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Glasgow Warriors dominate – and can only get better

They are 15 points clear in the Guinness Pro14 Conference A, have picked up ten bonus points in 13 games and could clinch their play-off spot in their next match. Yet Glasgow Warriors insist the best is yet to come.

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Warriors George Horne has support as he turns, ball in hand, ready to begin another Glasgow attack. Picture: Federico Matteucci/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Zebre 20 - 40 Glasgow: Warriors pick up bonus point win

Dave Rennie, the Glasgow Warriors head coach, is a pragmatic soul. He knows this was a far from perfect performance from his side, but they still came away with a bonus point win and a lot of players getting valuable game time as they gear up for the period when they have to cope with both injuries and players off on Scotland duty.

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Zander Fagerson suffered a freak injury in the gym. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Scotland rocked by Zander Fagerson injury blow

Scotland’s Six Nations hopes have suffered a crushing blow with the news that Glasgow Warriors tighthead prop Zander Fagerson faces at least two months out after picking up a foot injury in training 
this week.

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Stuart Hogg is working his way back to fitness after a hip injury. Picture: Neil Hanna

Allan Massie: Scotland stars will hope to survive unscathed

January is a month international players hope to survive uninjured. One can be pretty sure not all of them will. For Glasgow and Edinburgh it is an odd month for different reasons. Glasgow have Champions Cup matches against Leinster and Exeter, but they are dead matches, with only pride to play for. Edinburgh have home and away games against Stade Francais, and would have to lose both heavily not to top the pool.

Adam Ashe is back in the Glasgow Warriors squad after ten weeks out with an ankle injury. Picture: SNS/SRU

Adam Ashe return gives Glasgow respite from injury crisis

Amid the litany of gloom surrounding Glasgow Warriors’ mounting injury woes yesterday there was a bright spot with the news that back-rower Adam Ashe will return to the bench at Zebre today after ten weeks out with an ankle injury.

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Edinburgh winger Dougie Fife, scorer of the fifth try, evades the Southern Kings tacklers

Edinburgh 37-7 Southern Kings: Bennett shows up well on debut

Edinburgh took their impressive recent record to ten wins from 12 in all competition as they swept aside the struggling Southern Kings by 30 points at Myreside.

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Mark Bennett will make his Edinburgh debut against Southern Kings at Myreside on Friday. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Richard Cockerill open minded on Mark Bennett’s Six Nations chances

Ten months after injuring knee ligaments in that Calcutta Cup disaster at Twickenham, Mark Bennett finally makes his professional debut for Edinburgh at Myreside tonight when the Southern Kings come to town.

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Edinburgh's Mark Bennett has fully recovered from a serious knee injury. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Scotland centre Mark Bennett to make Edinburgh debut

Scotland centre Mark Bennett will finally make his Edinburgh debut on Friday when the capital side face Southern Kings at Myreside in the Guinness Pro14.

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Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland, right, in training. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Damien Hoyland enjoys unexpected freedom at Edinburgh

When Richard Cockerill was appointed head coach of Edinburgh, there were fears that a man so closely associated with Leicester’s old forwards-based approach would limit opportunities for the backs to express themselves. Thankfully, those fears have proved ungrounded, and the team is playing a far more attractive brand of rugby than they have done for several years.

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Edinburgh Rugby's John Hardie is back in training but is still banned from playing. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Banned flanker John Hardie back in training for Edinburgh

John Hardie has resumed training with Edinburgh and is in good condition despite his enforced break, according to assistant coach Duncan Hodge. The Scotland openside flanker’s three-month suspension for gross misconduct still has more than two weeks to run when it comes to playing in games, but when the ban was announced back in October it was ruled that he should be permitted to train with the squad from New Year’s Day.

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Glasgow Warriors' Stuart Hogg injured his hip before the Scotland v Australia game. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Injured Stuart Hogg ready to ‘rock and roll’ in two weeks

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg hopes to be back on the pitch “in the next couple of weeks, ready to rock and roll” after his latest injury problem.

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Zander Fagerson attempts to make a break for Glasgow Warriors during their 17-0 win over Edinburgh. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Tough debrief after defeat by Edinburgh key to Glasgow Warriors win

Glasgow prop Zander Fagerson revealed that a brutal review of their defeat in the first 1872 Cup match bore fruit as they levelled the series with a 17-0 success.

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Hamish Watson was at the heart of many of the penalties which went against Edinburgh. Picture: SNS

Hamish Watson: Harsh penalties took game away from Edinburgh

Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson was trying to be diplomatic when asked if he felt he and his team had suffered the rough end of the stick from Scottish referee Mike Adamson on Saturday when he was informed that his coach Richard Cockerill was sure they had.

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Glasgow stand-off Finn Russell kicks a penalty against Edinburgh. Picture: SNS/SRU

Finn Russell didn’t feel he had point to prove for Glasgow

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell insists he didn’t feel he had a point to prove after returning to the starting line-up and helping Glasgow to an 1872 Cup series-levelling victory over Edinburgh at Scotstoun.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie, left, with Edinburgh counterpart Richard Cockerill. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Dave Rennie glad to win respect back for Glasgow Warriors

The scoreline tells its own story. This was a 3-0 game at the extended half-time break and it was a 6-0 match deep into the third quarter. And the 17-0 final score undoubtedly flattered Glasgow but, in comparison to last weekend’s implosion, the Warriors boss Dave Rennie was happy enough with the 1872 Cup win over Edinburgh at Scotstoun.

Glasgow Warriors' Niko Matawalu (left) tries to surge forward. Picture: SNS

Glasgow 17 - 0 Edinburgh: Warriors level 1872 Cup series

This inter-city derby was marred by a 35-minute unscheduled break in the middle of the match, caused by a fire alarm in the North Stand, necessitating the presence of two fire engines and the complete evacuation of the stadium for what proved to be a false alarm.

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The Glasgow Warriors fans in the stands. Picture: SNS

Glasgow-Edinburgh 1872 Cup clash evacuated during first half

The second meeting of the 1872 Cup between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby was postponed due to a stadium evacuation.

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Edinburgh's Fraser McKenzie, left, and James Johnstone celebrate the win over Glasgow at Murrayfield. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Glasgow played as if victory would fall into their lap

Edinburgh deserved their last-second win last week, because, at a disadvantage, down to 14 men, they stuck to it, playing with great determination and some skill. Glasgow, on the other hand, played as if victory was bound to fall into their lap.

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Glasgow Warriors' Finn Russell began the game on the bench against Edinburgh last week but has been picked to start for the second leg at Scotstoun. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Glasgow boss insists benching Finn Russell was not a mistake

The first step to solving a problem is to admit to yourself that you have one but Dave Rennie denied point-blank that benching Finn Russell in last weekend’s loss to Edinburgh was in any way a mistake.

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Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill looks ahead to their 1872 Cup match against Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS/SRU

Richard Cockerill: 1872 Cup not high on list of priorities

If you listened to the little Englishman speaking yesterday, Richard Cockerill doesn’t care about the 1872 Cup, so it’s a good job that his players seem to like winning the thing. They have done just that in two of the previous three years and Edinburgh put down an early
marker on this year’s trophy
with their short-handed 
18-17 victory over Glasgow at Murrayfield last Saturday.

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