Danny Wilson was generally delighted with the way his team bounced back from their humiliating capitulation against Benetton Treviso last time out to reclaim the 1872 Cup with a well-deserved 29-19 victory over arch-rivals Edinburgh on Friday night, but the Glasgow Warriors coach acknowledged that poor discipline is still a major concern. 

“We haven’t won the 1872 Cup for four years, but we won it this year so that’s an achievement, and we’ve hopefully qualified for Europe so that’s an achievement,” he said. “In a difficult year when there has been a lot of tough days, I think it’s important that we draw on the positives as well and Friday was a positive.” 

Warriors conceded 27 penalties during the game (the average across the league during the PRO14 section of this season was just under 11 per game), had two players yellow-carded and one player red-carded. 

“The penalty count was ridiculous, one of the highest we’ve had yet,” said Wilson. “What I asked for from the players was a physical response. I didn’t think physically we were where we needed to be against Treviso, and we certainly got that on Friday, but the edge of that physical battle is the important bit and we probably went over that edge too many times in terms of over-eagerness that led to penalties.  

“We’ve got to find the line between that type of passion and hunger, whilst having far, far better discipline, because it’s an ongoing problem that we have to keep addressing."

Wilson made a point of praising the contribution of 20-year-old Thomas Lambert, who previously represented Australia at Under 19s level before being recruited to the Scottish Rugby Academy set-up in the summer of 2020. “This is a very young academy prop who was up against WP Nel in his second game for the club and held his own,” said the coach.