1872 Cup: Flashback to last season’s matches

On Saturday Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors meet in the first of two Guinness PRO14 derbies while they will also play at the end of the regular season.

 Last year Edinburgh won the 1872 Cup 2-1 overall, but with both sides in great form off the back of a good fortnight in the Heineken Champions Cup this season looks too close to call.


 Ahead of Saturday evening’s meeting at BT Murrayfield let’s take a look back and refresh our memories on the 2017/18 meetings…

Edinburgh Rugby 18 Glasgow Warriors 17

BT Murrayfield, December 23 2017

Attendance: 23,833

Chris Dean’s late try saw 14-man Edinburgh win in dramatic circumstances in the first game.

The Warriors went into the encounter with a perfect 10 wins from 10 in the PRO14, and it looked like it might become 11.

Huw Jones crashed over in only the second minute for the opening try, Pete Horne adding the conversion, and things got even worse for the hosts.

Simon Berghan was red carded just minutes later.

The hosts could have folded, but that is not what Richard Cockerill’s teams are all about.

And in the 18th minute they made things 7-3 with a Sam Hidalgo-Clyne penalty to give themselves something to build on going into the second half.

In the first part of the second half Pete Horne kicked one penalty and Hidalgo-Clyne one to leave things at 10-6.

The second Warriors try through Scott Cummings, converted by Finn Russell, could have knocked the stuffing out of Edinburgh, but they roared back.

And from 17-6 down they triumphed 18-17 thanks to two tries from Nathan Fowles and Chris Dean with Jaco van der Walt converting the former in a famous win.

Glasgow Warriors 17 Edinburgh Rugby 0

Scotstoun, December 30 2017

Attendance: 7,351

Glasgow turned things on after the break to win this one 17-0 to end 2017 on a high.

In a match which saw the stadium evacuated at the end of the first half after a fire alarm, David Rennie’s side took the lead after six minutes through a penalty by Finn Russell.

Damien Hoyland had a try ruled out for Edinburgh five minutes later after a forward pass.

In the 38th minute, with the home side still 3-0 up, the fire alarm issue caused a stoppage and it was agreed to call that half-time.

Russell’s second penalty made it 6-0 in the 42nd minute and, with Edinburgh’s discipline failing them, a third penalty made it 9-0.

Six minutes from time Russell’s fourth penalty all but sealed the game and Lee Jones put the icing on the cake as he crashed over for an unconverted try in the closing stage.


Edinburgh Rugby 24 Glasgow Warriors 19

BT Murrayfield, April 28 2018

Attendance: 25,353

James Johnstone, Jordan Lay and Duhan van der Merwe went over for tries as Edinburgh Rugby won the decider and lifted the 1872 Cup for the 2017/18 season.

Glasgow took the lead with 12 minutes gone as DTH van der Merwe went over and Finn Russell converted.

Johnstone restored parity seven minutes later, his try being converted by Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

The Warriors restored their lead when a great team move – led by Nick Grigg and George Horne – saw Callum Gibbins over for a converted try.

Converted tries by Lay and Duhan van der Merwe put Edinburgh 21-14 up at the interval.

The second half was quieter, but 15 minutes before the end a penalty by Duncan Weir put the hosts 24-14 ahead.

A second DTH van der Merwe try gave Glasgow hope, but the hosts held on.


Thanks to David Gibson/FOTOSPORT for the match images

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