Need to Know: Glasgow v Scarlets match preview

KO 5.15 at Scotstoun Stadium
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Only 4 players remain from Glasgow’s last competitive match – a rather fondly remembered 31-13 win over Munster in the Grand Final – with none starting in the same position. All 4 are in the pack and none of the 10 backs on duty this weekend were involved on that famous day 3 months ago.


15. G. Bryce
14. Jones
13. Murchie
12. Lyle
11. Hughes
10. Wight
9. Hart
1. Yanuyanutawa
2. MacArthur
3. Cusack
4. Harley
5. Cummings
6. Strauss
7. Fusaro
8. Ashe
15. Evans
14. Parkes
13. King
12. Owen
11. Tagicakibau
10. Jones
9. Davies
1. John
2. Phillips
3. Edwards
4. Price
5. Rawlins
6. Shingler
7. Davies
8. Barclay

16. K. Bryce
17. Allan
18. Fagerson
19. Low
20. Holmes
21. Blair
22. Clegg
23. Fergusson

16. Myhill
17. Evans
18. Taylor
19. Earle
20. Pitman
21. Williams
22. Thomas
23. Williams

Glasgow Greetings:

Grayson Hart and Scott Cummings will make their competitive debuts for the Warriors. Kieran Low, Mike Blair, Rory Clegg and Robbie Fergusson will join them if they make it off the bench (what am I talking about – Toonie’s in charge so of course they’ll make it off the bench!)

Once Were Warriors
John Barclay (153 appearances) and Rory Pitman (4 appearances) make a return to Glasgow.

Matchday Milestones:
Josh Strauss will make his 75th appearance for the Warriors.

Warriors One to Watch:
Grayson Hart. An abrasive character with an aggressive playing style he will be looking to dictate the play from 9 and take some of the pressure off an inexperienced back line.

Head to Head:
Back 3 – ADV Scarlets
Centres – ADV Scarlets
Half Backs – ADV Glasgow
Front Row – ADV Glasgow
Second Row – EVEN
Back Row – ADV Glasgow

Toonie’s Track Record…
…against Scarlets – 3 wins and 3 losses. 0 Try BPs. 1 Losing BP. 13 points in total.

  • 13 points is the lowest collected against any Pro 12 side in the Townsend era.
  • The Scarlets are the only team in the league that Townsend’s men have failed to score a Try Bonus Point against.

Last season’s match-up:

  • 15. Winning margin – the biggest by Glasgow over the Scarlets in the Pro 12.
  • 23. Glasgow offloads – the most in any game in 2014/15.
  • 24. Glasgow turnovers – also the most in any game in 2014/15.
  • 101. Metres carried by Niko Matawalu – the only time a Glasgow scrum half made over 100m ball in hand.
  • 150. Wind speed in mph during the first half!

Home and Away:
Glasgow won all 12 of their home Pro 12 games last season and their unbeaten streak in the league at Scotstoun stretches back 20 matches to November 2013. They’ve won all 4 of their opening day home fixtures since 2009.

Scarlets won their last 3 away games of the 2014/15 season, snapping a 10 game winless streak away from home that lasted more than a year.

Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU, 13th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Neil Paterson, Bob Nevins (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner: John Montgomery (SRU)
TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)

Despite being the one of the busiest refs in the Pro 12, Mr. Conway has only reffed the Warriors once in the last 2 seasons – the away game in Treviso in 2014/15. The penalty count was 17-8 against Glasgow – the worst of the entire season – and he also yellow carded Niko and RDK! His card count of 1.8 per game is well above the league average of 1.3 so discipline will be crucial.

One comment

  1. The final tally was 7 Glasgow debutants – Cummings, Hart, Low, Blair, Clegg and Fergusson were joined by late call-up Fergus Scott.

    As the one to watch Hart certainly managed the aggressive part – unfortunately not in the right way with a yellow card for a tip tackle!

    The head to heads panned out reasonably well across the 80 minutes except for the back row where John Barclay and Aaron Shingler for the Scarlets were the 2 outstanding players on the pitch and central to their win. (Also Glasgow may have edged the 2nd row thanks to an superb first match from 18 year old Scott Cummings).

    Mr. Conway lived up to his reputation with 26 penalties and 4 yellow cards.


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