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Hurt Glasgow aiming for revenge against Edinburgh

Glasgow forward Adam Ashe admits the sight of Edinburgh celebrating their 1872 Cup win last term still stings.

Warriors felt the trophy on offer to the winner of the annual inter-city double-header was their sole property after claiming it five years in a row between 2009 and 2014.

But Edinburgh snatched the silverware back in 2015 and made it back-to-back victories with last season's two-legged triumph.

Both matches had to be staged at Murrayfield last term because of flooding issues at Scotstoun and Glasgow will return to the national stadium on Monday for part one of this season's duel.

And Ashe - who returns to Gregor Townsend's line-up after shaking off the foot injury that caused him to miss the first half of the season - is out for revenge.

He said: "I played in the first game at Murrayfield last year but saw the second one when Edinburgh got the win which meant they got to keep the trophy.

"It's never a good feeling seeing any side celebrate after beating you, especially when it's such a big rivalry like the one between us and Edinburgh.

"I'm sure the guys are still hurting when they think back to what happened.

"But we can only go out and play the best rugby we can and hopefully it will be our guys who are celebrating this time."

The derby battles double as Guinness PRO12 fixtures and Edinburgh's interim head coach Duncan Hodge hopes to get back to winning ways after last week's Challenge Cup defeat to Stade Francais in France.

He said: " There is no extra motivation needed for Monday's game as we take on our oldest rivals, Glasgow, in a derby match.

"We're looking forward to getting back to league duties and absorbing the challenge the opposition will pose.

"We know what to expect, and we'll need to match them in all areas of the game if we're to come out on top.

"We've named a settled side with a good blend of youth and experience, and everyone involved is excited to get out there in front of our home fans and put in a performance."


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