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.
16. K. Bryce
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.
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.