Match Preview | Edinburgh

Match Preview | Edinburgh

One of the biggest fixtures on the calendar awaits Glasgow Warriors tomorrow evening, as Danny Wilson’s men go head-to-head with cross-country rivals Edinburgh in the opening match of the 2021/22 1872 Cup.

The Warriors will be looking to kick-start the defence of the trophy they claimed in decisive fashion last season, after a comprehensive 22-7 victory over Exeter last time out.

With Edinburgh themselves having made a European statement with victory over Saracens in their last outing, though, Wilson’s squad know that they will need to be on top form as they look to claim valuable URC points over their Scottish-Italian Shield rivals.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s encounter:

Previous Encounter

Bragging rights reside in Glasgow ahead of the first clash of the 2021/22 season, after the Warriors claimed a 31-24 victory at BT Murrayfield in a highly entertaining affair back in May.

First half tries from Matt Fagerson, George Turner and Adam Hastings gave Wilson’s men a narrow 24-17 lead at the interval, with George Horne securing the try bonus-point in the second period.

11 points from the boot of Ross Thompson sealed the win for the visitors, as the Warriors made it three wins in a row over the men from the capital.

Ones to watch

In line for his first taste of an 1872 Cup clash, Argentinian full-back Emiliano Boffelli has been arguably Edinburgh’s signing of the season to date. Blessed with a cannon of a boot, the Puma has impressed with his rugby intelligence in both the URC and Challenge Cup to date, and has quickly become a key part of the Edinburgh back-line.

Boffelli’s main competition for the title of signing of the season to date comes from Ben Vellacott, with the scrum-half having swiftly endeared himself to the Edinburgh faithful. The former Gloucester man was unlucky to miss out on an inaugural Scotland call-up in the autumn, having brought a spark to the Edinburgh attack to date this season.

Up front, Jamie Hodgson will be looking to display the form that earned the second-rower a senior Scotland debut against Tonga back in October. A shrewd lineout operator, he also offers a dynamic carrying option in the loose.

Memorable Moment

It’s a fixture that always creates moments to savour, yet not always free-flowing attacking rugby. Yet the meeting between the two sides back in April 2014 is one that certainly bucked the trend, as the Warriors earned a 37-34 win at Scotstoun to seal the 1872 Cup in front of the Warrior Nation.

Tries from Pete Murchie, Ruaridh Jackson and Mark Bennett saw the home side go in with a healthy lead at the interval, the fixture having been moved from its original New Year’s Day date due to a waterlogged pitch.

Murchie’s second and a score from Rob Harley secured the points for the Warriors, despite a late Tim Visser-inspired fightback from the visitors.

Match Officials

Ben Blain will take charge of the opening match of the 2021/22 1872 Cup series, as he referees his 15th match in the URC.

Keith Allen and David Sutherland will be on the touchlines as the assistant referees, with Mike Adamson on hand if and when required as the Television Match Official.

Broadcast Information

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 tomorrow evening from 6pm, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm.

BBC Radio Scotland will also carry live commentary of the match, whilst you can follow all the action as and when it happens with our Live Match Centre at glasgowwarriors.org.

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