The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Rennie dis­misses Cock­er­ill ‘twitchy’ com­ment

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Glas­gow coach Dave Rennie has re­fused to be dragged into an­other ver­bal joust with Ed­in­burgh ri­val Richard Cock­er­ill - claim­ing the lat­est mind-games from War­riors’ noisy neigh­bours are “ir­rel­e­vant”.

The Scot­stoun side will travel along the M8 on Satur­day for the de­ci­sive 1872 Cup show­down at Mur­ray­field.

Glas­gow have al­ready booked a home semi­fi­nal slot for the Pro14 play-offs hav­ing topped Con­fer­ence A.

But Cock­er­ill’s Gun­ners still re­quire a point to make sure they qual­ify out of Con­fer­ence B for the quar­ter-fi­nals - and the English­man has at­tempted to turn up the heat on Rennie’s men.

He ac­cused Glas­gow of start­ing to look a “bit

“We’ll do our talk­ing on the pitch – we’re here to stay”

twitchy” in the build up to the third and fi­nal derby en­counter of the reg­u­lar sea­son as he in­sisted his team were good enough to win.

But Rennie, who has scrum-half Ge­orge Horne as well as cen­tres Sam John­son and Nick Grigg re­turn­ing to the start­ing XV, re­fused to bite and said: “Richard is just en­joy­ing the spot­light.

“We’ll do our talk­ing on the field. He’s en­ti­tled to his opin­ion, they’ve had a re­ally good year, but any­thing he’s got to say is ir­rel­e­vant.”

Cock­er­ill, though, in­sists he is sim­ply rel­ish­ing the hype.

“It’s all good fun,” he said. “We will do our talk­ing on the pitch as well.

“We’re here to stay and are go­ing to keep work­ing to make our­selves a bet­ter team and it will be a great test for us.”

Ed­in­burgh have made just one change to the side that beat Scar­lets con­vinc­ingly two weeks ago, with Vil­iame Mata com­ing into the back row for Cor­nell du Preez.

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