Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat today confirmed his team for Sunday’s Greaves Sports 1872 Cup rematch against Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield (kick-off 5.35pm).
Moffatt instructed his players to use the pain of defeat in the first inter-city clash as a motivational tool as they seek to turn the tables on their old foes.
The capital club’s starting line-up for the second part of the festive derby double-header shows two personnel changes from that which suffered a 30-18 loss at Firhill on Monday evening.
Both switches are in the pack, with Craig Hamilton coming into the second row in place of Scott MacLeod, who was sent off in the final minute of the first match and subsequently banned for one week.
Loose forward Netani Talei has, meanwhile, recovered from a foot injury and will start at No.8, with captain Roddy Grant moving to blindside flanker.
Moffat has explained his decision to stick with the bulk of the side that lost in Maryhill, reiterating his belief that the players will be spurred on by the desire to set the record straight and deliver the win that would give Edinburgh a chance of regaining the much-prized silverware.
The head coach confirmed to www.edinburghrugby.org: “I’ve been really impressed by the hunger and determination the boys have shown all week since losing out at Firhill.
“There’s a very obvious appetite there to make amends and I think that will stand us in good stead as we go into Sunday’s game.
“We’ve got every motivation to give ourselves and our crowd the right result this time round, and we’ve picked a team we know can deliver.
“It’s about building on the good things that were there in our performance at Firhill and making sure there are more of them across the full 80 minutes on Sunday.”
Commenting on the changes in the back row, Moffat said: “That area of the team is all about balance, and because of the number of quality players we have to choose from, back row selection is something we think long and hard about every week.
“We’re delighted that Netani is back fit, because he’s shown some really powerful ball-carrying ability for us at various points this season. He can be a real threat off the base, and I’m looking forward to seeing him make ground.
“We’ve absolutely no qualms about moving Roddy to six. He’s a talented and level-headed young man who gets on with the job wherever we ask him to play. I’m confident that he, Ross Rennie and Netani will complement one another on Sunday and I’m excited about them as a unit.
“It’s tough for Scott Newlands, who I feel has shown up well in terms of the physicality he’s brought to our defence, but he’s a good one to have on the bench and I know he’ll be right up for it.
“It’s going to take a massive effort from everyone to win the game, but with the help of another big crowd, we’ll go at the task really positively and make sure we hit the ground running.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game are available online via www.edinburghrugby.org, by calling 0131 346 5180 or by visiting the Murrayfield Ticket Centre (off Roseburn Street) in person. The Ticket Centre will be open from 9am-2pm on Hogmany, and from 3pm on Sunday for match-day sales and collections.
EDINBURGH TEAM FOR GREAVES SPORTS 1872 CUP MATCH AGAINST GLASGOW WARRIORS IN THE Magners League AT MURRAYFIELD ON SUNDAY 2 JANUARY 2011
15 Jim Thompson
14 Lee Jones
13 Ben Cairns
12 John Houston
11 Tim Visser
10 David Blair
9 Greig Laidlaw
1 Allan Jacobsen
2 Ross Ford
3 Geoff Cross
4 Craig Hamilton
5 Fraser McKenzie
6 Roddy Grant (captain)
8 Netani Talei
7 Ross Rennie
16 Andrew Kelly
17 Kyle Traynor
18 David Young
19 Steven Turnbull
20 Scott Newlands
21 Mike Blair
22 Nick De Luca
23 Simon Webster