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Saturday 2nd January 17:15 GMT

 

The reigning Guinness PRO12 Champions, the Glasgow Warriors host the return fixture against their Scottish rivals in this season's tournament at the Scotstoun on Saturday. Last weekend saw the Edinburgh side claim the bragging rights if only temporarily, by winning in front of a record crowd of over 23,000 by 23-11.

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The Warriors made a slow start in defence of their title, as they struggled to come to terms with the absence of many of their starting XV on World Cup duties, and last week's defeat saw them slip to seventh position in the RaboDirect PRO12 table. However, they will hope to climb back above their Scottish rivals at the very least on Saturday, as they bid to extend a winning record at the Scotstoun in the PRO12 that has seen them beaten just once in the last 25 games that they have played at the venue. That defeat was by 10-16 against the Scarlets in Round 1 of this season's competition, when both sides were missing most of their first choice squads.

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Edinburgh have won six of their ten PRO12 matches this season, and are in fifth position in the table. However, they will need to improve their away form if they wish to make a genuine challenge for a play-off place come the end of the season. Their only away win to date, came back in September, when they travelled to Italy and defeated Benetton Treviso, who have lost every fixture, both home and away, that they have played in all tournaments this season.

Posted: 27th December 2014

 

If results were purely about form, their would little reason for Edinburgh to turn up at the Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday to face their great rivals Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12 tournament. The Warriors are on a sensational run at the venue, that has seen them record 13 successive wins, since they were beaten by the Newport Gwent Dragons back in November 2013.

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Just one loss in their last four games in the competition, has seen the Warriors climb back to second place in the table, where they are just a point adrift of the leaders, the Ospreys. That solitary recent defeat came at the Scarlets by 9-19 in Round 8. If Edinburgh are to hope to win the 1872 Cup, that the rivals play for, for the first time since the Warriors secured it back in 2009-10, they will have improve of their form against the Warriors that has seen them win just one of the last 10 games between the two sides.

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That win came back January 2011, at Murrayfield Stadium, when the hosts won 28-17. However, the side from the capital, have managed to win three games in succession in all tournaments, and on Saturday will be seeking a fourth success for the first time in five years.

Posted: 26th April 2014

 

Scotlands two professional clubs met on Saturday, in a clash that is of the utmost importance to one, while to the other side, the only carrot on offer will be to dent the aspirations of their close rivals. Glasgow Warriors emphatic victory against Ulster last week end, has kept them in the mix for a play off place in this season’s RaboDirect PRO12 tournament. They still sit in fourth position, but are sat handily behind the second and third place sides, Munster and Ulster, and with their game in hand, will hold out hope that they might yet finish second, and secure the prize of a home semi final.

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Edinburgh’s disappointing season continued last weekend, when they traveled to Italy to take on the Italians from Parma, Zebre. The Scots knew that a win was vital if they wished to keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next season’s European Cup. A 26-13 defeat severely dented the Scottish side’s hopes of finishing seventh and qualifying for Europe, although mathematically they could still overhaul the Scarlets who look like the favorites to fill the final berth for the European Cup.

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Although the Warriors are searching for a stop two finish, they are also looking over their shoulder, as the Ospreys continue to hunt for a play-off position themselves, and are currently just four points behind the Scots. An Edinburgh win would certainly deal a huge blow to Glasgow’s hopes, and it is this rivalry which might just drive the team from the capital to overturn the formbook this weekend.

Posted: 1st January 2014

Glasgow Warrior's victory at Murrayfield Stadium on Boxing Day, combined with other results, saw them climb to fourth spot in the RaboDirect PRO12 table, and back into the play-off positions, while Edinburgh now find themselves in seventh position in the competition.

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The Warriors victory in the reverse fixture of this Scottish double header has continued an astonishing run that has seen the last seven games that that they have played in the RaboDirect PRO12, all being won by the team playing away from home. If the Glasgow Warriors recent home form at the Scotstoun is anything to go by, then we should see an Edinburgh victory on New Year's Day. As Glasgow have lost their last three fixtures at their home stadium in all tournaments. Their last time that their supporters saw them record a home victory was when they defeated the Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Cup in late October.

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However, Edinburgh have not fared well against their Scottish rivals in recent times, having won just a single victory since 2008, which was a 28-17 success at Murray field in January 2011. While they haven't beaten Glasgow away from home, since they were victorious at Hughenden on 27 December 2003 by 25-16.

Posted: 21st December 2012

On Friday, the 21st of December, the RaboDirect Pro12 competition will be in Glasgow to watch Glasgow and Edinburgh compete at 19:35 local time and GMT. Glasgow Warriors is the fifth ranked team in the RaboDirect table right now. They have ten games behind them already; as do all of the other teams on the table, and out of those ten Glasgow have been able to win six. As for wins, that puts them at the same number of them as Munster in fourth place and the Ospreys in sixth, but because of bonus points they have fifth and 28 points.

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As for Edinburgh, they are in seventh place on the table right now with ten games played. They have been able to win four of those games, and have 21 points. Benetton Treviso also has four wins but just 19 points.


Tags: Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh, RaboDirect Pro12, Murrayfield Stadium
Posted: 2nd January 2016


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