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May 05, 2017

Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh

Posted by Editor on May 5, 2017 10:32 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

It's been a breakthrough season for Ali Price
Disco looks ahead to Gregor Townsend's final match as head coach of Glasgow Warriors.

Can the Warriors give Gregor a fitting send-off and an 1872 Cup win over Edinburgh at Scotstoun?

You can check out more of Disco's thoughts on Glasgow's PRO12 and European campaigns, as well as Scotland's international fortunes, at his excellent blog Top of the Moon.

KO 5.15 at Sold Out Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday 26 May
Live on BBC2 Scotland

It's time for the 147th and final match in the tenure of Glasgow head coach, Gregor Townsend. The maestro is packing up his tombola and heading for an office at Murrayfield. Before he goes though there is just the small matter of one final piece of silverware...

This will be the 20th game in the 1872 Cup series since the trophy was reintroduced in the 2007/08 season.

So far Glasgow have won 12 matches, Edinburgh 6 and there has been 1 draw.
The Warriors victory in December was just the 4th genuine away win. Edinburgh have yet to avoid defeat in Glasgow during the current incarnation of the 1872 Cup.
33 of the 46 players return from the first leg at Murrayfield.

Glasgow Warriors

15 Stuart Hogg

14 Tommy Seymour
13 Alex Dunbar
12 Peter Horne
11 Lee Jones

10 Finn Russell
9 Ali Price

1 Gordon Reid
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Scott Cummings
5 Jonny Gray (Captain)
6 Robert Harley
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 Pat MacArthur
17 Alex Allan
18 Sila Puafisi
19 Tim Swinson
20 Adam Ashe
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Nick Grigg
23 Sean Lamont

Edinburgh

15 Glenn Bryce

14 Damien Hoyland
13 Chris Dean
12 Phil Burleigh
11 Blair Kinghorn

10 Duncan Weir
9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

1 Allan Dell
2 Ross Ford
3 Simon Berghan
4 Grant Gilchrist (Captain)
5 Ben Toolis
6 Jamie Ritchie
7 John Hardie
8 Cornell Du Preez

Substitutes

16 Neil Cochrane
17 Murray McCallum
18 Kevin Bryce
19 Fraser McKenzie
20 George Turner
21 Sean Kennedy
22 Junior Rasolea
23 Rory Scholes

HEAD-TO-HEAD

15 - ADV Glasgow Warriors

14 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
13 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
12 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
11 - EVEN

10 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
9 - ADV Glasgow Warriors

1 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
2 - EVEN
3 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
4 - ADV Edinburgh
5 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
6 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
7 - ADV Edinburgh
8 - ADV Edinburgh

16 - EVEN
17 - EVEN
18 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
19 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
20 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
21 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
22 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
23 - ADV Glasgow Warriors

Tale of the Tape:

BACKS

PRO12 tries - Glasgow Warriors 99 Edinburgh 44
PRO12 appearances - Glasgow Warriors 480 Edinburgh 340
1872 Cup appearances - Glasgow Warriors 39 Edinburgh 24
Average age - Glasgow Warriors 26.6 Edinburgh 24.7
Capped players - Glasgow Warriors 7 Edinburgh 3

FORWARDS

Pack weights - Glasgow Warriors 892kg Edinburgh 902kg
PRO12 appearances - Glasgow Warriors 473 Edinburgh 458
1872 Cup appearances - Glasgow Warriors 36 Edinburgh 40
Average age - Glasgow Warriors 24.6 Edinburgh 26.5
Capped players - Glasgow Warriors 6 Edinburgh - 7

SUBSTITUTES

PRO12 appearances - Glasgow Warriors 532 Edinburgh 191
35 1872 Cup appearances - Glasgow Warriors 35 Edinburgh 12
28.4 Average age - Glasgow Warriors 28.4 Edinburgh 26.6
Capped players - Glasgow Warriors 7 Edinburgh 1

Glasgow Greetings / Edinburgh Introductions:
First 1872 Cup appearances in the offing for no less than 6 players (Ritchie, McCallum [an unused sub in the 1st leg], K Bryce, Turner, Rasolea and Scholes) on the black and red team and another 2 (Cummings and M Fagerson) on the black and blue side.

Once A Warrior / Erstwhile Edinbuggers:
7 of the players on show have featured for both clubs - G Bryce, Weir, K Bryce, McKenzie, and Kennedy were privileged to run out for Glasgow. Jones and Allan had lucky escapes from the capital! In fact, after this match, Wee Lee will only be 3 appearances short of playing more games for the Warriors than he did in his Edinburgh career.

Matchday Milestones:
The total attendance for the Warriors' home matches tops 100,000 for the first time in the club's history, finishing up at 101,974 for the 2016/17 campaign. Glasgow's 5 seasons at Scotstoun have seen them pull in more punters than in the previous 14 years of the club's existence.

Blonde bombshell, Sean Lamont becomes the 3,379th and last player to be selected by Gregor Townsend for the Warriors.

Glasgow have scored 90 tries so far this season, a record for the Townsend era. A bonus point win would see them top the club's all-time best haul of 93 tries from the 2000/01 campaign.

Stuart Hogg will be the 4th player this season to become a Warrior Centurion while Zander Fagerson features for the 50th time for Glasgow. Elsewhere, Fraser Brown will play his 50th PRO12 match and Duncan Weir will make it 100 appearances in the same tournament.

Warriors One to Watch / Edinburgh Ego to Eyeball
This has been a real breakthrough season for Ali Price. He has established himself in the Glasgow first team with more starts in this campaign than he had managed in his previous 3 years with the club. Injury to Greig Laidlaw also allowed Ali to take on the mantle of the Scotland number 9 shirt. He loves when the game gets a bit loose and the ball is flying around but he's also shown (particularly in European competition) that he has the patience to wait for the right moments to attack by himself or release his backline.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has been where Ali was prior to getting that opportunity for the national side. SHC was the young up-and-comer who was going to force his way past Greig Laidlaw and bring an excellent all-round game to the Test circuit. Unfortunately sitting doing nothing during the 2015 RWC was seemingly the worst thing that could have happened to Sam and his game seems to have regressed. There is still a fine player in there and if the new coaching setup at Edinburgh can put him back on track then he and Price could have some great battles in the future for the Scottish scrum half slot.

Toony's Track Record...

...against Edinburgh:

6 wins, 3 losses. 1 Try BP. 1 Losing BP. 26 points out of a possible 45 (58%)
No other PRO12 opponent has provided fewer bonus points for Gregor Townend's men.

Last season's match-up:

9 - Lineouts lost by the 2 teams - 3 by Glasgow and 6 by Edinburgh. Jonny Gray and Ben Toolis are 2 of the best setpiece operators in the Scottish game and they will make it very difficult for the respective hookers. With Cummings and Harley to assist him, Gray should have an advantage but Toolis has frequently shown he can almost operate as a one-man team for Edinburgh in this facet of the game. His 137 takes in the PRO12 this season are almost twice as many as anyone else in the league.

75 - Percent possession for Glasgow in the first half. The Warriors dominated in the opening 40 minutes, preventing Edinburgh from getting the ball and pinning the 'away' side back in their own half for 79% of that first period. Without points on the board it meant little though and an 8-6 lead at the break let Edinburgh stay in the game. Gregor Townsend will expect his side to be far more clinical when they have the ball on Saturday.

410 - Metres made with ball in hand by the 2 sides combined - the lowest of any match Glasgow played in last season. In fact there were 18 games where the Warriors made more ground than that on their own! The dreich conditions were a significant contributor but so also was the tendency of the teams to negate each other.

Hopefully the artificial surface and fine weather conditions will lead to a more open match - similar to the last time the 1872 Cup was contested outside the winter months. That occasion saw a 69-point, 9-try extravaganza at Scotstoun in April 2014. More of the same please...

Home and Away:
Glasgow Warriors last 6 in the PRO12 (H) - L W L W W W
Edinburgh last 6 in the PRO12 (A) - L W L L L L

Officials:
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 8th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White and Keith Allen (both SRU)
TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)

This will be Mr. Adamson's second Warriors debut after making a single appearance for the club as a player (replacing Sam Pinder against the Dragons back on the 4th of January 2008 trivia fans). Although this is his first time refereeing both Scottish sides, he has had plenty of experience as an assistant ref and 4th official at both Scotstoun and Murrayfield in recent seasons.

It's early days to judge Mr Adamson's officiating style but one point both teams might want to note is that he has issued 1 red and 7 yellow cards in his 7 league matches so far. As the second bottom side in the PRO12's Fair Play League this warning should maybe go double for Glasgow...

Previous Matches with Edinburgh
Saturday May 6 2017
Glasgow Warriors 18 29 Edinburgh Match Report
Monday December 26 2016
Edinburgh 12 25 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday January 2 2016
Edinburgh Rugby 14 11 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday December 27 2015
Edinburgh Rugby 23 11 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 2 2015
Edinburgh Rugby 20 8 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 27 2014
Glasgow Warriors 16 6 Edinburgh Rugby Match Report
Saturday April 26 2014
Glasgow Warriors 37 34 Edinburgh Rugby Match Report
Wednesday January 1 2014
Glasgow Warriors P P Edinburgh Rugby Match Report
Thursday December 26 2013
Edinburgh Rugby 16 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 29 2012
Edinburgh 17 21 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday December 21 2012
Glasgow Warriors 23 14 Edinburgh Match Report
Sunday January 1 2012
Glasgow Warriors 17 12 Edinburgh Match Report
Monday December 26 2011
Edinburgh 23 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday January 2 2011
Edinburgh 28 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Monday December 27 2010
Glasgow Warriors 30 18 Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday January 2 2010
Edinburgh 15 22 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday December 27 2009
Glasgow Warriors 25 12 Edinburgh Match Report
Friday January 2 2009
Glasgow Warriors 25 20 Edinburgh Match Report
Friday December 26 2008
Edinburgh 39 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 11 2008
Glasgow Warriors 23 14 Edinburgh Rugby Match Report
Friday December 28 2007
Edinburgh Rugby 35 31 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday December 22 2006
Glasgow Warriors 34 27 Edinburgh Gunners Match Report
Friday September 29 2006
Edinburgh Gunners 14 9 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Monday September 18 2006
Glasgow Warriors 13 5 Edinburgh Gunners Match Report
Sunday December 4 2005
Glasgow Warriors 46 6 Edinburgh Gunners Match Report
Friday September 30 2005
Edinburgh Gunners 28 12 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Monday August 22 2005
Glasgow Warriors 7 24 Edinburgh Gunners Match Report
Monday December 27 2004
Edinburgh 18 12 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday September 18 2004
Glasgow Warriors 12 10 Edinburgh Match Report
Friday May 7 2004
Edinburgh 19 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 27 2003
Glasgow Warriors 16 25 Edinburgh Match Report