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

KO 8.00 at Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday 22nd January 2022

Live on BT Sport 2

  • Glasgow have won 9, drawn 1 and lost 11 of their Champions Cup matches at home to French opposition.
  • Since 2015 onwards that record reads won 4, lost 2 (that was following an 8 year run of 7 games with just a single victory).
  • It’s a little over two years since these teams last met at Scotstoun but no less than 30 of the players on duty that night won’t be involved on Saturday. Paul Boudenhout and Gregory Alldritt are the only men in the French side’s XV who also started in December 2019 (6 for Glasgow – Kyle Steyn, Ali Price, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings and Matt Fagerson).
  • At 923kgs this is the heaviest starting pack named by Glasgow for a match this season.
  • The visitors have never lost a fixture in Scotland having beaten Glasgow (once) and Edinburgh (twice) on their own turf in European competition.
  • 3 of Stade Rochelais’ starting lineup have the initials PB, which must make collecting the correct initialed training gear a challenge…
  • Level headed stand off Ross Thompson is the Warrior to Watch.

Teams

GLASGOW
WARRIORS

STADE
ROCHELAIS

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

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Brice Dulin
Dillyn Leyds
Raymond Rhule
Jonathan Danty
Pierre Boudehent
Pierre Popelin
Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Oli Kebble
Fraser Brown (c)
Zander Fagerson
Scott Cummings
Richie Gray
Matt Fagerson
Rory Darge
Jack Dempsey

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Dany Priso
Pierre Bourgarit
Uini Atonio
Romain Sazy
Remi Picquette
Remi Bourdeau
Paul Boudehent
Gregory Alldritt

George Turner
Jamie Bhatti
Simon Berghan
Kiran McDonald
Ryan Wilson
George Horne
Duncan Weir
Ollie Smith

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Facundo Bosch
Leo Aouf
Guram Papidze

Thomas Lavault
Mathieu Tanguy
Thomas Berjon
Ihaia West
Eneriko Buliruarua

Head to Head:

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

Changes to Starting XVs from Round 1:

Glasgow (In –> Out)

  • 11. Rufus McLean* –> Cole Forbes
  • 2. Fraser Brown –> George Turner

*NB Rufus was originally named to start the match in La Rochelle but was a late withdrawal from the lineup.

Stade Rochelais (In –> Out)

  • 14. Dillyn Leyds –> Jules Favre
  • 13. Raymond Rhule –> Jeremy Sinzelle
  • 11. Pierre Boudehent –> Arthur Retiere
  • 10. Pierre Popelin –> Ihaia West
  • 1. Dany Priso –> Reda Wardi
  • 5. Will Skelton –> Remi Picquette
  • 6/7. Remi Bourdeau –> Victor Vito with Paul Boudehent moving from 6 to 7

Glasgow Greetings:

A trio of players are in line to make their first appearances in the Champions Cup for the Warriors – Rufus McLean, Simon Berghan and Ollie Smith. While Rufus and Ollie are completely new to this competition, Simon has 9 previous matches under his belt for Edinburgh.

Matchday Milestones:

This will be the 232nd and last game for Kenny Murray as a coach of the Warriors. Since the start of the 2013/14 season, he has been the one consistent presence on Glasgow’s coaching staff and his steadying influence will be missed. Best of luck with the new job, Kenny!

Saturday night’s game will be the 200th top level club match for Richie Gray. The giant lock kicked off his career when he came off the bench in Glasgow’s fixture against Ulster at Ravenhill on 7th March 2009. This will be the 71st time he has appeared for the Warriors. Adding in 63 games for Castres, 50 for Toulouse and 16 for Sale brings the elder Gray to his double century.

Ali Price’s 33rd appearance in the Champions Cup moves him level with Peter Horne, Al Kellock and Graeme Morrison on the club’s all-time list for matches in this tournament. Just three Warriors’ backs have managed more games in the top European competition – Tommy Seymour (42), Stuart Hogg (38) and Tommy Hayes (36).

Warrior to Watch:

Ross Thompson is the only player to make every Glasgow lineup so far this season (Sione Tuipulotu will also have featured in every game played but wasn’t in the 23 named for the postponed match v Edinburgh). The young stand off’s maturity has shone through as he has made the number 10 jersey his own.

Ross is a triple threat for the Warriors with a superb balance to his running, passing and kicking games. It’s that rounded style that really suits the way Glasgow are currently trying to play. It starts with power up front and an eye on sensible territorial games but requires the ability to flick the switch to attacking brilliance when it’s on. That’s not an easy balance to strike but Thompson is learning his role well.

The stand off is a brave defender too, rocking a 96% completion rate for his tackles in this season’s United Rugby Championship. His goalkicking is probably the facet of his game that has stood out the most since his debut. Barely a year into his Warriors’ career and he is fast closing in on 200 points. He will continue to be a central figure as Glasgow look to make the knockout stages in both the Champions Cup and URC.

Glasgow at home to Stade Rochelais in the Champions Cup:

14/12/19 Scotstoun Report

Glasgow Warriors 7
T: Fraser Brown
C: Adam Hastings
P: none
Stade Rochelais 16
T: Jules Favre, Levani Botia
C: Brock James
P: Alexi Bales

Previous match-up at Scotstoun:

Officials:

Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
AR1: Michael Hudson (England)
AR2: John Meredith (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)

Mr Dickson’s regular season record for 2020/21:

Matches – 15
Average penalty count – 26.3 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage – 51.4%
Average card count – 2.1 per game
Penalties per card – 12.7

Not to worry anyone but Mr Dickson has the highest penalty and card counts of any referee Glasgow have had this season! This will be the English official’s first visit to Scotstoun, although he did take charge of the club’s Challenge Cup Round of 16 match away at Montpellier last season. That game saw no less than 32 penalties and 4 cards (2 yellows for the home side plus one to Nick Grigg and a red for TJ Ioane).


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

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