Need to Know: Dragons v Glasgow Warriors, PRO14 Rainbow Cup match preview 2020/21

KO 7.35pm
Cardiff City Stadium
Saturday 29th May 2021
Live on Premier Sports 1

  • Glasgow are looking for back to back away wins in the PRO14 / Rainbow Cup for the first time since the end of the 2018/19 season.
  • The Warriors haven’t beaten the Dragons away from home since 30th September 2016.
  • It seems a little odd that Glasgow round out their 2020/21 season by playing both Dragons and Leinster for the third time each during this campaign.
  • There are five sides in the PRO14 that the club have only played once over the course of this season.
  • They have only played Munster once in the last 31 months.
  • It has been more than three years since they last travelled to take on the Scarlets at Parc Y Scarlets – the Warriors have played Edinburgh at Murrayfield seven times in the intervening period.

Teams

DRAGONS
15 Ioan Davies
14 Jonah Holmes
13 Jack Dixon
12 Aneurin Owen
11 Rio Dyer
10 Sam Davies
9 Gonzalo Bertranou
GLASGOW WARRIORS
15 Adam Hastings
14 Kyle Steyn
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 Cole Forbes
10 Ross Thompson
9 Ali Price

1 Brok Harris
2 Richard Hibbard
3 Lloyd Fairbrother
4 Matthew Screech
5 Ben Carter
6 Ross Moriarty (c)
7 Ollie Griffiths
8 Aaron Wainwright

1 Aki Seiuli
2 George Turner
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Robert Harley
5 Scott Cummings
6 Ryan Wilson (c)
7 Rory Darge
8 Matt Fagerson

16 Elliot Dee
17 Josh Reynolds
18 Aaron Jarvis
19 Joe Davies
20 Taine Basham
21 Dan Babos
22 Evan Lloyd
23 Jamie Roberts

16 Fraser Brown
17 Tom Lambert
18 Enrique Pieretto
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Fotu Lokotui
21 George Horne
22 Stafford McDowall
23 Rufus McLean

Head to Head:

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

Glasgow Greetings:

This will be the first time for Warriors’ fans to see the Fagerson brothers together in the same lineup for the club since January. Zander and Matt have been united in the Glasgow 23 on five occasions this season – one less than their six games together for Scotland during 2020/21.

In all, this will be 40th time they have played in the same match for the Warriors and their 30th time starting together. Only the Bullochs (66) and the Evans (32) have more fixtures where both brothers have started for the club.

Warrior to Watch:

It would be hard to overstate how much Glasgow missed Kyle Steyn during his extended injury absence. There’s a reasonable argument to be made that from the point he burst into the lineup in February 2019 (making himself an indispensable part of the side that stormed to the PRO14 final) and through the abbreviated 2019/20 campaign that he was the Warriors’ best player.

A remarkably consistent attacking threat, whether playing at centre or on the wing, last season, among other stats, he had the most clean breaks plus defenders beaten and highest metres per carry of any Glasgow player.

Since returning from injury he’s shown up well with his energy and enthusiasm, particularly around his work on attacking and defending kicks. Kyle is a player with enough strength to force his way through tackles but equally has the elusiveness to evade defenders completely. He will be one of the key factors in the Warriors’ attack on Saturday evening.

Glasgow away to Dragons in the PRO12/14 era:

  • 4 wins
  • 2 draws
  • 3 losses
  • 2 Try BPs + 1 Losing BP
  • 23 points out of a possible 45 (51%)

Previous match-up:

Officials:

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU, 9th competition game)
AR1: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
AR2: Craig Evans (WRU)
TMO: Dan Jones (WRU)

Mr Busby is back for just his second ever Glasgow game. His first came when the Warriors took on the Dragons earlier this season at Scotstoun. Unfortunately that’s one of the games that’s on the list that we don’t talk about…

Taking the briefest possible look backwards – Glasgow lost the penalty count 10-12 to their opponents but won the card count with two Dragons being sent to the sin bin while Lee Jones was the only Warrior sent to the naughty step.

Glasgow are on course to set some unwanted records with their discipline this season. With a deadeye kicker like Sam Davies on the other side, giving away soft penalties really isn’t an option if Danny Wilson’s men want to keep their Rainbow Cup campaign alive.

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