The cavalry rumbled in to Port Elizabeth on Wednesday afternoon allowing Richard Cockerill considerably more leeway than he expected when picking his side to keep Edinburgh’s outstanding run going against the Kings.
It definitely wasn’t pretty – possibly the ugliest game at Scotstoun since Glasgow moved there – but the Warriors hung on in the difficult conditions for crucial Guinness PRO14 victory over the Ospreys.
Glasgow may have been shorn of their international contingent, have three key non-Scottsih qualified men out injured, and be without head coach Dave Rennie attending his son’s wedding but that’s no excuse for any drop in standards tonight against the Ospreys.
All is so rosy in the garden at Edinburgh right now that ever-combative head coach Richard Cockerill was even seen grinning at the touchline at the end of Saturday night’s comprehensive 36-0 win over the Southern Kings.
Club captain Fraser McKenzie is “a really, really good” figure to bring back in the Edinburgh team as head coach Richard Cockerill has to rest frontline players for tonight’s meeting with the Southern Kings.
Glasgow have stuck to the plan despite their 1872 Cup reverses and will give opportunities to all this week in Italy as they seek to build for two crucial European dates.
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 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 23 Glasgow Warriors 7: Edinburgh take Christmas gifts to secure another deserved 1872 Cup win
Opportunistic Edinburgh scored their two tries on Duhan van der Merwe interceptions but wholly deserved another 1872 Cup win over their rivals Glasgow at Murrayfield.
Running out to see both tiers of the East Stand at BT Murrayfield packed out is the big inspiration for Edinburgh to retain the 1872 Cup, not the “bragging rights” that rarely get bragged about, says Stuart McInally.