The Warriors will not leave Glasgow for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs while Edinburgh’s season – which looked so promising only a month ago – ended abruptly and with no tangible reward in the 34-10 loss at Scotstoun.
Glasgow 34 Edinburgh 10: Warriors counter-punch their way to handsome win and end Edinburgh’s season
Glasgow Warriors booked their Guinness PRO14 home semi-final and ended Edinburgh’s season with a proper “rope-a-dope” performance on the way to a handsome victory at Scotstoun.
Both Edinburgh and Glasgow have big game issues and tonight’s 1872 Cup game with play-off considerations at stake is a test for both and for Scottish rugby, believes Richard Cockerill.
Even the youngest man in the Glasgow Warriors’ squad has no qualms about poking his finger in the chest of one of his veteran team-mates if it’s required.
Stuart McInally well remembers being told at the end of the warm-up for last year’s third and final 1872 Cup game that Edinburgh were in the Guinness PRO14 play-offs, but the skipper knows it’s a different set of circumstances this time.
Edinburgh’s recent dominance over Glasgow in head-to-head clashes is starting to seriously bug the Warriors, veteran forward Rob Harley admitted.
Edinburgh won’t change the style that has brought them success even if they need to score four tries and beat Glasgow in the final 1872 Cup match at Scotstoun on Saturday.
Glasgow have to get “the ABCs” right if they are to finally best Edinburgh’s strong setpiece this season and book a return to the newly enlarged Scotstoun in the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals.
Edinburgh’s new cult hero Pierre Schoeman wants to keep grinding to maintain the club’s momentum in the four-game winning streak that has transformed their season.
Edinburgh’s front line players will get some rest after their magnificent month of wins, but Richard Cockerill believes keeping his best players playing will benefit both the club and Scotland in 2019.