Need to Know: Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors, United Rugby Championship match preview 2021/22

KO 6.30 at Murrayfield Stadium
Saturday 21st May 2022

Live on Premier Sports 1

  • This is the 34th match contested for the 1872 Cup. Glasgow have won 18, Edinburgh 14 and there has been one draw (during this era, the Warriors have also won two further non-1872 Cup clashes between these teams – in August 2020 and May 2021).
  • There are 22 changes from the combined starting XVs that played the last time these two sides met at Scotstoun in March during the Six Nations.
  • 34 of 46 players on show are full capped internationals (19 for Edinburgh v 15 for Glasgow).
  • 41 of the 46 are Scottish qualified.
  • Both head coaches have selected their most experienced starting XVs for any game this season – 1,262 previous starts for the club for Edinburgh. 910 for Glasgow.
  • There are 9 forwards aged over 30 in the combined 23s while Henry Pyrgos is the only over 30 among the 20 backs listed.
  • Flying winger Josh McKay is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

EDINBURGH

GLASGOW

Emiliano Boffelli
Darcy Graham
Mark Bennett
Chris Dean
Damien Hoyland
Blair Kinghorn
Ben Vellacott

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Ollie Smith
Josh McKay
Sione Tuipulotu
Sam Johnson
Rufus McLean
Ross Thompson
Ali Price

Pierre Schoeman
David Cherry
WP Nel
Jamie Hodgson
Grant Gilchrist (c)
Luke Crosbie
Hamish Watson
Magnus Bradbury

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Jamie Bhatti
George Turner
Zander Fagerson
Robert Harley
Richie Gray
Ryan Wilson (c)
Thomas Gordon
Jack Dempsey

Adam McBurney
Harrison Courtney
Lee Roy Atalifo

Marshall Sykes
Ben Muncaster
Henry Pyrgos
Jaco van der Walt
James Lang

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Johnny Matthews
Nathan McBeth
Simon Berghan
Kiran McDonald
Gregor Brown
Jamie Dobie
Domingo Miotti
Stafford McDowall

Head to Head:

Back 3 – ADV Edinburgh
Centres – EVEN
Half Backs – ADV Glasgow
Front Row – ADV Glasgow
Second Row – ADV Edinburgh
Back Row – ADV Edinburgh
Subs – EVEN

Glasgow Greetings:

It has been more than three months since Warriors’ fans last got to see the scampering feet of Rufus McLean carving up opposition. His battle with Darcy Graham should be a good one. Might we see both of these wingers in tandem for Scotland against Argentina in the summer?

Matchday Milestones:

No-one has played in more 1872 Cup matches than Rob Harley who will suit up for the 23rd, and sadly final, time. Grant Gilchrist and Ryan Wilson will both make their 20th appearances in the 1872 Cup series.

Richie Gray will start his 20th match of the 2021/22 campaign – this is just the second time in his career that he has started 20 or more club matches in a season. Jack Dempsey (21 starts) is the only other player across the Glasgow or Edinburgh squads (with a combined 96 players used) to hit this mark.

Once A Warrior:

The current blistering form of Mark Bennett would feel familiar to Glasgow fans who got to watch him tear teams apart from 13 in a black and blue jersey. They will also be familiar with the clever control (and dodgy moustache and mullet combo) applied from the bench by Henry Pyrgos.

Warrior to Watch:

Josh McKay has settled in quickly, despite not being able to make his club debut until early December. His reputation for being rapid preceded him but the Kiwi back 3 doesn’t shirk the physical stuff either when he gets into close quarters action.

Josh is just one behind Kyle Steyn in the race to be Glasgow’s top try scorer this season*. With at least two games to play the coaches and fans will be looking to him to provide the attacking threat out wide and add to that try rally. Any remaining fixtures will be tough battles up front though. It will be down to the Warriors’ pack to provide Josh some decent possession to work from.

* if tries from mauls are excluded…

Glasgow v Edinburgh at Murrayfield in the PRO12/PRO14/URC era:

  • 4 wins
  • 9 losses
  • 1 draw
  • 4 losing BPs
  • 22 points out of a possible 70 (31%)
  • Glasgow also won the Rainbow Cup encounter between these two sides last May – a match which featured the first ever try bonus point picked up by the Warriors against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Previous match-up away to Edinburgh:

Officials:

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU, 78th league game)
AR1: Ian Kenny (SRU)
AR2: Graeme Ormiston (SRU)
TMO: Andrew McMenemy (SRU)

Mr Brace’s record for 2021/22:

Matches – 17
Average penalty count – 18.8 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage – 51.7%
Average card count – 1.1 per game
Penalties per card – 17.7

This will be the fourth time this season that Mr Brace has taken charge of a Glasgow match. He was the man in the middle for Zebre away, Exeter at home (a supply gig after the original French officilas couldn’t travel) and Stormers away. He also reffed the Rainbow Cup match at Murrayfield last season between these two sides.

He is now one of the URC’s most experienced referees – which can be seen in his lower penalty count. He still has some way to go to rival the league’s previous generation of game managers like Nigel Owens and George Clancy who would be averaging pens in the low teens with the aim of allowing matches to ‘flow’.


Additional ref stats from: https://www.cardiffrfcfans.com/analysis/referee_heads.php?countryID=3

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