Need to Know: Stade Rochelais v Glasgow Warriors, Champions Cup match preview 2021/22

KO 3.15 (4.15 CET) at Stade Marcel Deflandre
Sunday 12th December 2021

Live on BT Sport 3

  • The Warriors have only played one Champions Cup in the last 22 months.
  • Glasgow have played 21 Heineken Champions Cup matches on French soil but have just 5 wins to their name.
  • There is a distinct split though with the club emerging victorious on just one occasion in their first 14 attempts, then notching 4 wins out of 7 since the start of the 2014/15 season.
  • Glasgow’s only away win in Round 1 of the Champions Cup came in their very first appearance in the tournament against Ulster at Ravenhill in 1997.
  • Jeremy Sinzelle and Victor Vito are the only Stade Rochelais starters who filled the same roles when these sides met at the Stade Marcel Deflandre in 2019. For Glasgow, Sam Johnson, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings and Matt Fagerson are the only players doubling up.
  • Glasgow have selected their youngest starting XV of the season so far (average age 26.1 years).
  • Fleet footed flyer, Rufus McLean, is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

STADE ROCHELAIS

GLASGOW

Brice Dulin
Jules Favre
Jeremy Sinzelle
Jonathan Danty
Arthur Retiere
Ihaia West
Tawera Kerr-Barlow

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Josh McKay
Kyle Steyn
Sione Tuipulotu
Sam Johnson
Rufus McLean
Ross Thompson
Ali Price

Reda Wardi
Pierre Bourgarit
Uini Atonio
Romain Sazy
Will Skelton
Paul Boudehent
Victor Vito
Gregory Alldritt

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Oli Kebble
George Turner
Zander Fagerson
Scott Cummings
Richie Gray
Matt Fagerson
Rory Darge
Jack Dempsey

Guillaume Lagahe
Dany Priso
Ramiro Herrera
Thomas Lavault
Remi Bourdeau
Pierre Popelin
Eneriko Biliruarua
Thomas Berjon

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Johnny Matthews
Jamie Bhatti
Enrique Pieretto

Lewis Bean
Robert Harley
Ally Miller
George Horne
Duncan Weir

Head to Head:

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

Glasgow Greetings:

Champions Cup debuts for Josh McKay, Sione Tuipulotu, Rufus McLean and Ross Thompson among the backs as well as Rory Darge and Jack Dempsey in the forwards. Johnny Matthews and Ally Miller will also be making their first appearances in this competition when called upon from the bench.

The relatively inexperienced nature of the backs means that Ali Price has more previous Champions Cup appearances (30) than the rest of the backline combined.

Matchday Milestones:

It’s another Ali Price special this week as the hedgehog-headed half back brings up a number of landmarks:

  • This will be his 100th appearance for Glasgow, making him the 49th Warrior Centurion in the club’s history.
  • He is the 39th player and 7th scrum half named to captain Glasgow.
  • Ali will play his 31st consecutive Champions Cup match (23 starts and 8 sub appearances). This is the longest streak among the current squad – he hasn’t missed a European game since making his debut against Racing 92 at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in January 2016.

Warrior to Watch:

There is a brand new – and very exciting looking – back 3 on duty for Glasgow. On his Champions Cup debut, Rufus McLean will be hoping he gets plenty of opportunities to show what he is capable of. Currently second in the United Rugby Championship for both clean breaks and metres gained, Rufus has the ability to make defenders look very silly indeed.

This will be the first time in more than a decade that the Warriors’ back 3 for a Champions Cup game has not included at least one of Stuart Hogg, Niko Matawalu, Tommy Seymour or DTH van der Merwe. Alongside fellow Champions Cup debutant, Josh McKay, and the slightly more experienced Kyle Steyn, Rufus has the chance to be part of the club’s next generation of attacking superstars.

Glasgow away to Stade Rochelais in the Champions Cup:

7/12/19 at Stade Marcel Deflandrereport

Stade Rochelais 24
T: Dany Priso, Zeno Kieft
C: Jules Plisson
P: Jules Plisson (4)

Glasgow Warriors 27
T: Callum Gibbins, Niko Matawalu, Kyle Steyn
C: Adam Hastings (3)
P: Adam Hastings (2)

Previous match-up away to Stade Rochelais in the Champions Cup:

Officials:

Referee: Matt Carley (RFU)
AR1: Tom Foley (RFU)
AR2: Gareth Holsgrove (RFU)
TMO: Ian Tempest (RFU)

Mr Carley’s record for 2020/21:

Matches – 11
Average penalty count – 24.4 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage – 50.8%
Average card count – 1.5 per game
Penalties per card – 15.9

This will be the third time that Mr. Carley has taken charge of a Warriors’ fixture following Montpellier (H) in 2017/18 and Lyon (A) in 2018/19. The English official is a bit of a rarity among the top rank of experienced refs with his high penalty and card counts a bit of a contrast to the more laissez faire, game management style that seems to be the norm these days. The Warriors’ discipline has been a bit of a mixed bag this season – any indiscretions on Sunday are likely to be severely punished by their hosts.


Additional ref stats from: https://www.cardiffrfcfans.com/analysis/referee_heads.php?countryID=2

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