Edinburgh celebrate against Glasgow Warriors
Edinburgh beat Glasgow Warriors to safe seventh place and a visit to South Africa

Scotland’s two United Rugby Championship sides should overcome the chances to stop favourites Leinster and Stormers reaching the semi-finals.

Leinster not only had been shedding European Champions Cup finalists however topped the URC desk to safe a house tie in opposition to eighth-placed Glasgow Warriors.

Stormers are additionally at dwelling to seventh-top Edinburgh after ending second.

Mike Blair’s facet will take coronary heart from the 20-20 draw the 2 sides fought out within the Scottish capital in October.

And, though will probably be Edinburgh’s first-ever recreation in Cape City, they turned the primary Northern Hemisphere crew to win in South Africa as a part of the URC after they beat Sharks 21-6 in April.

In addition they received final day trip, beating Glasgow 28-11 to leapfrog the guests within the URC desk, reclaim the inter-city 1872 Cup and safe qualification for subsequent season’s Champions Cup by topping the brand new Scottish-Italian mini-league inside the father or mother competitors.

Nonetheless, John Dobson’s Stormers have now received eight video games on the bounce, culminating in a 26-21 win over Scarlets in Llanelli.

Leinster, in the meantime, will likely be smarting from Saturday’s dramatic Euro last defeat in Marseille, when a late attempt meant La Rochelle lifted the trophy after a 24-21 victory, as they refocus looking for a fifth consecutive league title.

Whoever wins at RDS Stadium will safe a house semi-final in opposition to both Sharks or Bulls subsequent weekend, whereas Edinburgh and Stormers are vying to host Ulster, who defeated Munster 36-17 on Friday.

Team information

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen makes seven personnel adjustments, with captain and Eire fly-half Johnny Sexton lacking out with an ankle damage and being changed with Ross Byrne, whereas James Lowe is rested and changed with Rory O’Loughlin at left wing.

Ciaran Frawley begins at centre as Robbie Henshaw drops to the bench and, with Hugo Keenan rested, Jordan Larmour begins on the opposite wing as Jimmy O’Brien shifts to full-back.

Dan Sheehan begins within the entrance row, with prop Ronan Kelleher lacking out via damage, and Joe McCarthy comes into the second row instead of Ross Molony. In the meantime, Ryan Baird is in at six as Caelan Doris swaps to quantity eight, Jack Conan strikes to the bench and Eire lock James Ryan will captain the facet.

Gregor Brown is known as at openside flanker in only his second begin for Glasgow, with Thomas Gordon dropping to the bench beside two Scotland internationals getting back from damage – ahead Fraser Brown and scrum-half George Horne.

Henry Pyrgos begins instead of the injured Ben Vellacott at scrum-half within the only alteration to the Edinburgh facet that beat Glasgow.

Scrum-half Herschel Jantjies and centre Rikus Pretorius are handed begins within the only adjustments to the Stormers facet that beat Scarlets to safe the South African Defend as the highest finishers from their nation within the URC desk.

Jantjies is available in for the injured Stefan Ungerer, whereas Pretorius is at inside centre instead of Damian Willemse, who has been dominated out with an arm damage.

Utility again Sacha Mngomezulu is in line for a debut after being included among the many replacements.

What they stated

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: “It is going to be a troublesome problem. Glasgow are crew, a niggly kind of crew as properly, and we’d like to verify we’re in the fitting headspace for the sport as a result of it is a terrific problem and hopefully now we have a giant crowd to cheer the fellows on as properly.

“You attempt your finest to park the [La Rochelle] recreation, I believe it’s going to be there at the back of our minds for the longer term, however it’s onto the following problem, is not it?”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson: “Enjoying away at Leinster is as huge a problem because it will get. Leinster have been the benchmark within the league in recent times.

“We all know we go into this recreation as underdogs, however we’re assured that now we have ready properly this week, welcome the problem this recreation presents and look ahead to placing our personal imprint on the sport.”

Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair: “We’re grateful to our backfield crew who had been capable of capable of get us out to Cape City early, giving us the very best likelihood to recuperate and put together for Saturday’s match by giving us a full week’s coaching.

“As a squad, we actually benefited from our two-week tour of South Africa again in April and its as soon as once more galvanised the fellows – there’s a terrific feeling of togetherness with this group. Stormers are a powerful facet and we all know it will be an enormous check away from dwelling, however now we have perception and confidence in the way in which we need to play.”

Stormers head coach John Dobson: “A variety of onerous work has gone into securing this dwelling quarter-final, so we’re decided to rise to the event.

“It has been week of preparation and everybody is worked up about what ought to be a memorable day. We need to increase the depth and be sure that we’re at our greatest for the total 80 minutes, enjoying the type of rugby that has obtained us into this place.”

Team line-ups

Leinster: Jimmy O’Brien, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Ciaran Frawley, Rory O’Loughlin, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Joe McCarthy, James Ryan, Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.

Keenan; J O’Brien, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (capt), Gibson-Park; Porter, Kelleher, Furlong, Molony, Ryan; Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Michael Ala’alatoa, Ross Molony, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Harry Byrne, Robbie Henshaw.

Glasgow Warriors: Ollie Smith, Josh McKay, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean, Ross Thompson, Ali Worth, Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Rob Harley, Richie Grey, Ryan Wilson, Gregor Brown, Jack Dempsey.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Lewis Bean, Kiran McDonald, Thomas Gordon, George Horne, Domingo Miotti.

Stormers: Warrick Gelant, Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Rikus Pretorius, Leolin Zas, Manie Libbok, Herschel Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, JJ Kotze, Frans Malherbe, Salmaan Moerat, Marvin Orie, Deon Fourie, Hacjivah Dayimani, Evan Roos.

Replacements: Andre-Hugo Venter, Brok Harris, Neethling Fouche, Adre Smith, Ernst van Rhyn, Nama Xaba, Godlen Masimla, Sacha Mngomezulu.

Edinburgh: Emiliano Boffelli, Darcy Graham, Mark Bennett, Chris Dean, Damien Hoyland, Blair Kinghorn, Henry Pyrgos, Pierre Schoeman, Dave Cherry, WP Nel, Jamie Hodgson, Grant Gilchrist, Luke Crosbie, Hamish Watson, Magnus Bradbury.

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Harrison Courtney, Lee-Roy Atalifo, Marshall Sykes, Ben Muncaster, Charlie Shiel, Jaco van der Walt, James Lang.


Author: Londonlad

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