Need to Know: Cardiff Blues v Glasgow Warriors, Champions Cup match preview 2018/19

KO 3.15 at Cardiff Arms Park
Sunday 21st October
Live on BT Sport 3

Champions Cup stats:

  • Glasgow have won 1 and lost 7 of their games when they been away from home in the Champions Cup for Round 2.
  • That solitary win came against Montpellier in the 2014/15 tournament.
  • There have been 8 occasions when the Warriors have lost both of their opening fixtures in the tournament – a sequence which makes progression close to impossible. Sunday’s game against Cardiff Blues is a must win.
  • Glasgow have 1 win and 3 defeats from their previous encounters with Cardiff in the Heineken Cup, including losing both fixtures at the Arms Park.

CARDIFF BLUES
15 Gareth Anscombe
14 Aled Summerhill
13 Rey Lee-Lo
12 Willis Halaholo
11 Jason Harries
10 Jarrod Evans
9 Tomos Williams
HEAD-TO-HEAD
ADV Cardiff Blues
ADV Glasgow
ADV Glasgow
ADV Cardiff Blues
ADV Glasgow
ADV Cardiff Blues
EVEN
GLASGOW
15 Tommy Seymour
14 Lee Jones
13 Huw Jones
12 Sam Johnson
11 DTH van der Merwe
10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price

1 Rhys Gill
2 Kristian Dacey
3 Dillon Lewis
4 George Earle
5 Josh Turnbull
6 Olly Robinson
7 Ellis Jenkins (c)
8 Nick Williams
.
ADV Glasgow
ADV Glasgow
EVEN
EVEN
ADV Glasgow
ADV Glasgow
EVEN
ADV Cardiff Blues

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 D’arcy Rae
4 Robert Harley
5 Jonny Gray
6 Ryan Wilson (cc)
7 Callum Gibbins (cc)
8 Matt Fagerson

16 Ethan Lewis
17 Brad Thyer
18 Scott Andrews
19 Rory Thornton
20 Samu Manoa
21 Lloyd Williams
22 Garyn Smith
23 Matthew Morgan
.
EVEN
EVEN
ADV Glasgow
ADV Cardiff Blues
ADV Cardiff Blues
ADV Glasgow
EVEN
ADV Glasgow

16 George Turner
17 Alex Allan
18 Petrus du Plessis
19 Scott Cummings
20 Chris Fusaro
21 George Horne
22 Peter Horne
23 Niko Matawalu

Starting XV stats:

BACKS
2   Champions Cup tries   26
7   Champions Cup appearances   132
26.7   Average age   27.3
3   Capped players   6

FORWARDS
905kg   Pack weight   898kg
570kg   Tight 5 weight   592kg
112   Champions Cup appearances   141
29.3   Average age   26.6
5   Capped players   5

Glasgow Greetings:

No significant debuts this week but a return to the number 15 shirt for Tommy Seymour for the first time since May 2017.

Matchday Milestones:

Game number 190 for Robert Harley as he continues his progress towards a double century that will hopefully come up later on this season. Petrus du Plessis will of course add another week to his record as the oldest player to feature in the Champions Cup for the Warriors – 37 years and 144 days.

Warrior to Watch:

It’s good to welcome back Sam Johnson following injury – the inside centre hasn’t featured at all during this campaign following some bumps and bangs in pre-season. The former Queensland Red is a handy distributor in the 12 shirt but he also picks excellent angles of running and can breach the opposition line himself.

Sam also had the best tackle percentage of any of Glasgow’s centres during 2017/18 and it’s that complete package that he provides which has earned him a call-up to the Scotland squad for the Autumn Tests.

Glasgow’s Track Record…

…against Welsh sides in the pool stages of the European Cup:

    • 9 wins (7 at home, 2 away)
    • 13 losses (4 at home, 9 away)

Most recent meeting in Europe:

13/12/13 Scotstoun Stadium Report

Glasgow Warriors 7
T: Ryan Grant
C: Duncan Weir
P: none

Cardiff Blues 9
T: none
C: none
P: Rhys Patchell, Leigh Halfpenny (2)

Even though it’s less than 5 years since the game at Scotstoun just 6 players return from the Glasgow squad on that day – Tommy Seymour, DTH van der Merwe, Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro and Niko Matawalu. On the Cardiff Blues side the turnover has been even higher and only Kristian Dacey, Ellis Jenkins and Lloyd Williams played in the last European encounter with the Warriors.

Officials:

Referee: Luke Pearce (Eng)
AR1: Matthew Carley (Eng)
AR2: Jonathan Healy (Eng)
TMO: Graham Hughes (Eng)

This will be the third time that Glasgow have been refereed by Mr. Pearce. Back in 2014 he hammered Montpellier in the penalty and card count at Scotstoun (although the Warriors still couldn’t take advantage to pick up the try BP they were looking for). He was also the man in the middle for the home encounter with Munster two seasons back when the Irish side were ruthless in taking grabbing the game’s crucial try following a yellow card for Stuart Hogg.

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