Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh. The 1872 Cup. A fixture steeped in history and a fierce rivalry and it is a match both sides will be more than determined to win.
Glasgow Warriors will be looking to get back on track after agonizing losses in Europe over the past couple of weeks, and with a strong home record this season they will hope to push on for a win.
Edinburgh have so far had a disappointing season but with players of the calibre of Laidlaw, Visser and Jones to call on in the backs at least they have a wealth of talent to challenge any team that allows them a foothold in the game.
The Warriors’ main strength lies in their pack, and boosted by captain Kellock re-signing for them, they will look to stamp their authority on the match. Fusaro, Kellock, Low and Grant are all players that can cause opposition forwards trouble, and if Glasgow get a stranglehold on the game up front then their opponents will struggle.
With the likes of DTH Van der Merwe and Lamont in their backline, they should be able to use the ball their forwards will supply to really pressurise Edinburgh.
Their visitors will have to really improve on recent performances for Friday’s match if they are to compete effectively. As a derby, it always has an added spice and intensity that can cause shock performances and if Ford, Grant and Denton can get on the front foot in Edinburgh’s pack, they could stun Glasgow and help release their very dangerous backline.
Pride, passion and aggression will win the day for either side. Edinburgh have flattered to deceive for most of the season so far, and will be looking to finally put in a performance to reward their fans. Glasgow Warriors have been steady and solid, yet have fallen crucially short in a handful of matches this season. They need to build on their solid platform and push on to the next level.
The Glasgow faithful at Scotstoun Stadium will be hoping Friday night is the night they finally do it, yet if Edinburgh manage to front up, they have the potential on the field to cause their old rivals big problems.
Referee: Jerome Garces, FFR
Glasgow Warriors: Peter Murchie, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Peter Horne, DTH Van der Merwe, Ruaridh Jackson, Niko Matawalu, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro, Rob Harley, Tim Swinson, Al Kellock (Captain), Moray Low, Pat MacArthur, Ryan Grant
Replacements: Dougie Hall, Gordon Reid, German Araoz, Jonny Gray, James Eddie, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Stuart Hogg.
Edinburgh: Greig Tonks, Lee Jones, James King, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Piers Francis, Greig Laidlaw, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Izak van der Westhuizen, David Denton, Roddy Grant, Stuart McInally.
Replacements: Andy Titterrell, John Yapp, Geoff Cross, Sean Cox, Netani Talei, Richie Rees, Ben Atiga, Dougie Fife.