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Preview: Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors

Charlie Talbot-Smith 27 Apr 2018

Edinburgh welcome local rivals Glasgow Warriors for the final game of Silver Saturday in the Guinness PRO14.

The final weekend of the regular season sees all seven fixtures on the same day and at 19:45 at BT Murrayfield, Richard Cockerill and Dave Rennie’s sides will lock horns.

What’s at stake? Both sides won their home fixture in the previous two derbies this season, meaning it is winner takes all for the 1872 Cup on Saturday.

While the Warriors have already qualified for a home semi-final from Conference A, Edinburgh are still in mix alongside Scarlets and Ulster as Qualifiers from Conference B.

A win for Cockerill’s side will confirm their passage into the Final Series and secure a Champions Cup berth for next season.

Team news (Edinburgh) Head coach Cockerill has named a settled team, the sole change coming in the pack.

Fijian international No.8 Bill Mata comes into the same side that defeated Scarlets 52-14 a fortnight ago.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors) Rennie welcomes back a number of Scottish internationals as Nick Grigg comes into the midfield while Ryan Wilson returns to captain at No.8 and Jonny Gray is in the second row.

DTH van der Merwe will make his 100th Glasgow appearance on the wing, while George Horne returns from sevens duty to take up the No.9 jersey and Lee Jones is back to take a place on the bench.

Talking points Cockerill has called on his Edinburgh side to raise their game for the occasion:

“We know that we can beat Glasgow – we were the first team to beat them this year.

“Edinburgh historically have a good record against Glasgow, so we’re just going to go full-out. We’re here to win the game on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a good battle. Glasgow are good enough to beat us, and if we get it wrong they can beat us easily because they’ve got enough fire power. But we’re a good side, we’re confident and of all the games I know this group can raise themselves for, it’s this one.”

Glasgow head coach Rennie said: “We’re highly motivated. There’s a historic cup up for grabs and we want to put in a good performance for the thousands of Warriors fans who will be travelling along the M8 to support us.

“It’s a big boost to bring back international quality in Jonny (Gray) and Ryan (Wilson). Both have trained really well and are chomping at the bit to be involved.

Key battle – Blair Kinghorn v Stuart Hogg

The van der Merwes go head to head on the wing as Duhan and DTH face off but the real battle is at No.15.

Stuart Hogg remains Scotland’s full-back and star player but Blair Kinghorn is the coming star of Scottish rugby after his debut for his country this Six Nations.

While that bow came on the wing, it is at full-back that he has done real damage for Edinburgh this season.

Key fact: Edinburgh Rugby’s only defeat in the last eight rounds of the Guinness PRO14 was 20-32 to Ulster at BT Murrayfield on 6 April.

Did you know? Warriors have been victorious just once in their last five visits to BT Murrayfield: 25-12 on 26 December 2016.

Edinburgh: Kinghorn, Fife, Johnstone, Dean, van der Merwe, van der Walt, Hidalgo-Clyne, Lay, McInally, Berghan, Toolis, Gilchrist, Bradbury, Ritchie, Mata

Replacements: Cochrane, Dell, Nel, Carmichael, du Preez, Fowles, Weir, Bennett

Glasgow Warriors: Hogg, Seymour, Grigg, Johnson, van der Merwe, Russell, Horne, Allan, Brown, Z Fagerson, Swinson, Gray, M Fagerson, Gibbins, Wilson

Replacements: Turner, Bhatti, Halanukonuka, Harley, Fusaro, Pyrgos, Horne, Jones

TV: Live on Sky Sports, 7:45PM

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU, 165th competition game) Assistant Referees: Mike Adamson, Dunx McClement (SRU) Citing Commissioner: Paul Minto (SRU) TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

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Edinburgh edge out Glasgow in Murrayfield thriller

Daniel Barnes 28 Apr 2018

James Johnstone, Jordan Lay and Duhan van der Merwe went over as Edinburgh Rugby defeated Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors to claim the 1872 Cup.

Munster’s draw with Ulster earlier on meant that both teams headed onto the pitch at BT Murrayfield with their respective places in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series rubber-stamped.

The final destination of the Cup – Edinburgh and the Warriors having won one encounter apiece earlier this season – was still to be decided, however.

Glasgow took the lead with 12 minutes gone as DTH van der Merwe marked his 100th appearance for the club – and his 31st birthday – by going over out wide after receiving a chipped kick from Finn Russell, who also added the extras.

Johnstone restored parity seven minutes later, bundling through two white shirts to crash over the line, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converting.

But, in a flash, the Warriors restored their lead with a spectacular team score, with Nick Grigg and George Horne helping tie Edinburgh in knots.

The ball eventually found its way to Russell, who slickly offloaded for Callum Gibbins to go over, the former adding the extras to make it 14-7.

Five minutes before the break, Lay burrowed his way over the line to haul Edinburgh back level, Hidalgo-Clyne converting, and in first-half added time, the hosts got their noses in front.

Hidalgo-Clyne showed sublime vision to bend a teasing kick around the corner, allowing Duhan van der Merwe to win a footrace and join his opposition namesake on the scoresheet, his scrum-half again adding the extras.

A contest that had been electric in the first period quietened in the second as the two sides largely cancelled each other out, despite plenty of attacking intent.

A 60-metre run from Stuart McInally broke down 15 minutes from time and the scoreboard was finally altered again shortly afterwards, Duncan Weir bisecting the posts with a penalty.

But back came Glasgow, DTH van der Merwe going over near the left flank to make it 24-19 and set up a grandstand finale.

The Warriors rapped at the door late on but Edinburgh held firm.

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