Edinburgh v Glasgow: Dealing with pressure key - Chris Paterson

Pro12/1872 Cup: Edinburgh v Glasgow

Venue:
Murrayfield
Date:
Thursday 26 December 2013
Kick-off:
15:05 GMT
Coverage:
Live on BBC ALBA. BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website

Former Scotland full-back Chris Paterson believes calm heads are vital in the festive derby double-header between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

"There's the city rivalry and possibly scrapping for international selection but you don't want that to take over," Paterson told BBC Scotland.

"You try not to get too caught up in personal battles.

"It's difficult but the players who can do that and and make good decisions under pressure will come out on top."

Glasgow have dominated the fixture in recent seasons but Edinburgh will be buoyed by two good results going into the Boxing Day match at Murrayfield.

Paterson's former team beat Pro12 champions Leinster 11-6 last Friday following a Heineken Cup success at Gloucester, while Glasgow's weekend match was postponed after back-to-back European losses to Cardiff Blues.

"Edinburgh have found a bit of form results-wise," added Paterson, capped a record 109 times. "They will probably want to find more from their game in terms of performance.

"They did really well against Gloucester away, which is a hard place to win, and they beat Leinster in difficult conditions. Those were close games, with not much in it at all.

"I think Glasgow have the ability to be the more complete side but they have not quite hit their straps. There is huge ability in that Glasgow side."

The return league match will be played at Scotstoun on 1 January, with the aggregate score winners lifting the 1872 Cup.

"I absolutely loved playing in these games," recalls Paterson.

"The build-up was really important as well - you don't want the hype to overtake you.

"With the big crowds, you'll be trying like mad against your opposite number but keep the head and hopefully do the right thing for your side.

"The weather looks like it should be okay on Boxing Day and if it's dry that should favour Glasgow but, as always with a derby, it will all come down to pressure and dealing with that pressure on the day."