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Preview: Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors

Andrew Lawton 22 Dec 2017

The first meeting of the season between Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors promises to be a cracker of an encounter as the battle for the 1872 Cup is renewed.

What’s at stake? The 1872 Cup, the oldest inter-city rugby rivalry, will be decided in a best of three format this year, with Saturday providing the first round.

Warriors, unbeaten in the league thus far, will be looking to further cement their place at the top of Conference A and match Ulster’s record for the best start to a season.

Edinburgh, meanwhile, sit fourth in Conference B and victory over their near neighbours will reduce the gap to the teams above them and help them push for a Champions Cup slot.

Team news (Edinburgh): Seven internationals return for Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh side, including Phil Burleigh, who starts in midfield alongside James Johnstone.

Jaco van der Walt is back after missing last week through illness while there’s an all-Scottish front row in Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland and Simon Berghan.

Team news (Glasgow Warriors): Jonny Gray will celebrate his new two-year contract by skippering the Warriors with Scott Cummings in the second row.

Rob Harley returns from injury to start in the back row while Alex Dunbar and Huw Jones reignite their international partnership in the centres.

Talking points: Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said: “Everyone talks about the 1872 Cup games with the same kind of passion that we talked about the derbies back home (in New Zealand).

“Boys will have friends amongst the opposition but for 80 minutes, you put that aside and go toe-to-toe. I suppose it’s a game that divides Scotland.

“I know the boys are really keen. We tend to have an edge around training every week regardless of who we’re playing but this week is certainly more personal.”

Cockerill added: “This weekend is going to be a great barometer of where we’re at as a team and how well we’re progressing.

“We’re doing some good things and we’re paying a nice brand of rugby. It’s a big day for us as a club and I’m hopeful that Edinburgh take another positive step forward.”

Key Battle: Fraser Brown v Stuart McInally

Brown missed the Autumn internationals for Scotland and McInally stepped in and took his chance with a trio of tries from his three starts.

It means when the two mobile hookers go head-to-head, there’s sure to be an extra bit of spice in what is already expected to be a fiery derby.

Brown returned from his lay-off against Montpellier last week and will be desperate to show he’s back to full fitness against his rival.

Did you know? Edinburgh have lost just one of their last five encounters with Warriors – 12-25 at BT Murrayfield on Boxing Day 2016.

Key Stat: Glasgow Warriors have won all ten matches in the Guinness PRO14 this season. Another victory would tie Ulster’s record for the best start to a campaign set in 2012-13.

Edinburgh: B Kinghorn, D Fife, J Johnstone, P Burleigh, D van der Merwe, J van der Walt, S Hidalgo-Clyne, R Sutherland, S McInally, S Berghan, B Toolis, G Gilchrist, V Mata, H Watson, C du Preez

Replacements: NCochrane, M McCallum,  M Shields, F McKenzie, J Ritchie, N Fowles, C Dean, D Graham

Glasgow Warriors: R Jackson, T Seymour, H Jones, ADunbar, L Jones, P Horne, A Price, J Bhatti, F Brown, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, J Gray, R Harley, M Smith, S Vunisa

Replacements: P MacArthur, O Kebble, S Halanukonuka, K McDonald, C Fusaro, H Pyrgos, F Russell, N Matawalu

Referee: Frank Murphy

AR1: David Wilkinson, AR2: Lloyd Linton, TMO: Dennis Hunter

TV: Sky Sports & BBC Alba (5pm)

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Fans can save up to 20% on selected tickets, and prices start at just €30 for adults and €5 for children, and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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Edinburgh’s Dean strikes late to secure sensational win over Warriors

Jimmy Booker 23 Dec 2017

Chris Dean’s dramatic late try saw 14-man Edinburgh Rugby inflict a first domestic defeat of the season for Glasgow Warriors.

It is the first 1872 Cup clash of the three scheduled this campaign, with the second at Scotstoun next week in what is a festive double header between the Scottish sides.

And it is Edinburgh who will be smiling going into Christmas after a spirited display in front of 23,833 fans, a record 1872 Cup crowd.

Warriors went into the encounter with a perfect ten wins from ten in this season’s Guinness PRO14, and it looked like it would be a routine 11th early on.

The opening exchanges all went Glasgow’s way as the returning Huw Jones crashed over in only the second minute, Peter Horne making no mistake from the tee to add the extras.

And it went from bad to worse for the hosts when Simon Berghan was red-carded just minutes later.

The hosts could have folded, but showed a battling resilience to stay within touching distance of their in-form visitors.

And they got themselves on the scoresheet when Sam Hidalgo-Clyne sent a penalty sailing between the posts on 18 minutes.

Indeed, Edinburgh had a sizeable amount of possession and territory as they kept Glasgow at bay for the rest of the half.

The visitors came out strongly in the second period and moved themselves seven points clear once more, Peter Horne slotting a three-pointer after winning a penalty at the scrum.

However, almost immediately, Edinburgh closed the gap when Hidalgo-Clyne displayed dead-eye vision once again to net his second penalty.

Warriors will have thought they had dealt the decisive blow 15 minutes into the second half when Scott Cummings raced over. Finn Russell, on for Alex Dunbar, sent the conversion true from out wide.

Once again, however, the 14 men of Edinburgh refused to roll over and hit back with a score of their own six minutes later.

Replacement Nathan Fowles powered over for his side’s first try, wing Duhan van der Merwe converting.

And Edinburgh sensed their opportunity as they pushed and pushed in the closing stages, finally getting their reward when Dean crossed the whitewash with a minute to go.

Despite van der Merwe missing the conversion, the referee’s whistle blew, sparking wild celebrations among the Edinburgh faithful.

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Fans can save up to 20% on selected tickets, and prices start at just €30 for adults and €5 for children, and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.ie

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