Capital side off mark with win at HQ
EDINBURGH 17 CONNACHT 10
“Cheetahs are a totally different proposition when they’re at home”
Edinburgh recorded their first Pro14 win of the season with a 17-10 victory against Connacht in their first home outing.
A first-half Duhan van der Merwe try and a second-half touchdown by Pierre Schoeman, plus two conversions and a penalty from Jaco van der Walt, were sufficient to see Edinburgh home.
The visitors scored their points via a Niyi Adeolokun try and Jack Carty’s boot.
Meanwhile, Glasgow coach Dave Rennie says Cheetahs are a different beast on home soil.
The South African outfit was thumped 38-0 by Munster in this season’s Pro14 opener and suffered another massive 46-14 defeat on the road against Ospreys.
But they return to Bloemfontein to host the Warriors today and Rennie believes they must be respected on their own patch.
He said: “We’ve trained well and adjusted to the altitude this week. What we know is the Cheetahs are a different proposition at home as everyone in the Pro14 found out last season.
“Franco Smith is an experienced and innovative coach and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against his side tomorrow.”
Rennie will hope his side can replicate the freeflowing Free State performance they put in from last season when they edged out a thrilling 29-26 victory.
The Kiwi has made three changes to the back division which impressed against Munster last weekend, with scru half Ali Price, centre Alex Dunbar and full back Ruaridh Jackson all starting for the first time this season.
Adam Hastings starts at fly half following his manof-the-match performance during the 25-10 win at Scotsotun last week.