Cap­i­tal side off mark with win at HQ

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -


“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.

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