Heineken Cup Pool 4 match between Bath and Edinburgh at the Recreation Ground on December 13, 2009 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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During whiteout conditions at Murrayfield on Saturday, where the weather played a larger role than either of the teams for a chunk of the first half, Edinburgh managed to grab a victory against Bath.

It was a pity the snow came in when it did, as both teams were showing a willingness to throw the ball about. But when the ball became invisible in a sea of white, it became time for a very cold game of hot potato (mixed in with a little Dead Ants).

Mossy’s boot saved Edinburgh as it has so often. While I have often been reluctant to wade in on the whole "Mossy at 10" thing, Godman’s form seems to be waning. While Mossy seems to have gained a yard of pace, he gets turned over in the tackle far less and his tactical kicking is miles better than it was, and miles ahead of Godman.

He has surely done enough to be the front runner for the Scotland 15 shirt, with Hugo a close second (who honestly believed he would be a regular at Stade?).

But is he worth a look at 10 for Edinburgh, as so many have suggested? This is assuming Rory Lamont remains in the injury information black hole he is currently in.

While Robbo has been telling anyone who will listen about Scotland’s deficiencies in the 10 position, is Mossy finally worth a shout, having made his tactical game a bit, well, more Dan Parks-esque?

Speaking of Parks, he controlled the game against Gloucester extremely well in the first half, while Barclay led the forwards in a master class in frustrating the opposition. For a game with so many Scot-on-Scot match-ups, there was plenty of niggle, and no doubt a sign of what is to come next weekend. The Weej seem to excel in this area, which could be a problem for Edinburgh.

Yet in the second half Gloucester came out and pretty much reversed the situation, bullying Glasgow off their 0-6 lead and the ball and sharpening up their attack enough to take the victory.

A raft of late-term substitutions probably did not help Glasgow—much in the same way  it buggered up Edinburgh last week—with Cusiter going off and replacement McMillan then having to hide at the back with an injury, while Gregor filled in at scrum half.

This only served to rob Glasgow of Gregor’s running lines and pace from the back, which they were already short of with Thom Evans out. The Gloucester Scottish showed up well with Scott, Rory Lawson and Al Strokosch showing good skills in attack, although Kellock and Gray were all over Lawson (hooker) at the line-out.

And one more thing: does Graeme Morrison ever pass? You’d be as well playing Richie Vernon in the centre, who unveiled the pace that has Glasgow abuzz while the rest of us sat wondering why Beattie was on the bench for a guy with two first names