The Guinness Pro12 champions were overpowered 23-11 by a fired-up Edinburgh side in front of a record crowd of 23,642 and have been stung by the prospect of losing the trophy to their inter-city rivals for a second successive year ahead of the return at Scotstoun on Saturday.
Centre Peter Horne, who stood in as captain at the weekend after Jonny Gray failed the final segment of concussion testing, said: “A week’s a long time and we’ll certainly be working hard. It’ll be a big week for us and I’d like to think that if we can match them a bit more physically and get into our patterns I think we can certainly cause them issues.
“It’s a big ask but it’s a challenge we’ll be looking forward to.”
Hooker Fraser Brown, meanwhile, doesn’t think the 12-point deficit in the battle for the cup will prove a distraction. “No, it’s the same as you approach any game if you’re looking for four points then the bonus point,” he said. “You win the game first, then if you’re in a position to push for it that’s what you do.”