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.
Glasgow Warriors have to ensure that Saturday’s second successive defeat to Edinburgh doesn’t become the same sort of season-defining reverse as last year’s Heineken Cup loss to Leinster.
Edinburgh retained the 1872 Cup with only their second win in Glasgow in 15 years after a wholly deserved victory over their inter-city rivals at Scotstoun.
Edinburgh aren’t going to stun anyone with their gameplan to complete a festive double over Glasgow at Scotstoun; more of the same, with even more physicality.
Glasgow have brought back the old hands in Ryan Wilson and Alex Dunbar to try and level up the 1872 Cup series at Scotstoun with Dave Rennie promising “the detail” missing at Murrayfield will return.
It’s a complete role reversal, and it seems distinctly odd.
Frustrating Glasgow is the way to dominate them, believes Hamish Watson, as Edinburgh intend a repeat dose at Scotstoun to follow their 23-7 win at BT Murrayfield last week.
Glasgow Warriors fans got a welcome Christmas present to at least partially make up for the 1872 Cup loss at Murrayfield with the news that Scotland centre Huw Jones has agreed a two-year deal to stay with the club.
Richard Cockerill still won’t relinquish tag of underdogs going into the second game of the 1872 Cup despite Edinburgh’s reasonably comprehensive win in Saturday night’s opener and the growing evidence that they have the number of the Glasgow Warriors.