1872 Cup tie to be put in cold storage

Warriors officials test the pitch. Picture Robert Perry
Warriors officials test the pitch. Picture Robert Perry
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The eagerly awaited second leg of the 1872 Cup is likely now to be shelved until the Spring following the 11th hour cancellation at a waterlogged Scotstoun last night

Sources indicated that a final decision could rest on whether Edinburgh qualify for the later stages of the Heineken Cup with bonus-point wins in their two remaining group games against Perpignan at home and Munster away.

Even if Edinburgh fail to extract bonuses, the way could be clear with two wins for entry into the second tier Amlin Challenge Cup.

Suggestions that the match could be replayed as early as this weekend appear to have been discounted as further heavy rain is forecast in the Glasgow area over the next few days.

Edinburgh need to overtake a deficit of four points from the first leg to lift the trophy.

Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw said the call-off was unavoidable once the pitch and surrounds started to flood. “It’s extremely disappointing for everyone concerned as we were looking forward to it.

“But the pitch is in a pretty bad state and even to get drop-outs (a distance of) ten yards was going to be difficult.

“We have two big Heineken Cup games coming up and we turn our attentions to them.”

A Glasgow spokesman said: “The pitch was playable until around 90 minutes before kick-off and, despite the officials giving it as long as possible to try and play the match, they decided the game could not go ahead.”

Tickets which were issued for the match and which should be retained will be valid for the rearranged fixture.