Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh: Richard Cockerill calls for tougher refereeing at scrums

Edinburgh bossed the scrums in last week’s narrow 1872 Cup win over Glasgow but didn’t get the rewards they deserved, according to Richard Cockerill.

Edinburgh dominated the scrum against Glasgow Warriors in the 1872 Cup first leg. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS
Edinburgh dominated the scrum against Glasgow Warriors in the 1872 Cup first leg. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

The capital coach felt the Warriors’ attempts to disrupt their set-piece dominance were treated with leniency by referee Sam Grove-White and hopes the more experienced Mike Adamson will be tougher should the situation be repeated in Friday’s second leg at Scotstoun.

“Mike is a very good referee,” said Cockerill. “He has just been given his first international game and that’s credit to him for the work he has put in over the last number of years.

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“We had eight penalties against Glasgow at the scrum. They had a final warning after the third one but there were no consequences from that. That’s been fed back and dealt with.”

Cockerill feels the Warriors were lucky to avoid a sin-binning for their transgressions which could have opened up what was a very tight encounter.

“If you are five metres out and it’s your scrum and you can push them backwards and they stand-up or wheel round illegally and keep doing that, what is the alternative?” asked the Edinburgh coach.

He expects Glasgow to be better in the scrum this week, just as he will look for more from his own side at the lineout, an area where the Warriors came out on top at Murrayfield.

“I'm sure Glasgow will be a far tougher prospect at the scrum this weekend. They’ll have been practising scrummaging while we've been practising lineouts.”

WP Nel was the scrum kingpin last week but the Edinburgh tighthead is on the bench for the second leg, with Simon Berghan starting.

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