There’s a more than a bit of Cupar in the Glasgow Warriors side tonight in Limerick as they aim to cement their position at the top of their conference in the Guinness PRO14.
Edinburgh’s huge improvement under Richard Cockerill has a downside – Scotland’s new demands on his personnel.
Leaving the stadium of the University in Port Elizabeth that bears Nelson Mandela’s name, it seems the Glasgow Warriors were taking in a dose of the great man’s famous humility.
Glasgow want to see Brian Alainu’uese back making an impact on the field before they make him a new contract offer, but in the meantime he’s got the right to secure his own future, says head coach Dave Rennie.
Richard Cockerill says his Edinburgh team are going to Leinster to upset the double champions despite leaving out some of his biggest regulars from the travelling squad.
Glasgow’s ruthless maturity brought a half-century of points at altitude, but the longer-term issue might be the serious-looking injury sustained by Zander Fagerson in Bloemfontein.
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.
Ali Price is “in great nick, really fit and really lean” as he attempts to put a poor 2018 behind him returning to the Glasgow Warriors starting lineup in Bloemfontein.
Edinburgh duly got their first win of the Guinness PRO14 season but made heavy weather of subduing Connacht at a damp Murrayfield and were left hanging on for the victory after dominating for an hour.
Jamie Ritchie has soaked up knowledge and advice from Hamish Watson since he debuted for Edinburgh at just 18, but the Dundee-born flanker is giving the master some tips.