Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors

Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors

After nearly six months, Guinness PRO14 rugby returns to the capital with a bang as we face Glasgow Warriors in the third and deciding leg of the 1872 Cup. Get the inside line with this week's game preview.

HOW TO WATCH

The game is behind closed doors, but supporters can watch live on Premier Sports 1 (Saturday 22 August, 5.15pm) or listen on BBC Radio Scotland. Alternatively, you can follow minute-by-minute action via the club's Live Match centre.


CURRENT STANDINGS

Edinburgh currently sit top of Guinness PRO14 Conference B, two points clear of second place Munster. A single point will be enough to seal a Semi-Final spot and two wins probably sufficient for a home Semi-Final, depending on Munster's results.

Glasgow Warriors sit third in Conference A on 34 points and cannot afford to drop a single point if they are to make a push for the play-offs.

LAST TIME OUT

It may feel like a lifetime ago, but the last meeting between the two sides - 28 December, 2019 - turned out to be an 1872 Cup cracker. With a brace from Darcy Graham, the capital side stormed to 29-19 bonus-point win - tying the series 1-1. A lot has changed since then, but supporters will be hoping for a repeat of December's classic.

FORM GUIDE

Edinburgh have won every Guinness PRO14 fixture since defeating Glasgow Warriors 29-19 in the second leg of the 1872 Cup in December 2019. Those victories included home victories over Southern Kings, Connacht and Cardiff Blues and an away win at Scarlets.

Glasgow have enjoyed some home comforts this season - with big wins over Zebre and Dragons - but their last PRO14 fixture saw them go down away to Leinster 55-19.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

George Horne - The Scotland international scrum-half is the Warriors' top try scorer in the PRO14 this season having crossed the whitewash seven times. A constant threat in attack with a massive engine.

Fraser Brown - The Scotland cap was this week named Glasgow Warriors co-captain and has been an impressive performer in the Scotstoun side's front-row. An intriguing battle with Stuart McInally awaits.

Rufus McLean - The Scotland U20 playmaker signed his first pro deal this summer and will be looking to make an impact if selected. He could be the player fill the Warriors No. 15 spot.


KEY STATS

Glasgow Warriors were defeated 19-55 in their most recent Guinness PRO14 fixture against table topping Leinster at the RDS Arena on 28 February - their first defeat in any competition since Christmas.

The Warriors only victory at BT Murrayfield on their last eight visits was 25-12 on Boxing Day 2016.

Edinburgh Rugby have been defeated just once in the last eight rounds of the Guinness PRO14: 16-20 to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on 21 December.

Edinburgh have won their last five Championship encounters and have won six in succession just once since 2009.

The two famous old rivals have already met twice this season with each side winning its respective home game.

Since Richard Cockerill took over as head coach Edinburgh’s record against Glasgow is won five lost three.

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