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January 08, 2021

Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh

Posted by Editor on January 8, 2021 12:24 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

George Turner is the Warrior to Watch
Glasgow take on Edinburgh in this evening's PRO14 fixture at Scostoun - Disco looks at the numbers behind the 1872 Cup clash.

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

KO 7.35 at Scotstoun Stadium
Friday 8th January 2021
Live on Premier Sports 2

- This is the 31st match in the 1872 Cup series. Glasgow have won 15, Edinburgh 14 and there has been 1 draw (the Warriors also won a non-1872 Cup clash at Murrayfield in August 2020).
- Huw Jones is the only survivor in the Glasgow backline from when these two sides last met at Scotstoun (in December 2019). Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings and Ryan Wilson are the returning starters in the pack from that fixture.
- For Edinburgh, Blair Kinghorn and Mark Bennett in the backs as well as Stuart McInally, Grant Gilchrist, Hamish Watson and Viliame Mata in the forwards also started that last clash at Scotstoun.
- The Glasgow pack is the heaviest selected for any match in the current campaign.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Huw Jones

14 Lee Jones
13 Nick Grigg
12 Robbie Fergusson
11 Rufus McLean

10 Ross Thompson
9 Ali Price

1 Oli Kebble
2 George Turner
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Richie Gray
5 Scott Cummings
6 Ryan Wilson (Captain)
7 Tom Gordon
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 Johnny Matthews
17 Aki Seiuli
18 Enrique Pieretto
19 Lewis Bean
20 TJ Ioane
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Brandon Thomson
23 Glenn Bryce

Edinburgh

15 Blair Kinghorn

14 Eroni Sau
13 Mark Bennett
12 Chris Dean
11 Jack Blain

10 Jaco van der Walt
9 Nic Groom

1 Rory Sutherland
2 Stuart McInally (Captain)
3 Simon Berghan
4 Andrew Davidson
5 Grant Gilchrist
6 Jamie Ritchie
7 Hamish Watson
8 Viliame Mata

Substitutes

16 David Cherry
17 Pierre Schoeman
18 Willem Nel
19 Jamie Hodgson
20 Magnus Bradbury
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Nathan Chamberlain
23 James Johnstone

Head-To-Head

15 EVEN

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

10 ADV Edinburgh
9 ADV Glasgow Warriors

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

Substitutes

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

Tale of the Tape:

BACKS

Tries
Glasgow Warriors - 62
Edinburgh - 57

Appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 309
Edinburgh - 347

1872 Cup appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 42
Edinburgh - 43

Average age
Glasgow Warriors - 26.5
Edinburgh - 26.9

Capped players
Glasgow Warriors - 4
Edinburgh - 4

FORWARDS

Pack weight
Glasgow Warriors - 912kg
Edinburgh - 902kg

Appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 602
Edinburgh - 759

1872 Cup appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 69
Edinburgh - 79

Average age
Glasgow Warriors - 26.9
Edinburgh - 28.3

Capped players
Glasgow Warriors - 7
Edinburgh - 7

SUBSTITUTES

Appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 128
Edinburgh - 440

1872 Cup appearances
Glasgow Warriors - 13
Edinburgh - 56

Average age
Glasgow Warriors - 27.2
Edinburgh - 27.8

Capped players
Glasgow Warriors - 2
Edinburgh - 3

Glasgow Greetings / Edinburgh Introductions:
Rufus McLean will become Warrior number 320 when the game kicks off on Friday night. The winger, who is equally comfortable at full back, was in outstanding form during the under 20 Six Nations in 2020. He will be the 8th player from that squad of Scotland u20s to make his top level club debut, following in the footsteps of Ewan Ashman, Jack Blain, Conor Boyle, Nathan Chamberlain, Rory Darge, Roan Frostwick and Cameron Henderson.

1872 Cup debuts:
- Robbie Fergusson
- Rufus McLean
- Jack Blain

Once A Warrior / Erstwhile Edinburghers:
Warrior numbers 184 (Henry Pyrgos - 147 appearances); 193 (Mark Bennett - 66 apps); and 298 (Andrew Davidson - 8 apps) will all be on the opposing side on Friday. George Turner (14 games for Edinburgh), Lee Jones (57 games) and Glenn Bryce (31 games) have made the reverse journey.

Matchday Milestones:
Ryan Wilson will start for Glasgow for a remarkable 27th consecutive match, having not missed a game for over 14 months. This moves him into 5th equal all-time for this streak alongside David Hilton (27 starts in a row between August 2000 and May 2001). Only 3 players in the club's history have managed longer runs - Sean Lamont, Jon Petrie and Bernardo Stortoni (twice) - with the Argentinian full backs streak of 43 consecutive starts between September 2007 and March 2009 being top of the tree.

When he is sprung from the bench Willem Nel will play his 150th match for Edinburgh. The prop has made a huge contribution to Scottish rugby since arriving in 2012. While his role at club level may have diminished from the early days (he played 81 out of Edinburgh's 87 matches from his debut until he went to the RWC in 2015 with Scotland) he remains central to the capital club's set piece.

Warrior to Watch / Edinburgher to Eyeball:
In the absence of Fraser Brown the top two choices at hooker for Scotland's Six Nations campaign will be on show at Scotstoun. Both George Turner and Stuart McInally build their game on a huge workrate. As well as playing key roles at scrum and lineout these are two players with high involvements around the park with the Warriors' hooker averaging 30.1 carries + tackles per 80 minutes in the PRO14 last season and his opposite number managing 28.8.

George is one of the forwards who brings an aggressive edge to the Glasgow pack. He's an abrasive tackler and a dynamic carrier and was the top performer for tackle breaks in the Warriors' pack last season. Stuart is more measured but certainly no less effective. His 98% tackle completion rate was 4th best in the league during 2019/20 and he is a relentlessly consistent performer.

Both men are converted back rows and their turnover threat comes into play when they themselves are not the ones making the tackles - and sometimes even then given their ability to work hard and get back on feet. This pair will give it everything on Friday night and neither will be taking any prisoners in the race for league points and Scotland shirts.

Glasgow v Edinburgh at Scotstoun in the PRO12/14 era:
- 6 wins
- 2 losses
- 2 Try BPs
- 26 points out of a possible 40 (65%)

Most recent match-up:

Officials:
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 48th competition game)
AR1: Finlay Brown (SRU)
AR2: Dunx McClement (SRU)
TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)

Mr Adamson's regular season record for 2019/20 in the PRO14:
Matches - 9 (all refs - 101)
Average penalty count - 19.2 per game (all refs - 19.1)
Home penalty percentage - 54% (all refs - 52%)
Average card count - 1.1 per game (all refs - 1.3)
Penalties per card - 17 (all refs - 15)

This will be the 8th time that Mr Adamson has taken charge of a Warriors' fixture, with all bar one of those games (v Southern Kings in 2017) being 1872 Cup matches against Edinburgh.

There has been a lot of hard graft to get to this point but next month Mr Adamson will become the first Scot to referee in the Men's Six Nations since 2002.

Previous Matches with Edinburgh
Saturday January 16 2021
Glasgow Warriors 23 22 Edinburgh Match Report
Friday January 8 2021
Glasgow Warriors P P Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday January 2 2021
Edinburgh 10 7 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday August 28 2020
Edinburgh 3 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday August 22 2020
Edinburgh 30 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 28 2019
Edinburgh 29 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 21 2019
Glasgow Warriors 20 16 Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday May 30 2020
Edinburgh P P Glasgow Warriors 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