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Ryan Wilson aims to strengthen Glasgow Warriors' standing

Published 01/01/2016

Ryan Wilson believes Glasgow remain top dogs in Scotland
Ryan Wilson believes Glasgow remain top dogs in Scotland

Glasgow flanker Ryan Wilson does not believe Edinburgh are ready to topple Warriors off their perch just yet.

The Murrayfield men can make it three wins in a row over Warriors if they succeed in Saturday's 1872 Cup second leg.

But Wilson reckons his team remain top dogs in Scotland after winning last year's Guinness Pro12 title.

Asked if Edinburgh could claim to have overtaken their inter-city rivals if they triumph in this weekend's clash - moved back to Murrayfield with Glasgow's Scotstoun pitch waterlogged - the back-rower said: "No I wouldn't say so.

"We won the league last year. We have a fantastic team with strength and depth and we're looking to go out and win this weekend.

"It's a long old season and we've still got a lot of games to play. We'll see how we come out at the other end."

Edinburgh ended Glasgow's five-year reign of dominance when they came out on top in last season's festive double header.

Alan Solomons' side backed it up with a 23-11 win in the capital last Sunday as they claimed an 12-point advantage ahead of the 1872 Cup second leg - as well as four Guinness Pro12 points to move above Warriors into the top six.

But Wilson has promised a backlash.

"It was gutting, frustrating and really disappointing," said the Scotland international as he reflected on last weekend's defeat. "The boys have had a long look at themselves and the game and gone over a few things. We're in a positive place now.

"You always get a reaction from things like that though. It was a tough one to take but we will move on. There will be a reaction.

"We know we were not good enough. For the opening 20 minutes we showed how we can play then we took the foot off the gas. But we know we are a better team and that we can get the win this week.

"We can definitely turn the 12-point advantage around. We just need to play a bit smarter and play the way we want to play."

Wilson will clock up his 100th appearance for Glasgow on Saturday and he admitted he was in no rush to call time on his Warriors stint.

"I've been here six years now and had a few injuries but it's good to reach this landmark," Wilson said.

"It's a big thing for a player to play that many games. There's been a few guys reach 100 caps for Glasgow like John Barclay, Graeme Morrison and Al Kellock.

"That is testament to the club that there is such a strong bond here. People want to stay and make those milestones."

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