12 Stats of Christmas for Glasgow Warriors

1
Only 1 Glasgow player has featured in every one of their PRO14 games this season – Ruaridh Jackson. Only 3 players in the league have played more than Ruaridh’s 875 minutes.

2
The 2 Horne brothers Peter and George became 7th set of brothers to start a game together for Glasgow Warriors after:

Bullochs (Gordon & Alan)
Wallaces (Fergus & Murray)
Lamonts (Sean & Rory)
Evans (Max & Thom)
Bryces (Glenn & Kevin)
Fagersons (Zander & Matt)

SIDEBAR
George Horne has scored 6 tries in his 11 games for Glasgow. It took big brother Pete more than 60 games (and into his 7th season) to amass a similar tally. Bragging rights to little bro so far in this area!

3
Three former Western Province / Stormers players have featured for Glasgow this season – Oli Kebble, Brandon Thomson and Huw Jones. Oli & Brandon have ensured that this is the 15th season (out of 22) that a South African born player has appeared for Glasgow.

4
There are 4 men in the current Warriors’ squad who have returned to the club this season after previously moving to teams in England. Ruaridh Jackson, Niko Matawalu, Kiran McDonald and Ryan Grant have, so far, combined for 37 appearances on their 2nd time around with Glasgow.

5
The most try assists in the squad so far this season is 5. As is so often the case Ali Price and Finn Russell cannot be separated and they are united at the top of the table for this stat. (Coincidentally both men had 5 assists across last season as well.)

6
The top scorers so far this season both have 6 tries – Leonardo Sarto (9 appearances) and George Horne (8 appearances). Nobody has hit double figures for Glasgow since DTH van der Merwe in 2014/15. Can Leo or George (or maybe Nick Grigg) notch 10+ tries for the season?

SIDEBAR
Injuries have restricted Leo Sarto to just 17 games for Glasgow – but he’s already scored 9 tries & is a huge threat in attack. The big Italian is out of contract at the end of this season – time for a new hashtag #Leomuststay – especially when he can do things like this:

 

7
Callum Gibbins has worn the number 7 jersey 7 times so far this season. In his debut campaign he’s already captained Glasgow 3 times, been Warrior of the Month twice & Man of the Match v Cheetahs. The former Hurricane has a strong claim to being the club’s player of the season so far.

8
Glasgow have picked up 8 Try Bonus Points in 12 games so far in the PRO14. Their highest ever tally of TBPs in the league for a full season is 9 (in 2012/13 & 2014/15 & 2016/17). The highest total by any team in the league is 12 by Leinster in 2016/17.

9
Both Finn Russell and Niko Matawalu have picked up their 9th Man of the Match awards for Glasgow this season – the most among the players in the current squad.

10
Glasgow’s sequence of 10 straight wins this season in the PRO14 was the longest in the club’s history*

(*Glasgow have previously won 13 straight regular season fixtures – 8 at the end of 2013/14 and 5 at the start of 2014/15 – but lost the Grand Final in between those sequences)

11
There have been 11 players who have made their Glasgow Warriors’ debuts this season:

Connacht (A): George Turner, Lelia Masaga, Adam Hastings & Oli Kebble
Ospreys (H): Gibbins
Ospreys (A): Kiran McDonald, Samuela Vunisa, Siua Halanukonuka, Hamilton Burr & Kaleem Barreto
Montpellier (H): Huw Jones

SIDEBAR The 47 full-time pros in the Glasgow squad debuted in these seasons:
2006/07 – 1
2007/08 – 2
2008/09 – 1
2009/10 – 2
2010/11 – 5
2011/12 – 1
2012/13 – 6
2013/14 – 2
2014/15 – 4
2015/16 – 5
2016/17 – 9
2017/18 – 9

Lineen era – 12
Townsend era – 26
Rennie era – 9

12
Niko Matawalu has scored tries against 12 of Glasgow’s 13 opponents in the PRO14. He had a full set of PRO12 opposition from his previous spell with the club. He added a score against the Kings this season & only needs a try vs the Cheetahs to complete his collection.

SIDEBAR
Does Niko love the West Stand more than the East Stand? The Flying Fijian has scored 28 tries for Glasgow – 16 at Scotstoun and 12 away. 12 of the 16 at home have been in front of the West Stand with just 4 at the East Stand end.

It’s possible that Niko has been warned that the combination of him finishing a spectacular try and the East Stand Massive could tear a hole in the fabric of time and space (or at the very least in the nice sponsored roof).

Wherever he scores his tries it’s great to have the magical Mr. Matawalu back where he belongs! #NikoGonnaNiko

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