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1872 Cup Leg II: The teams

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Dave Rennie will be the less happy coach after Glasgow returned home from BT Murrayfield without firing too many shots and he’s shown that with six changes to the starting XV including the return of co-skipper Ryan Wilson who didn’t feature at all last weekend.

A chest injury (or illness) to Huw Jones allows Rennie to rotate the centre group completely in an effort to find some penetration, an area where Glasgow struggled to make headway last weekend; Alex Dunbar and Pete Horne pair up while Sam Johnson makes a welcome return on the bench.

Ali Price also comes into the side, perhaps to settle Adam Hastings who will want to forget the last game, but the crazy is restored on the wing with Niko swapping in for DTH.

Glasgow: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Tommy Seymour, 13. Alex Dunbar, 12. Pete Horne, 11. Niko Matawalu, 10. Adam Hastings, 9. Ali Price; 1. Oli Kebble, 2. Grant Stewart, 3. D’Arcy Rae, 4. Tim Swinson, 5. Jonny Gray, 6. Ryan Wilson (capt), 7. Callum Gibbins (capt), 8. Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: 16. Kevin Bryce, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Siua Halanukonuka, 19. Rob Harley, 20. Chris Fusaro, 21. George Horne, 22. Sam Johnson, 23. DTH van der Merwe.

Not available due to injury: Fraser Brown (knee), Zander Fagerson (ankle), Rory Hughes (shoulder), Huw Jones (chest), Lee Jones (knee), Lelia Masaga (calf), Kiran McDonald (calf) and George Turner (ankle).

Visitors Edinburgh go into the fixture with a lead in the cup having secured league points at home, and will be quite happy to hoover up anything they can get away to Glasgow – for most other teams “anything we can get” would be the target too for a visit to Scotstoun.

With that in mind Richard Cockerill sticks with much the same side that shut Glasgow down so effectively last time. Jamie Ritchie comes in for Luke Hamilton who drops out of the 23 altogether – other than that it is the same team.

Edinburgh: 15. Blair Kinghorn, 14. Darcy Graham, 13. James Johnstone, 12. Chris Dean, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Jaco van der Walt, 9. Henry Pyrgos; 1. Pierre Schoeman, 2. Stuart McInally (capt), 3. Willem Nel, 4. Ben Toolis, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Jamie Ritchie, 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Viliame Mata.

Replacements: 16. David Cherry, 17. Allan Dell, 18. Simon Berghan, 19. Callum Hunter-Hill, 20. Luke Crosbie, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22. Simon Hickey, 23. Juan Pablo Socino.

Not available due to injury: Lewis Carmichael; John Barclay; Magnus Bradbury; Senitiki Nayalo; Matt Scott; Mark Bennett; Damien Hoyland

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

Sat 29th December, k.o 3pm, live on Premier Sports

28 Responses

  1. Teams out for tomorrow. Rennie has wielded the axe. Edinburgh pretty much as you were- Ritchie in for Hamilton.

    Rae in for The Nuke seems a good idea. Swinson if fit is best partner for Gray. Wilson needed to start after last week, Ashe was quite ineffective after a few good games.

    Price in to offer a bit more control (never thought I would be saying that!)?

    Good to see Sam Johnson on the bench. Glasgow do have incredible depth at centre. Horne and Dunbar this week. Grigg,Jones, Mcdowall not in squad. What is best combo? Horne and a.n other?

    Nico in for the x-factor.

    Looking forward to it- should be a good day out at Scotstoun, as always.

    1. The good thing Niko has been doing is the hard graft alot of wingers including him dont usually do in recent times, he is getting stuck in at rucks and pilfering etc, added to his X-factor to me is the first choice thing currently in that glasgow side, Nairn/DTH/Seymour/Jones & Hughes battling it out for the other spot imo.

  2. Looking at this lineup I’ve come to realise just how much of a core Glasgow have retained in their squad.

    Swinson (117) Gray (96) Wilson (147) Matawalu (104) Horne (150) Dunbar (117) Seymour (124) Hogg (112) Harley (197) Fusaro (154) DTH (110)

    All these players been at the club since 2012 and have 1428 caps between them

  3. The opportunity is tackling Edinburgh to a standstill,run whatever they kick at us .Front of line out throws only this hooker has the hand eye co-ordination of Forrest Gump. Edinburgh much too flat in defence.Catch them off if you can.Scrum carnage is e

    I see clowncy is in charge so forget the rule book and put on the beer goggles.

  4. It’s just like watching Ireland v Scotland or England v Scotland. Glasgow handicapped by a scrum and line out that can’t compete. Backline needing to force things. May come through, but this is why you need a scrum.

  5. A yellow could change this game.Edinburgh should be miles ahead by now.What is stopping them? They must be kicking themselves.Time for cool headed wartiors to step up.

  6. A beasting of the Glasgow pack at their home ground. Based on performances at the two 1872 fixtures difficult to argue against the Edinburgh pack being selected en masse. One team had the gameplan and performance to win; the other owe their fans a grovelling apology for yet another poor performance in a clutch game.
    The pendulum of being top dog is swinging inexorably eastwards.

    1. If that means selecting Dell (who obviously didn’t feature) not selecting Gray and trying to pick Mata, pretty easy to argue against!

      1. I’d be willing to make a case for picking Toolis and Gilchrist over Grey on current form.

        Toolis is the best linout operator in Scotland and Gilchrist is more dominant at the breakdown and actually breaks a tackle sometimes.

    2. Glasgow at least came with their handbags fully prepared.

      Shame their forwards got thrashed at everything that counts.

  7. Well, that was disappointing (unless you’re an Edinburgh fan, obviously). Lots to talk about, but once again Edinburgh won because they played better. Yes, Glasgow could point to the absences of Brown and Turner, but even with those two improving the set piece, I think Edinburgh still would have won. They had more intensity and accuracy, and a simplicity and effectiveness to their gameplan. Their pack outplayed ours and their halfbacks exerted greater control, and that was the game. Especially when Glasgow consistently kept making poor decisions around stuff like the set piece (how many lineouts did we lose?!). Hopefully this isn’t the start of the decline like last season…

  8. As a neutral, team with far better pack and solid in everything else wins game of rugby is hardly man bites dog.

  9. Edinburgh just look far better coached/managed and not just today. I won’t go so far as to say Rennie is a conman, but Cockerill has shown what a superb general he is in his 1.5 years there. Can’t think of a single player that hasn’t improved in that time (apart from father time cases like Ford) and it’s a team that went from years of being (far) less than the sum of its parts to a team that is greater than sum of parts.

  10. Glasgow desperately need to sign a hooker in the short term until Brown and Turner return, nothing against Stewart but he is just to raw at this stage. with 2 key European games coming up i would be looking to sign a super rugby prop until there season starts back up.

    Malcolm Marx ? splash out the cash.
    Once Zander Fagerson is back it will help alot also.

    Apart from that the only long term issue which has remained the same for the last 2-3 years is a serious ball carrier, it is showing against the strongest defensive teams and Glasgow wont win trophies until that is fixed most likely.

    We had Leone Nakarawa, we need someone similar.

  11. The Cheil’s comment about forwards winning matches is bang on. This is not news to anyone. Glasgow need to find a dominant pack who can at least execute on their own set plays. Otherwise teams who have a decent defence in the backs will beat them easily. Cockerill has clearly worked that out and both Munster and Saracens will be lapping up today’s replays.

    Met Humphreys on a couple of occasions back when he was a player and really didn’t like the man, so this may be colouring my view but can’t help feeling he oversaw the same inconsistent forward play with Scotland. More than happy for him to go to Wales!

    Finally, can we put to bed any more thoughts of Clancy having a bias against Scottish teams. He’s just a bit rubbish and inconsistent!

  12. Glasgow did not look like the side that is topping the conference. Edinburgh should have been well away in both games, they were never in danger of losing , but never looked like rampant, giant slayers. Are we ready for the 6N ?

    1. It’s notable that Edinburgh only managed to score tries against 14 men, and that last round they only scored from interceptions rather than their own creativity. That might work against and malfunctioning (albeit defensively sound) Warriors, but it’s unlikely to work against the big teams. They’ve got a good back line now; they should be scoring far more tries.

  13. Musings

    Edinburgh very very well coached and carried out clever game plan very professionally. Matt Scott could well really enhance attacking options upon his return.

    Glasgow simply lacked the wherewithal to create opportunities.

    Pity Schoeman isn’t SQ right now, dominant performance in the scrum and in the loose.

    Poor old Alex Dunbar, showed his quality with a couple of turnovers, but flat footed on occasion and unfortunately injured again, hope he’s not “broken”

    Far too many unforced errors from Glasgow, scrum struggled, line out poor. REALLY miss Fraser Brown

    Hastings really struggled again, slow ball & well coached Edinburgh defense but…………..

    Nice to see Sam Johnson back, couple of moments of quality from him, a nice run of games may see him in the 23 v Italy.

    1. Hastings really struggled again, slow ball & well coached Edinburgh defense but………….. showing why he never really made it at Bath

      1. It shows nothing of the sort.

        It shows like every other 10 out their he struggles behind a rubbish pack churning back poor ball.

  14. This could be a key result for Edinburgh. The conference is very tight, plus Leinster, and the upcoming run of games is reasonably favourable. Possibly clinch games away to Benetton and home to Ulster before end of season. If we can consolidate on last season’s vast improvement and qualify for playoffs and Europe I will be very happy.

    1. Edinburgh did need the points. to have a chance of play offs.Still possible to have 2 sides in the finals.

  15. Some of the Warrior nation reportedly showed their ‘appreciation’ at no-side by booing.
    If it was aimed at the Edinburgh team then Cockerill and co. should regard it as a badge of honour having imposed their skill set and game plan to achieve the necessary outcome, a win.
    The officials dont seem to have affected the outcome so can’t imagine the boos were aimed at them.
    If the catcalls were aimed at the home side then Rennie et al need a serious reaction over the next few games.

    It would be excellent if there was all to play for, for both teams, in the dead 1872 Cup fixture on 26th April.

    1. Those are the Warrior nation for 2018 but cock(ers) nation in 2019.

      When the greatest Showman heads for Exeter, they are likely to be seeking a new home.

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