Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh

Date published: December 30 2015

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Ryan Wilson will make his 100th Glasgow Warriors appearance in the second leg of the 1872 Cup with Edinburgh at a sold-out Scotstoun on Saturday.

The backrower keeps his place at blindside flanker, following Edinburgh’s 23-11 victory in the first leg at Murrayfield last Sunday.

The only change to the back three sees Sean Lamont replace Tommy Seymour on the left wing. Stuart Hogg continues at full-back and Taqele Naiyaravoro lines up on the right wing.

Mark Bennett and Peter Horne continue their centre partnership, while Duncan Weir comes in for Finn Russell at fly-half and Ali Price replaces Grayson Hart at scrum-half.

In the pack Gordon Reid starts at loose-head, with Ryan Grant named on the bench, while Fraser Brown retains his place at hooker and Zander Fagerson comes in for Sila Puafisi at tight-head.

After missing last weekend’s defeat captain Jonny Gray returns to the side and partners USA international Greg Peterson in the engine room, with Leone Nakarawa named amongst the replacements.

The only change to the backrow sees Josh Strauss return at number eight in place of Adam Ashe. Chris Fusaro continues at openside and Wilson wears the number six jersey.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “A number of players who featured last weekend have been given another opportunity and they will be determined to put in a much better performance this weekend.

“The game has been sold out for a couple of months and this is a game our supporters really look forward to.

“It will be a special day for Ryan (Wilson) who makes his 100th appearance for the club. He always gives everything for the jersey and thoroughly deserves to join our centurions club.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has made two changes to his run-on side.

Damien Hoyland comes into the starting XV on the left wing in place of Tom Brown who has picked up a shoulder injury. Meanwhile in the pack, Ben Toolis switches places with brother Alex to start at lock.

Jack Cuthbert retains the 15 jersey while Dougie Fife – who will win his 75th cap for the club on Saturday – stays on the right wing.

Michael Allen and opening try scorer against Glasgow, Matt Scott, continue their centre partnership. Stand-off Phil Burleigh and scrum half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne – who slotted three penalties and two conversions on Sunday – remain as halfback pairing.

In the pack, the front row of Rory Sutherland, Ross Ford and WP Nel is retained while Anton Bresler remains to partner Ben Toolis at lock. The team will be led out, once more, by Mike Coman at blindside, with Cornell Du Preez again at number eight and Sunday’s second try scorer John Hardie at openside.

Edinburgh, who currently hold the Cup, go into the fixture sitting in fifth place in the PRO12 table, two points above Glasgow in seventh, and with a winning margin of 12 points from the first leg.

As the club prepare to make the journey to the other end of the M8, however, Solomons is in no doubt of the task ahead on Warriors’ home turf.

“We appreciate the challenge we face this weekend and are preparing accordingly,” he said.

Form: Glasgow Warriors will need to overturn a 12 point deficit if they are to reclaim the 1872 Cup after their 11-23 defeat at Murrayfield on Sunday. The Warriors have lost just one of their last 25 home games at Scotstoun in the PRO12 – 10-16 to Scarlets in Round 1 this season. Edinburgh’s only away victory in the PRO12 this season came on their first trip, to Treviso in September, whilst they have not achieved a season’s double over their fiercest rivals since 2003/04. Edinburgh hold the 1872 Cup having themselves come back from a 10 point deficit after the first leg twelve months ago.

The teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Ali Price, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 Hugh Blake, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Peter Murchie, 23 Lee Jones.

Edinburgh: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Damien Hoyland, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 John Hardie, 6 Mike Coman (c), 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Allan Dell, 18 John Andress, 19 Alex Toolis, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Andries Strauss.

Date: Saturday, January 2
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
Kick-off: 17:15 GMT
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbons (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Graeme Wells (Scotland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)

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