The Scottish Guinness PRO12 derby returns to BT Murrayfield on Boxing Day with Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh set for another titanic tussle.
The 1872 Cup is steeped in history and tradition and was described by Alan Solomons as ‘one of the biggest derbies in world rugby’ just twelve months ago.
Edinburgh have been victorious in the 1872 Cup in each of the last two Guinness PRO12 seasons but prior to that, in the 2013-14 season, Glasgow recorded their fifth straight success.
The Warriors beat Edinburgh 20-16 at BT Murrayfield on Boxing Day in 2013 as Stuart Hogg scored a vital try and Duncan Weir kicked five successful penalties.
But their re-match at Scotstoun on New Years’ Day was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch meaning Scottish fans had to wait until April for the second leg.
Edinburgh had been beaten 26-13 by Zebre the week previous to the game and travelled to a Glasgow side who had won their last five league matches.
But both teams delivered an occasion to savour in front of a record Scotstoun crowd of 8,855 as 71 points were shared including nine tries.
Chris Cusiter fed Peter Murchie for the opening try and the Warriors were 11-0 up before WP Nel barged over underneath the posts to get Edinburgh on the board.
Mark Bennett’s brilliant run then led to Ruaridh Jackson getting the Warriors second score as Izak van der Westhuizen was shown a yellow card for the high tackle which stopped Bennett.
Bennett wasn’t to be denied for long though as he extended the Glasgow lead to 23-13 just before the break.
With Edinburgh’s Mike Coman becoming his side’s second player to be sent to the sin bin early in the second half the hosts took full advantage with Murchie’s second securing the bonus point.
Sam Beard brought the visitors back into it just before the hour but Robert Harley’s try made sure of the victory.
Tomas Leonardi – his first for the club – and Tim Visser got consolation scores to earn their side two bonus points in defeat.
The five-point win moved the Warriors into the Guinness PRO12 top two, and that is where they finished as they secured a home semi-final against Munster where they were also victorious.
Gregor Townsend’s men would be beaten in the Guinness PRO12 final by Leinster but revenge would be earned a year later.
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