‘1872 Cup intensity similar to Tests’ – Hardie

Date published: December 29 2015

Edinburgh flanker John Hardie is relishing the prospect of playing in Saturday's 1872 Cup return match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.

Hardie, one of Edinburgh's heroes in their 23-11 triumph over Glasgow in the first leg of the cup, was named man of the match at the end of that encounter.

The 27-year-old Scotland international said he enjoyed the intensity of the derby clash and said it was similar to what he's experienced at Test level.

"It was up there with Test match rugby, really physical,” he told the Scotsman.

"It was the most physical game I’ve played with Edinburgh and I really enjoyed it.

"They really chucked it at us in that first 15 minutes. I looked up at the scoreboard and thought there were 40 minutes gone but there were only 15, so the lungs were going."

Hardie feels it was a superb team effort which guided Edinburgh to victory and highlighted their defensive effort as one of the their strengths.

He singled out wing Tom Brown for special praise after he put in a big tackle on Taqele Naiyaravoro.

"Defence was probably the key," he added.

"They’ve got so many exciting players and they’ve got the big lock [Leone Nakarawa] who can off-load and do anything and the big boy on the wing [Naiyaravoro] as well who can off-load and do anything, but I think wee Tommy there, the wee man really put his body on the line and that’s the sort of commitment we need to win those games. 

"It was great."

Although Hardie expects a tough challenge at Sctostoun this weekend, he is confident Edinburgh can secure the cup.

"I’d back ourselves," he said.

"It’s going to be tough, They’re going to come out firing and 12 points doesn’t take much. We’ll be going out to win though. That’s the mindset we need."