Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors

Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors

Get the latest ahead of Friday night's (18 March, kick-off 7.35pm) 1872 Cup first leg against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun with this week's Match Preview.

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The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 6.30pm ahead of a 7.35pm kick-off, and broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


Referee: Hollie Davidson (SRU, 4th competition game)

Assistant: Keith Allen, Ian Kenny (both SRU)

TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)


Edinburgh make three changes as centre Matt Currie, stand-off Jaco van der Walt and loosehead prop Harrison Courtney come into the side that claimed a bonus-point win against Connacht a fortnight ago.

The capital side will also be able to call on experience from the bench, with Jamie Hodgson, Magnus Bradbury and Ben Vellacott all released from Scotland camp, while tighthead prop Luan de Bruin returns from injury and could make his first appearance since January.


Played 42, Glasgow won 22, Edinburgh won 19 with 1 match drawn.


The history of meetings between Glasgow and Edinburgh shows how close their rivalry is.

Glasgow lead the overall series 22-19 on victories, with one draw, while the teams are currently level on 39 points in the United Rugby Championship.

Glasgow's five-game winning run in the competition came to a halt with defeat against the Scarlets earlier this month but they have only suffered one home defeat in the tournament during the past 12 months.

Edinburgh have lost their last three URC away matches and have not been defeated four times on the bounce since 2018.

With December’s traditional fixtures postponed due to Covid-19, this weekend’s rescheduled clash is the first of two fixtures between the two cities, with the second and all-important derby scheduled at BT Murrayfield for the final weekend of the regular URC season (w/o 21 May).

Intercity bragging rights and crucial URC points are up for grabs this Friday night – with each side currently level on 39 points – while with aggregate format returning for this season’s derbies, the winner of the famous trophy will be determined by points over the two legs.


DateVenueGEGlasgow scorersEdinburgh scorers
Sat 22 Aug 20BT Murrayfield1530Pete Horne(T) Adam Hastings(T/C/P)
Jaco van der Walt(3C/3P) Nic Groom(2T) Charlie Shiel(T)
Fri 28 Aug 20BT Murrayfield
153Adam Hastings(C/P) Ratu Tagive(T) Fraser Brown(T)
Nathan Chamberlain(P)
Sat 2 Jan 21BT Murrayfield
710Lewis Bean(T) Ross Thompson(C)
Jaco van der Walt(C/P) Magnus Bradbury(T)
Sat 16 Jan 21Scotstoun Stadium2322George Turner(T) Matt Fagerson(T) Ross Thompson(2C/3P)
Chris Dean(T) Jaco van der Walt(C/P) Mark Bennett(C) Jamie Farndale(T) Eroni Sau(T)
Fri 7 May 21Scotstoun Stadium (RC)
2919Kyle Steyn(T) Cole Forbes(T) Fotu Lokotui(T) Fraser Brown(T) Ross Thompson(3C/P)
Stuart McInally(T) Pierre Schoeman(T) Nathan Chamberlain(2C) Dave Cherry(T)
Sat 15 May 21BT Murrayfield (RC)3124Adam Hastings(T) George Turner(T) Matt Fagerson(T) George Horne(T) Ross Thompson(4C/P)Mike Willemse(T) Chris Dean(T) Blair Kinghorn(3C/P) Shiel (T)


Last 3 URC Results:11 Feb -Munster (H) W 13-11
11 Feb -Leinster (A) L 7-26
19 Feb -Benetton (H) W 13-3
18 Feb -Munster (A) L 20-34
5 Mar -Scarlets (A) L 10-35
4 Mar -Connacht (H) W 56-8
URC 2021/224th -W8 D0 L4 -39pts
5th -W7 D1 L4-39pts
URC FormWWwWWl (23pts)
WWlllW (16pts)
Top try scorer4 -Jonny Matthews, Sione Tuipulotu, Jack Dempsey
5 -Emiliano Boffelli, Ben Vellacott, Ramiro Moyano Joya
Top points scorer59 -Ross Thompson
60 -Emiliano Boffelli


Glasgow Warriors five game winning run in the United Rugby Championship ended with their 10-35 defeat at Scarlets on 5 March.

The Warriors have lost only once at Scotstoun in the United Rugby Championship in the last twelve months: 15-31 to Leinster on 22 October

Edinburgh’s three game losing run in the United Rugby Championship ended with their 56-8 victory over Connacht at the DAM Health Stadium on 4 March.

Edinburgh have lost their last three away games in the United Rugby Championship and have not lost four in succession on their travels since 2018.

The Warriors have won their last three fixtures against their oldest rivals and have not won four in succession against Edinburgh since 2014.

Edinburgh have visited Scotstoun on ten previous occasions winning just twice, in May 2017 and December 2018.

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