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May 21, 2022

Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on May 21, 2022 12:53 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Josh McKay is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's vital URC meeting with Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

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

KO 6.30 at Murrayfield Stadium
Saturday 21st May 2022
Live on Premier Sports 1

- This is the 34th match contested for the 1872 Cup. Glasgow have won 18, Edinburgh 14 and there has been one draw (during this era, the Warriors have also won two further non-1872 Cup clashes between these teams - in August 2020 and May 2021).
- There are 22 changes from the combined starting XVs that played the last time these two sides met at Scotstoun in March during the Six Nations.
- 34 of 46 players on show are full capped internationals (19 for Edinburgh v 15 for Glasgow).
- 41 of the 46 are Scottish qualified.
- Both head coaches have selected their most experienced starting XVs for any game this season - 1,262 previous starts for the club for Edinburgh. 910 for Glasgow.
- There are 9 forwards aged over 30 in the combined 23s while Henry Pyrgos is the only over 30 among the 20 backs listed.
- Flying winger Josh McKay is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

Edinburgh

15 Emiliano Boffelli

14 Darcy Graham
13 Mark Bennett
12 Chris Dean
11 Damien Hoyland

10 Blair Kinghorn
9 Ben Vellacott

1 Pierre Schoeman
2 David Cherry
3 WP Nel
4 Jamie Hodgson
5 Grant Gilchrist (Captain)
6 Luke Crosbie
7 Hamish Watson
8 Magnus Bradbury

Substitutes

16 Adam McBurney
17 Harrison Courtney
18 Lee Roy Atalifo
19 Marshall Sykes
20 Ben Muncaster
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Jaco van der Walt
23 James Lang

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ollie Smith

14 Josh McKay
13 Sione Tuipulotu
12 Sam Johnson
11 Rufus McLean

10 Ross Thompson
9 Ali Price

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 George Turner
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Robert Harley
5 Richie Gray
6 Ryan Wilson (Captain)
7 Tom Gordon
8 Jack Dempsey

Substitutes

16 Johnny Matthews
17 Nathan McBeth
18 Simon Berghan
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Gregor Brown
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Domingo Miotti
23 Stafford McDowall

Head to Head:
Back 3 - ADV Edinburgh
Centres - EVEN
Half Backs - ADV Glasgow Warriors
Front Row - ADV Glasgow Warriors
Second Row - ADV Edinburgh
Back Row - ADV Edinburgh
Subs - EVEN

Glasgow Greetings:
It has been more than three months since Warriors' fans last got to see the scampering feet of Rufus McLean carving up opposition. His battle with Darcy Graham should be a good one. Might we see both of these wingers in tandem for Scotland against Argentina in the summer?

Matchday Milestones:
No-one has played in more 1872 Cup matches than Robert Harley who will suit up for the 23rd, and sadly final, time. Grant Gilchrist and Ryan Wilson will both make their 20th appearances in the 1872 Cup series.

Richie Gray will start his 20th match of the 2021/22 campaign - this is just the second time in his career that he has started 20 or more club matches in a season. Jack Dempsey (21 starts) is the only other player across the Glasgow or Edinburgh squads (with a combined 96 players used) to hit this mark.

Once A Warrior:
The current blistering form of Mark Bennett would feel familiar to Glasgow fans who got to watch him tear teams apart from 13 in a black and blue jersey. They will also be familiar with the clever control (and dodgy moustache and mullet combo) applied from the bench by Henry Pyrgos.

Warrior to Watch:
Josh McKay has settled in quickly, despite not being able to make his club debut until early December. His reputation for being rapid preceded him but the Kiwi back 3 doesn't shirk the physical stuff either when he gets into close quarters action.

Josh is just one behind Kyle Steyn in the race to be Glasgow's top try scorer this season*. With at least two games to play the coaches and fans will be looking to him to provide the attacking threat out wide and add to that try rally. Any remaining fixtures will be tough battles up front though. It will be down to the Warriors' pack to provide Josh some decent possession to work from.

* if tries from mauls are excluded...

Glasgow v Edinburgh at Murrayfield in the PRO12/PRO14/URC era:
- 4 wins
- 9 losses
- 1 draw
- 4 losing BPs
- 22 points out of a possible 70 (31%)

Glasgow also won the Rainbow Cup encounter between these two sides last May - a match which featured the first ever try bonus point picked up by the Warriors against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Previous match-up away to Edinburgh:

Officials:
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU, 78th league game)
AR1: Ian Kenny (SRU)
AR2: Graeme Ormiston (SRU)
TMO: Andrew McMenemy (SRU)

Mr Brace's record for 2021/22:
Matches - 17
Average penalty count - 18.8 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage - 51.7%
Average card count - 1.1 per game
Penalties per card - 17.7

This will be the fourth time this season that Mr Brace has taken charge of a Glasgow match. He was the man in the middle for Zebre away, Exeter at home (a supply gig after the original French officilas couldn't travel) and Stormers away. He also reffed the Rainbow Cup match at Murrayfield last season between these two sides.

He is now one of the URC's most experienced referees - which can be seen in his lower penalty count. He still has some way to go to rival the league's previous generation of game managers like Nigel Owens and George Clancy who would be averaging pens in the low teens with the aim of allowing matches to 'flow'.

Additional ref stats from: https://www.cardiffrfcfans.com/analysis/referee_heads.php?countryID=3

Previous Matches with Edinburgh
Saturday May 21 2022
Edinburgh 28 11 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday March 18 2022
Glasgow Warriors 30 17 Edinburgh Match Report
Sunday January 2 2022
Edinburgh P P Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Monday December 27 2021
Glasgow Warriors P P Edinburgh Match Report
Saturday May 15 2021
Edinburgh 24 31 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 7 2021
Glasgow Warriors 29 19 Edinburgh Match Report
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