Need to Know: Glasgow Warriors v Ulster, PRO14 match preview 2018/19

KO 7.35 at Sold Out Scotstoun Stadium
Friday 5th April 2019

Live on Premier Sports 1 *

  • Head to heads are pretty even and how each side responds to their respective Champions Cup exits last weekend could be hugely significant.
  • Jonny Gray will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow and he is the Warrior to Watch.
  • 5 more players return to Scotstoun after extended absences – Stuart Hogg, Tommy SeymourSam Johnson, Ali Price and Jonny Gray.

Teams

GLASGOW WARRIORS
15 Stuart Hogg
14 Tommy Seymour
13 Kyle Steyn
12 Sam Johnson
11 Niko Matawalu
10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price
ULSTER
15 Michael Lowry
14 Rob Lyttle
13 Luke Marshall
12 Stuart McCloskey
11 Jacob Stockdale
10 Billy Burns
9 John Cooney

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Robert Harley
5 Jonny Gray
6 Adam Ashe
7 Chris Fusaro (c)
8 Matt Fagerson

1 Eric O’Sullivan

2 Rob Herring
3 Marty Moore
4 Alan O’Connor (c)
5 Kieran Treadwell
6 Sean Reidy
7 Jordi Murphy
8 Marcelo Coetzee

16 Grant Stewart
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Siua Halanukonuka
19 Scott Cummings
20 Tevita Tameilau
21 George Horne
22 Peter Horne
23 Robbie Nairn

16 John Andrew

17 Andy Warwick
18 Tom O’Toole
19 Ian Nagle
20 Matthew Rea
21 David Shanahan
22 Darren Cave
23 Angus Kernohan

Head to Head:

Back 3 – ADV Glasgow
Centres – ADV Ulster
Half Backs – EVEN
Front Row – ADV Glasgow
Second Row – ADV Glasgow
Back Row – ADV Ulster
Subs – ADV Glasgow

Glasgow Greetings:

Scotstoun gets to welcome back no less than five of its favourite sons after extended absences. Ali Price, Sam Johnson, Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg return to home turf for the first time since the Champions Cup match against Cardiff Blues on 13th January. Jonny Gray hasn’t played in Glasgow during 2019. It will be great to see that quintet run out at home again.

Matchday Milestones:

A little over 7 years since he made his debut as a fresh-faced 18 year old Jonny Gray will become the 46th player to join the Warrior Centurions. It seems a long time since he was just Richie’s wee brother to the Warriors’ faithful – he’s stepped out of his sibling’s (very large) shadow and carved a place in Glasgow history all of his own.

Warrior to Watch:

It has to be that man Jonny Gray on a special night in his Warriors’ career. Across his 99 appearances so far for the club Jonny has played 6,989 minutes of game time and made 1,207 tackles, missing just 25(!) for a tackle completion percentage of 98.0% and an average of 14.1 tackles attempted per 80 minutes.

The younger Gray has set an exceptionally high standard in terms of his consistency, application and work rate and Glasgow have been fortunate to have him in their squad for the last seven seasons.

Glasgow at home to Ulster in the PRO12/14 era:

  • 5 wins
  • 1 loss
  • 2 Try BPs
  • 1 Losing BP
  • 23 points out of a possible 30 (77%)

Previous match-up:

Officials:

Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU, 23rd Championship game)
AR1: Mike Adamson (SRU)
AR1: Ian Kenny (SRU)
TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)

Mr. Berry’s regular season record for 2017/18 in the PRO14:

Matches – 12 (all refs – 147)
Average penalty count – 19.4 per game (all refs – 19.0)
Home penalty percentage – 50% (all refs – 53%)
Average card count – 1.1 per game (all refs – 0.9)
Penalties per card – 19 (all refs – 22)

This will be Mr. Berry’s third visit to Scotstoun during his time in the PRO14. His Danes Drive debut saw him hammer the Warriors 15-9 in the crime count in a game against Leinster. Things went a bit better for the home side when the South African whistler took charge when they tackled the Dragons earlier this season – Glasgow only conceded 6 penalties to the visitors’ 12. Hopefully the latter match is more in line with how things run for Friday night’s fixture!


* Other coverage:

Match re-runs on FreeSports:

  • Tuesday 9th April at 4.00am

Highlights of all matches in Round 19:

  • Premier Sports 1 – Sunday 7th April at 9.30pm
  • FreeSports – Monday 8th April at 10.30pm
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