Bennett revved up for 1872 Cup

Mark Bennett

Glasgow Warriors host Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday in the second leg of the 1872 Cup, after the original fixture was postponed on New Year's Day because of a waterlogged pitch.Mark Bennett racing Clyde the mascot

Centre Mark Bennett has today been named in the starting line-up on Saturday and says he is excited about the prospect of playing in his first senior derby.

Speaking exclusively to glasgowwarriors.org at a media event at Scotkart to promote the game, he said: “It will be the first time I’ve played in the 1872 Cup.

I’m really excited about the Edinburgh game, it’s a match I’ve watched for years as a kid growing up and there’s a lot of passion on the pitch and in the crowd.

“The atmosphere is always outstanding, so it’s something I’m really looking forward to experiencing."

The Warriors know that a win will move them up from fourth to second place in the RaboDirect PRO12, but Bennett says there is no room for complacency, despite Gregor Townsend's side having won their last five games.

He added: “The main focus is on getting the points. It is a big game and it’s a derby but first and foremost we need to win this game to move up the league, so that’s all we’re focusing on.
Mark Bennett races the Glasgow and Edinburgh mascots at Scotkart
“I would say form goes out the window because you never know what is going to happen on derby day. Edinburgh are going to be up for it just as much as we are so we’re going to need to perform if we want to get the result we’re looking for.

“There is expectation and there’s pressure but that’s the same for every game. It doesn’t change just because it’s a derby.

"We need to keep our winning streak going if we want to get to where we need to be in the league and it just so happens that it’s Edinburgh this week."

The capacity of Scotstoun has been increased to around 10,000 for the remainder of the season and tickets for Saturday's game are available from glasgowwarriors.org or by phoning the ticket office on 0844 800 3490 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
 
The ticket office at Scotstoun will be open on Saturday from 10.30am and tickets will be available right up until kick-off (subject to availability).