Storylines: Glasgow Warriors

Storylines: Glasgow Warriors

The 1872 Cup is on the line this evening as Edinburgh Rugby travel to face Glasgow Warriors in the derby decider.

These are the storylines to look out for as we approach the 8.15pm kick-off at Scotstoun Stadium.

1872 Cup on the line

To quote ABBA: 'the winner takes it all' as Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors once again lock horns this evening.

With the series tied one-a-piece following respective home victories in the festive derbies, a win - no matter the margin - will see the victor lift the famous trophy come 80 minutes.

Edinburgh - who have claimed bragging rights the last three years - will retain the trophy if the game is drawn, but will no doubt be going all out to steal a victory on Glaswegian soil.

Rambo returns

Edinburgh were handed a major boost this week as club co-captain and Scotland international Stuart McInally returned from injury to be named among the replacements.

The hooker has been out since January with a neck injury, but having returning to full training last week, McInally will be eager to get back in the mix this evening.

The hooker grabbed a try in the capital side's last victory at Scotstoun - 8-16 in December 2018 - and should make an instant impact if called upon this evening.

Lions on show

There will be three British & Irish Lions on show this evening with Duhan van der Merwe lining up for Edinburgh and Ali Price and Zander Fagerson selected by Glasgow Warriors.

Van der Merwe has often saved his best for the intercity derbies, with a brace of intercepted tries against the Warriors in December 2018 a major highlight on the winger's ever-growing showreel.

Van der Merwe will be desperate to impress the Lions selectors with another strong derby display this evening.

Henry hits 50

Experienced scrum-half Henry Pyrgos will make his 50th appearance for the club this evening and what better side to do it against than your former team in an 1872 Cup decider.

The ever-dependable scrum-half has been solid as rock since making the move along the M8 in 2018 and will once again play a vital support role this evening with 21-year-old stand-off Nathan Chamberlain starting outside him.

Pyrgos grabbed an important try in the home victory over Warriors in December 2019 and how he'd enjoy grabbing another on tonight's landmark appearance.

Young half-backs at the ready

Edinburgh have plenty of options ready and waiting on the bench this evening, but Edinburgh supporters will no doubt be eager to see Charlie Shiel and Charlie Savala in action if the half-back duo are called upon.

The pair started together in the Guinness PRO14 match-up with Cardiff Blues earlier this season and looked lightning quick from the get-go - with another fast track pitch at Scotstoun perfect for their up-tempo running game.

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