Need to Know: Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors, PRO14 match preview 2020/21

KO 5.30
Liberty Stadium
Saturday 24th October 2020
Live on Premier Sports 2

  • As is now traditional, Glasgow travel to the Liberty Stadium during an international window. 2015 was the last time the Warriors played away to the Ospreys with their Test players available.
  • For just the 2nd time in their last 40 matches, Rob Harley is missing from Glasgow’s matchday 23.
  • The Ospreys only home win in the last 12 months was back in February against Ulster in the PRO14.
  • Youthful scrum half, Jamie Dobie is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

OSPREYS
15 Dan Evans
14 Mat Protheroe
13 Scott Williams
12 Keiran Williams
11 Luke Morgan
10 Stephen Myler
9 Reuben Morgan-Williams
GLASGOW
15 Huw Jones
14 Tommy Seymour
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 Ratu Tagive
10 Peter Horne
9 Jamie Dobie

1 Rhodri Jones
2 Dewi Lake
3 Ma’afu Fia
4 Adam Beard
5 Bradley Davies
6 Olly Cracknell
7 Dan Lydiate (c)
8 James King

1 Aki Seiuli
2 George Turner
3 D’arcy Rae
4 Hamish Bain
5 Richie Gray
6 Ryan Wilson (c)
7 Tom Gordon
8 TJ Ioane

16 Scott Otten
17 Gareth Thomas
18 Tom Botha
19 Will Griffiths
20 Sam Cross
21 Harri Morgan
22 Josh Thomas
23 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler

16 Grant Stewart
17 Alex Allan
18 Enrique Pieretto
19 Fotu Lokotui
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Sean Kennedy
22 Brandon Thomson
23 Niko Matawalu

Head to Head:

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

Glasgow Greetings:

Debuts for Hamish Bain and TJ Ioane in the pack – they will be Warrior numbers 315 and 316 respectively. Welcome to the club lads!

Matchday Milestones:

In the back row Ryan Wilson will make his 19th consecutive start for Glasgow. That’s the longest streak of starts for any player since Bernardo Stortoni had a run of 36 which ended in April 2009.

Warrior to Watch:

While the most terrifying thing about Jamie Dobie may be his birth year of 2001 (opposition stand off Stephen Myler signed up with Rugby League side St Helens’ academy the same year Jamie was born) he also has some pretty scary skills too.

In just 206 minutes last season he made 6 clean breaks, beat 15 defenders and made 176 metres with ball in hand. That’s more in each category than Ali Price made in his 320 minutes and compares favourably to the numbers put up by George Horne in 700 minutes (13 CBs; 19 DBs; 368m).

It’s always risky to try and project what the future might hold for players still in their teens – but even allowing for Scotland’s increasing depth at scrum half it would be an enormous surprise if Jamie wasn’t picking up Test caps within a few years.

Glasgow away to Ospreys in the PRO12/14 era:

  • 5 wins
  • 1 draw
  • 2 losses
  • 2 try BPs
  • 24 points out of a possible 40 (60%)

Previous match-up at the the Liberty Stadium:

Officials:

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU, 125th Championship appearance)
AR1: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
AR2: Dan Jones (WRU)
TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)

Mr Clancy’s regular season record for 2019/20 in the PRO14:

Matches – 9 (all refs – 101)
Average penalty count – 17.7 per game (all refs – 19.1)
Home penalty percentage – 51% (all refs – 48%)
Average card count – 0.7 per game (all refs – 1.3)
Penalties per card – 27 (all refs – 15)

Remarkably, this will be the 45th time that Mr Clancy has refereed a fixture involving Glasgow. It’s a relationship that stretches back to a Magners League game at Cardiff Arms Park in November 2004 and no other official has been in charge of more games in the Warriors’ history.

No excuse then for those involved on Saturday night not to know what to expect from the Irish whistler. As ever he’s a low penalty count, keep the cards in the pocket kind of guy. It’s up to the players to maximise the benefit from a ref who wants to keep the game flowing.

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