1872 Cup: Gregor Townsend frustrated by waterlogged pitch

Waterlogged pitch at Scotstoun

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend expressed frustration after the 1872 Cup clash against Edinburgh was postponed.

Incessant rain in Glasgow left the Scotstoun pitch waterlogged on New Year's Day and a rescheduled date has yet to be agreed.

"Nature can cause a lot of damage and it's unfortunate for 7,000 supporters," Townsend told BBC Scotland.

"But a lot worse could happen with the rain."

The match doubles as the second leg of the 1872 Cup, with Warriors leading 20-16 following on Boxing Day.

Glasgow remain fourth in the Pro12, with Edinburgh three places behind.

When the match is rescheduled, Edinburgh need to win by five points or more if they are to lift the 1872 Cup for the first time since season 2008-09.

Townsend said there was a sense of déjà vu following the recent postponement of the Treviso game in Glasgow.

"This is more frustrating and more disappointing because it was such a highly anticipated game," he said.

"So many supporters made it through the rain. Two or three days ago really brought the water table up and you see a lot of people worse off than us in the south west of Scotland.

"There's flooding in the Borders as well."

On when the game will be played, Townsend added: "We've started discussions with Edinburgh and there's a couple of windows during the season, so we just have to make sure that's right for our club."

Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw told BBC Scotland: "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 10 yards was going to be difficult.

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

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