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December 27, 2019

Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on December 27, 2019 07:47 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Fraser Brown is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's PRO14 visit to Murrayfield to take on Edinburgh.

You can read more of Disco's thoughts on Glasgow's pursuit of the PRO14 title and European progress, Scotland's international fortunes, and much, much more at his excellent blog Top of the Moon.

KO 3.00 at BT Murrayfield
Saturday 28th December 2019
Buy tickets here
Live on Premier Sports 2

- Head to heads are pretty even - will home advantage prove to be the crucial factor?
- There are just 4 new faces with 42 of the players having also been selected for last week's game at Scotstoun. WP Nel and Matt Scott are in for Edinburgh, as are Ratu Tagive and DTH van der Merwe for Glasgow (Pietro Ceccarelli, James Johnstone, Tommy Seymour and Kyle Steyn the players to drop out of the 23s).
- This is the 28th match in the 1872 Cup series. The aggregate score could hardly be closer, standing at 511 - 508 in favour of the Warriors.

Teams

Edinburgh

15 Blair Kinghorn

14 Darcy Graham
13 Mark Bennett
12 George Taylor
11 Duhan van der Merwe

10 Simon Hickey
9 Nic Groom

1 Pierre Schoeman
2 Stuart McInally
3 WP Nel
4 Ben Toolis
5 Grant Gilchrist
6 Jamie Ritchie
7 Hamish Watson
8 Viliame Mata

Substitutes

16 Mike Willemse
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Simon Berghan
19 Lewis Carmichael
20 Magnus Bradbury
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Jaco van der Walt
23 Matt Scott

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Ratu Tagive
13 Huw Jones
12 Sam Johnson
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Scott Cummings
5 Jonny Gray
6 Robert Harley
7 Callum Gibbins (Co-Captain)
8 Ryan Wilson (Co-Captain)

Substitutes

16 George Turner
17 Aki Seiuli
18 Adam Nicol
19 Adam Ashe
20 Tom Gordon
21 George Horne
22 Nick Grigg
23 Nikola Matawalu

Head-To-Head

15 - ADV Edinburgh

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

10 - ADV Glasgow Warriors
9 - ADV Glasgow Warriors

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

Substitutes

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

Tale of the Tape:

BACKS

Tries
Edinburgh - 70
Glasgow Warriors - 104

Appearances
Edinburgh - 242
Glasgow Warriors - 496

1872 Cup appearances
Edinburgh - 29
Glasgow Warriors - 48

Average age
Edinburgh - 25.1
Glasgow Warriors - 28.2

Capped players
Edinburgh - 3
Glasgow Warriors - 6

FORWARDS

Pack weight
Edinburgh - 905kg
Glasgow Warriors - 910kg

Appearances
Edinburgh - 805
Glasgow Warriors - 824

1872 Cup appearances
Edinburgh - 77
Glasgow Warriors - 76

Average age
Edinburgh - 28.2
Glasgow Warriors - 27.8

Capped players
Edinburgh - 7
Glasgow Warriors - 6

SUBSTITUTES

Appearances
Edinburgh - 374
Glasgow Warriors - 379

1872 Cup appearances
Edinburgh - 35
Glasgow Warriors - 33

Average age
Edinburgh - 27.1
Glasgow Warriors - 26.1

Capped players
Edinburgh - 6
Glasgow Warriors - 5

Glasgow Greetings / Edinburgh Introductions:
Ratu Tagive will become the 233rd man to play in an 1872 Cup game (festive quiz - see if you name the other 232...) Glasgow tighthead Adam Nicol is still looking for his debut in this fixture after being an unused sub last week. Jamie Bhatti was similarly left on the bench last week - he'll be hoping for his inaugural Edinburgh 1872 Cup appearance after 6 previous outings for the Warriors.

Once A Warrior / Erstwhile Edinburghers:
It's the same again as last week - former Warriors Henry Pyrgos, Mark Bennett and Jamie Bhatti feature for Edinburgh. George Turner has made the move away from the dark side... George's score last week means he joins Lee Jones as the only players to score a try against their former team having played 1872 Cup matches for both sides.

Milestones:
Wee George Horne brings up his 50th appearance for Glasgow (with just the 24 tries so far). He's still got some catching up to do with big brother Pete though who is more than 100 games ahead on 163.

Robert Harley will feature in his 19th 1872 Cup match, tying the record set by Ross Ford. Rob has only missed 3 matches in this series since his first Edinburgh encounter in December 2010 (those with long memories may recall the Ginger Ninja galloping through from a kick off to put DTH van der Merwe in for a classic try in that game).

Warrior to Watch / Edinburgher to Eyeball:
The latest data is due to be published in a couple of days but based on 2018/19 figures, hooker is the lowest-paid position in the PRO14 and Premiership and the 3rd lowest paid in the Top 14. Anyone who watched the level of effort Stuart McInally and Fraser Brown put into knocking lumps out of each other last week would question how that can be possible!

This pair are workaholics on both sides of the ball, averaging 10+ carries and 10+ tackles per 80 minutes. That's over and above setpiece duties, providing an additional turnover threat at the breakdown and, in Brown's case mainly, being one of the primary distributors and decision-makers in the pack. Quite frankly if these two aren't among the top paid players at the pro teams there's something very wrong!

Fraser may have only lasted 49 minutes last week but he'll be happy that his side really took it to the more heavily-fancied Edinburgh tight 5. As well as having the upper hand in the scrums the Warriors were able to restrict Edinburgh's front row and second row to just 6 metres of ground gained - from 40 carries. That level of intensity will be required again this week if Glasgow are to back up their win. If the capital club's big men get on the front foot more regularly it will be a very long afternoon for the visitors.

Glasgow away to Edinburgh during the PRO12/14 era:
- 3 wins
- 1 draw
- 5 losses
- 1 losing bonus point
- 15 points out of a possible 45 (33%)

Previous match-up:

Officials:
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 40th competition game)
AR1: Keith Allen (SRU)
AR2: David Sutherland (SRU)
TMO: Neil Patterson (SRU)

Mr Adamson's regular season record for 2018/19 in the PRO14:

Matches - 13 (all refs - 147)
Average penalty count - 17.2 per game (all refs - 18.4)
Home penalty percentage - 51% (all refs - 53%)
Average card count - 1.0 per game (all refs - 0.9)
Penalties per card - 16 (all refs - 19)

Mr Adamson appears to be on the well-trodden path from whistle happy newbie to experienced game manager. Quite simply the more games refereed at the top level the lower the penalty counts seem to go, with the PRO14's refereeing centurions - Nigel Owens and George Clancy - almost always the least likely to stop play.

Scotland's top ref's average penalty count dropped from 21.2 in 2017/18 to 17.2 in 2018/19 and his penalties per card increased from 13 to 16. That latter figure remained the second lowest among the PRO14's Elite Refereeing Squad (Frank Murphy - card every 12 penalties - the only one with a lower count). Mr Adamson is still pretty quick to go to his pocket - as 6 yellows in 4 games so far this season can attest - and discipline on both sides will need to be better this week if another sin bin fest is to be avoided!

Previous Matches with Edinburgh
Saturday December 28 2019
Edinburgh 29 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 21 2019
Glasgow Warriors 20 16 Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday April 27 2019
Glasgow Warriors 34 10 Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday December 29 2018
Glasgow Warriors 8 16 Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday December 22 2018
Edinburgh 23 7 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday April 28 2018
Edinburgh 24 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 30 2017
Glasgow Warriors 17 0 Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday December 23 2017
Edinburgh 18 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
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