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Weekend Pro Teams

Pat MacArthur - pic © Al Ross
Pat MacArthur - pic © Al Ross

Here are the teams for the weekend’s Pro12 matches, in which they both take on Welsh opposition.

Edinburgh play Cardiff at Myreside tonight, live on BBC Scotland. The capital men have had a big week with the signing of Richard Cockerill, and they have also signed Hawick and Scotland U20 wing/fullback Darcy Graham on a two-year deal until 2019.

Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, Glenn Bryce, Chris Dean, Rory Scholes, Jason Tovey, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Jack Cosgrove, Neil Cochrane (captain), Murray McCallum, Fraser McKenzie, Ben Toolis, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Cornell Du Preez

Replacements: George Turner, Derrick Appiah, Kevin Bryce, Grant Gilchrist, Lewis Carmichael, Nathan Fowles, Junior Rasolea, Michael Allen

Not available due to injury: Tom Brown (concussion), Phil Burleigh (hand), Alasdair Dickinson (foot), Viliami Fihaki (hand), Will Helu (hand), Nasi Manu (shoulder), Viliame Mata (knee), Stuart McInally (leg), WP Nel (neck), Alex Northam (Achilles), Rory Sutherland (groin), Kyle Whyte (knee)

Glasgow play the Ospreys in Swansea on Sunday, live on BBC Alba (k.o 1.05pm)

The pen has been active again this week, with tight-head prop D’arcy Rae signing a new contract and loose-head Jamie Bhatti agreeing his first professional contract from next season.

Bhatti is handed his first start and Pat MacArthur is in line to make his 150th appearance for the club, becoming only the eighth player to reach that landmark.

Matt Smith will make his Glasgow Warriors debut against the Ospreys on Sunday, while Ratu Tagive could also feature for the first time off the bench.

Glasgow: 15. Peter Murchie, 14. Junior Bulumakau, 13. Nick Grigg, 12. Peter Horne (capt), 11. Rory Hughes, 10. Brandon Thomson; 9. Grayson Hart, 1. Jamie Bhatti, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Sila Puafisi, 4. Brian Alainu’uese, 5. Scott Cummings, 6. Rob Harley, 7. Matt Smith, 8. Lewis Wynne

Replacements: 16. Pat MacArthur, 17. Alex Allan, 18. D’arcy Rae, 19. Tjiuee Uanivi, 20. Chris Fusaro, 21. Nemia Kenatale, 22. Richie Vernon, 23. Ratu Tagive

Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (head), Lee Jones (head), Sam Johnson (ankle), Sean Lamont (leg), James Malcom (ankle), Greg Peterson (shoulder) and Leonardo Sarto (shoulder).

You can discuss the games in here too in the event of match reports being delayed.

8 Responses

  1. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow have to improve significantly in terms of defence this week. Edinburgh have looked incredibly naive when defending out wide in the last 2 games, and it cost them heavily. This was a real surprise to me as they seemed to be defending well, and hadn’t lost that many players for the 6N from the backs.

    Glasgow this year don’t seem to have the same vibrancy when missing Scotland call ups. It will be a tough game against the Ospreys, but they still have a decent pack. The trick is to get more penetration than they did last week against a very determined Ulster side.

  2. Can someone advise if the Edinburgh v Munster and Edinburgh v Blues fixtures this season are just a coincidence or has someone within the Pro 12 made a conscious attempt to link with the international matches the following day? Remind me of the past when Scottish clubs had traditional cross-border matches, albeit friendlies.
    Have there been previous linked matches? What are peoples views on whether they would welcome further initiatives?

  3. End of the season can’t come soon enough for Edinburgh. Just gave up 60mins in with a BP win on the cards. Cockerill is going to tear into this squad.

  4. Some quite horrendous kicking (both from hand & from the T) cost Edinburgh. I refuse to believe that replacing 7 of the players on show tonight with the best of the U20 guys would weaken the team.

    1. Hodge was reported as being disappointed he didn’t get the head coach job. As a serial failure across a number of coaching roles he is lucky to have a job at all. He is, if anything, a downgrade on his predecessor.

  5. I’m afraid Edinburgh, like Glasgow and the national side both recently, once again forgot there is a way of scoring called a drop-goal if they a) get into the right position and b) have someone willing and able to attempt one.
    Can’t wait for Cockerill to start. Meanwhile, Hodge and team absolutely have to focus on how to find a way to beat La Rochelle in the Challenge QF. Bolstered by returning internationals, and with the excellent win at Quins in mind, Embra can I think do that – possibly.

  6. Edinburgh certainly and at times Glasgow too, cannot seem to grasp the simple idea that if a particular tactic fails twice, i.e. speculative kicks that are easily gathered by the opposition, then it must not be repeated. A team which cannot vary its plays is going nowhere.

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