Scotland’s most-capped rugby player Ross Ford has hung up his boots and will take on a role developing the next generation of young players from his native Border country.
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.
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.
Second season syndrome was almost assured for Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh. It was almost impossible to avoid.
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 7 Ulster 29: Edinburgh up against it in PRO14 play-off chase after Ulster outclass them at Murrayfield
Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO14 play-off hopes took a potentially fatal blow as they were outclassed by a determined Ulster side transformed from the error-prone outfit thrashed a week ago against Glasgow.
Edinburgh are in the happy position of putting out their strongest team every week as they make a last-gasp run for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and feel they can beat the best team of anyone left in the competition.