THE PRO14 has at last announced its fixtures for the remainder of this season, both confirming the dates of rescheduled games and announcing the matches in rounds 12 to 16. The third and final 1872 Cup game between Glasgow and Edinburgh is not included, but the two Scottish teams have agreed to find a suitable date on which to play it.
“Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors are currently considering options for a third and final 1872 Cup contest this season in order to complete the three-game derby series, currently tied on one game apiece,” a statement on the Edinburgh website said. In recent seasons all three derbies have been integrated into the PRO14 season, but this campaign is taking place over 16 games instead of the usual 21.
While the top three in each conference would normally go into the end-of-season play-offs, this year the two winners will go straight into the final at the end of March. Ulster and Leinster are at present separated by just a point at the top of Conference A, while Munster are nine points clear at the top of B.
Neither Scottish team has a realistic chance of topping either conference, although a top-three place could still be vital as it should guarantee qualification for next season’s Champions Cup. EPCR, organisers of both that tournament and the Challenge Cup, have yet to confirm the qualification criteria for 2021-22, although PRO14 have said that no play-offs will be needed to determine which teams get in.
As was already known, Edinburgh will play their next league game at the Dragons a fortnight on Friday in a match that was postponed earlier this season. They will then have three home games in a row.
Glasgow will resume their campaign with two home games, against Benetton then Ulster on 13 and 19 February respectively. “We’re looking forward to having a regular period of games in February and March, re-energised from our recent break,” Warriors coach Danny Wilson said. “The players showed a lot of character to beat Edinburgh in our last game and today’s fixture announcement allows us to focus and prepare to build on that performance.”
PRO14 FIXTURES FOR SCOTTISH TEAMS
Fri 12: Dragons v Edinburgh (7.35pm)
Sat 13: Glasgow v Benetton (2.30pm)
Fri 19: Glasgow v Ulster (7.35pm)
Sat 20: Edinburgh v Munster (7.35pm)
Sat 27: Edinburgh v Scarlets (noon)
Sun 28: Leinster v Glasgow (5.30pm)
Sat 6: Zebre v Glasgow (1pm British time)
Sun 7: Edinburgh v Benetton (3.15pm)
Sat 13: Connacht v Edinburgh (7.35pm)
Fri 12: Glasgow v Ospreys (8pm)
Sun 21: Dragons v Glasgow (3pm)
Mon 22: Cardiff v Edinburgh (8pm)