Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill, as we’ve discovered multiple times during his 14-month tenure with the club, is a canny and clever operator and not just with what happens on the field.
Glasgow secured their home semi-final in the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and maintained their 100 per cent home record with a bonus point victory over Connacht at Scotstoun.
Only half the 18 players who toured with Scotland in the summer will feature in Glasgow’s opening Guinness PRO14 game at Connacht tonight, but it’s indicative of their retooled squad how strong the starting team is.
Success for Glasgow under new head coach Dave Rennie is simply winning the Guinness PRO14 – a lofty aim in the Kiwi’s first year at the helm of the Warriors but the only one his team can have, in the coach’s opinion.
Edinburgh once again fell just short with a furious comeback but plunged to an eighth successive defeat, losing to Guinness PRO12 champions Connacht at Myreside last night.
Edinburgh have rung the changes as they attempt to stop the rot and cling on their faint hopes of European Champions Cup qualification against Connacht tonight.
Glasgow are going back to where the dream of retaining their Guinness PRO12 title died with the memory of the changing room after last year’s semi-final loss the motivating factor.
It must be the year of the unlikely underdog: Connacht beating Leinster 20-10 to win the Guinness PRO12 final at BT Murrayfield is just like Leicester City winning the Premiership.
Glasgow’s reign as Guinness PRO12 champions came to an end in Galway as Connacht deservedly won a brutal contest to reach next week’s final at BT Murrayfield.
Glasgow’s greater experience of semi-finals could be crucial when the crunch comes in Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 play-off meeting with Connacht, believes Pat MacArthur.