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Hogg set for historic appearance in Scottish derby

Guinness PRO12 Editor 5 May 2017
Hogg set for century of appearances in 1872 Cup

Glasgow Warriors will be looking to give outgoing head coach Gregor Townsend the perfect send off in their eagerly anticipated Scottish derby against Edinburgh Rugby.

The Warriors may have failed to reach the Guinness PRO12 semi-finals for the first time in six years but they will be out to wrestle the 1872 Cup out of Edinburgh’s hands for the first time since 2014.

What’s at stake?

Edinburgh could still be caught on points by Welsh side Newport Gwent Dragons – who take on Cardiff Blues – but the Scottish side will most likely retain ninth place due to a superior points difference.

But the 1872 Cup will take centre stage as the capital side look to keep hold of the trophy as they have done for the last two seasons.

The Warriors will be feeling confident having won their last three matches at Scotstoun, all with maximum points.

Glasgow Warriors team news: Stuart Hogg will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors to become the youngest player to reach the milestone.

Elsewhere, Zander Fagerson makes his 50th appearance at tight-head and like Hogg will become the youngest player to achieve that feat.

It will be an emotional day at Scotstoun tomorrow as Gordon Reid, Sila Puafisi and Sean Lamont are all set to play their last games for Glasgow.

Edinburgh Rugby team news: Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge has rung the changes to the backline ahead of the derby with Blair Kinghorn making his first start on the wing and Phil Burleigh returning to inside centre.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Duncan Weir are both promoted from the bench to start as the half-back duo.

Ross Ford starts at hooker, while Jamie Ritchie and John Hardie – who this week penned a new deal with the capital club – are named on the flanks.

Talking points:

There will no doubt be a tear in the eye of Warriors coach Gregor Townsend who will take charge of his 116th and final Guinness PRO12 match.

He said: “We’re really looking forward to the atmosphere which is going to be created at a sold-out Scotstoun tomorrow evening.

“It will be Gordon Reid, Sila Puafisi and Sean Lamont’s last involvement with the club and we’re looking to sending them off on a high. I’m sure all of the leavers will get a good reception from our supporters.

“It should be a cracking game as we’re playing our fiercest rivals and there is a trophy at stake.”

Acting coach Hodge said: “Glasgow are our biggest rivals and we need no bigger motivation than facing them on their home patch.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation going into this game and we’ve got some confidence following our late win against Dragons last week. Although we didn’t perform well on the whole in that game, we showed belief in our ability and a mental resilience to get the win.

“It’s been a challenging season, but we want to finish on a high while playing the open and exciting brand of rugby we’re capable of producing.”

Lions watch:

Fresh from reaching his own century of appearances for the Warriors, Tommy Seymour will be making his final appearance of the season before joining up with the British and Irish Lions.

The winger has been in fine form this season and will be looking to sign off in style ahead of his maiden tour with the Lions.

Glasgow also boasts another member of Warren Gatland’s squad in Stuart Hogg who will be making his historic 100th appearance at Scotstoun.
Key stat:

Edinburgh have not won on Glasgow soil since a trip to Hughenden in December 2003.

Did you know?

Edinburgh’s 14-11 victory last year was switched from Scotstoun to BT Murrayfield because of weather concerns.

Glasgow Warriors top points scorer: Finn Russell 76 Top try scorer: Tommy Seymour 8

Edinburgh Rugby top points scorer: Duncan Weir 97 Top try scorers: Magnus Bradbury, Damien Hoyland 5

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record:
Played 27, Warriors won 15, Edinburgh won 11 with 1 game drawn.

At Scotstoun Stadium, 5.15pm Live on BBC Sport Scotland
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 8th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White, Keith Allen (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (SRU)
TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record:

Played 27, Warriors won 15, Edinburgh won 11 with 1 game drawn.

At Scotstoun Stadium, 5.15pm Live on BBC Sport Scotland
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 8th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White, Keith Allen (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (SRU)
TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)

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Edinburgh dispatch Glasgow to end season on a high

Daniel Barnes 6 May 2017

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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