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Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby

Andrew Lawton 29 Dec 2017

Scotstoun will be sold out as Glasgow Warriors welcome old rivals Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon, a week on from their first Guinness PRO14 defeat of the season.

A second defeat would see the 1872 Cup, the oldest club rugby rivalry in the world, go to Edinburgh with a third match between the sides still to be played.

What’s at stake? The Warriors, despite defeat last week, head into round 12 with a 12-point lead over nearest challengers Munster at the top of Conference A.

Edinburgh meanwhile are just three points behind third-placed Ulster in Conference B meaning a win over the Warriors could prove vital to their play-off aspirations.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors): Dave Rennie has changed a third of his starting XV with Nick Grigg, Niko Matawalu, Finn Russell, Kiran McDonald and Matt Fagerson all recalled.

Matawalu starts on the wing alongside Lee Jones with Grigg alongside Alex Dunbar in midfield and Russell pulling the strings at fly-half.

McDonald partners captain Jonny Gray in the second row while Fagerson, in his first game since the start of November, starts alongside Rob Harley and Matt Smith in the back row.

Team news (Edinburgh): Head coach Richard Cockerill has made a quartet of changes to the side that beat the Warriors in the first leg of the 1872 Cup at BT Murrayfield last weekend.

Damien Hoyland comes onto the wing while James Johnstone joins Phil Burleigh in midfield with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Jaco van der Walt continuing their partnership at half-back.

Matt Shields replaces the suspended Simon Berghan in the front row while Jamie Ritchie moves from the bench into the back row.

Talking points:

Glasgow Warriors will have been bitterly disappointed at their late loss last weekend, particularly with Edinburgh reduced to 14 men after just six minutes following Simon Berghan’s red card.

With that in mind Dave Rennie has warned his team that they must be much better this weekend in front of their home fans.

He said: “It was a sub-standard performance last Saturday and we were hugely disappointed. We had so many opportunities to put them out of it and we didn’t and they hurt us at the end.

“We know we have a lot of genuine support out there and we’re disappointed we put in a performance like that over Christmas. We need to be better on Saturday and we certainly want to give the supporters a lot more to sing about than we did last week.”

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill said: “The players showed a great deal of passion and desire in last weekend’s victory over Glasgow.

“We will need the same levels of commitment if we are to come away with a positive result at Scotstoun this weekend.

“We know how tough an opposition Glasgow are, especially at home, but I know the squad will be ready for the battle.”

Key battle: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne v Ali Price

There are some huge head-to-heads throughout the starting XVs but the battle at scrum-half could be even more crucial than most in Glasgow.

These two Scotland internationals will be well aware that Greig Laidlaw is close to returning to fitness and will be looking to prove a point.

Price started three Autumn internationals in Laidlaw’s absence, scoring a try against Australia, while Hidalgo-Clyne missed out on the squad but has been racking up the tries in the league.

Key stat: Edinburgh have suffered only one defeat in their last ten matches in all competitions, on their visit to Bloemfontein to face Toyota Cheetahs in November.

Did you know? The Warriors have won all six games they have played at Scotstoun in the Guinness PRO14 this season.

Glasgow Warriors: Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Nick Grigg, Alex Dunbar, Niko Matawalu, Finn Russell, Ali Price, Jamie Bhatti, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Kiran McDonald, Jonny Gray, Robert Harley, Matt Smith, Matt Fagerson

Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Oli Kebble, Siua Halanukonuka, Greg Peterson, Chris Fusaro, George Horne, Peter Horne, Huw Jones

Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Phil Burleigh, Duhan van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Murray McCallum, Stuart McInally, Matt Shields,  Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata

Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Jordan Lay, Elliot Millar-Mills, Fraser McKenzie, Cornell du Preez, Nathan Fowles, Chris Dean, Darcy Graham

Match officials – Referee: Mike Adamson

AR1: Sam Grove-White, AR2: Keith Allen

TMO: Neil Paterson

TV: Sky Sports (KO – 3.15pm)

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Russell stars as battling Glasgow defeat Edinburgh at Scotstoun

Jimmy Booker 30 Dec 2017

Finn Russell’s boot was the difference as Glasgow Warriors battled to victory over Edinburgh Rugby in the second leg of the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun, avenging last week’s shock loss in the capital.

In a match which saw the stadium evacuated at the end of the first-half after a fire alarm, Glasgow turned in a solid second-half display against an Edinburgh side missing several big names in the pack.

After the defeat at BT Murrayfield, the home side got back to winning ways in the Guinness PRO14 with a dogged defensive display as they nullified the threat of the visitors, with Russell kicking four penalties and Lee Jones adding a late try.

David Rennie’s side took the lead on six minutes through Russell’s first three-pointer, but Edinburgh bounced back impressively, enjoying the lion’s share of possession and territory as the half wore on.

Damien Hoyland had a try ruled out for Richard Cockerill’s men on 11 minutes after hooker Stuart McInally showed a tremendous burst of speed to hare towards the posts.

However, his offload under pressure went forward, despite Hoyland finishing in the corner, and it was ruled out.

Edinburgh plugged away for the rest of the half, which was cut short two minutes from the interval after the stadium was temporarily evacuated due to a fire alarm.

Both teams agreed to cut that half short and play restarted at 4.30pm for the start of the second period. Russell sent another solid penalty between the posts just two minutes after the break to stretch the hosts’ lead.

And while Edinburgh could not capitalise when they had possession, it was Glasgow’s forwards who grew into the game and increasingly sniffed out the danger posed by Edinburgh.

The discipline of Cockerill’s side slipped in the second period – they conceded 17 penalties throughout the contest – another of which was sent flying through the posts by the clinical Russell just before the hour mark.

Six minutes from time, Edinburgh were penalised for not rolling away, which allowed Russell to step up once more and take his side into double figures with a fourth kick from the tee.

And Lee Jones put the icing on the cake for Rennie’s men as he crashed over after the clock had ticked into overtime, Russell missing the resulting conversion from the touchline.

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