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Glasgow Warriors Look For Revenge In The 1872 Cup

Glasgow Warriors look to take back the 1872 Cup from Edinburgh at home this weekend.

One of the world’s greatest rugby derbies is back for their final match of the Pro 12 season. Glasgow will be looking to secure one more bright spot for Gregor Townsend before he takes over as the Scottish national coach. Glasgow has been very successful the last two years, but have not been able to win the 1872 Cup. Last year, it was an all Edinburgh affair. Both matches were played at and won by Edinburgh due to flooding in Glasgow, which made the pitch unplayable.

Glasgow is already up by 13 points in the season as they defeated Edinburgh 25-12. Last match, Edinburgh’s Duncan Weir was very successful kicking, scoring all 12 of Edinburgh’s points. Edinburgh’s inability to find the in-goal area led to their demise. Glasgow had a very productive day with three tries. This is the first year that Glasgow will be missing the playoffs in the last six. With nothing more to play for this season, the 1872 cup becomes even more important for the Warriors. Gregor Townsend expects a very lively crowd in Scotstoun  this Saturday.

“It’ll be a special occasion and for it to be the 1872 Cup just makes it even bigger. It’ll be a great week with everyone pushing for selection.”

Last week’s loss to Leinster a heartbreaking end to the Warriors’ playoff hopes.

Although chances were slim, Glasgow still had an outside opportunity to make the semi-finals. The Warriors staged an amazing comeback with two tries over six minutes to give Glasgow the lead. Joey Carbery was able to kick a successful penalty kick to give Leinster the lead with five minutes left to go and ultimately the win.

Townsend believes this will give his players motivation for the upcoming match.

“The players were really disappointed on Friday. Disappointed that they didn’t play their best and when they put so much effort in and didn’t get the win it’s tough.They will change that disappointment into desire to play really well in their last game together as a team.”

One Glasgow player received good news this week, though. Glasgow wing Leonardo Sarto, who played well against Leinster last weekend in spite of his yellow card, has been named to the squad for Italy for the summer internationals. He will get an opportunity to play against his teammates as Italy’s opening match will be against Scotland on June 9.

Edinburgh looking to build on the success against the Dragons to close their season.

Edinburgh’s match against the Dragons was a battle of their own as Edinburgh did not take the lead until the final minute of the match to win. Former Dragons player Jason Tovey was very successful against his old club as he was 100% in kicking, which proved to be vital in the close match. Edinburgh’s comeback was amazing as Edinburgh was down 20-3 with only 7 minutes remaining before Blair Kinghorn began what would prove to be a very exciting 7 minutes of rugby to reclaim a 13-point deficit and the win.

Glasgow has the edge, but do not count Edinburgh out.

Glasgow has the road win in the series already, and Scotstoun is no easy place to play. Edinburgh has had a very difficult season and are looking forward to an offseason settling in with Richard Cockrell. Edinburgh, though, has found a way to best Glasgow for the past two seasons, so do not give up hope on Edinburgh to try to make a third. This match is bound to be exciting, and should be great fun to watch.

 

Glasgow v Edinburgh 4:15PM GMT.

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