Need to Know: Cardiff v Glasgow Warriors, United Rugby Championship match preview 2021/22

KO 5.15 at Cardiff Arms Park
Saturday 26th March 2022

Live on Premier Sports 1

  • With Glasgow’s last trip to face Cardiff having been hosted at Rodney Parade in Newport it is more than 3 years since the Warriors last visited the Arms Park.
  • That previous encounter in the Welsh capital was a highly entertaining 38-34 away win that saw the sides pick up all 3 possible bonus points between them as well as a club debut for Kyle Steyn.
  • Glasgow have won 17 of their last 18 matches against Cardiff in the league, including 8 from 9 away from home.
  • The Warriors’ last 4 wins in this fixture on Welsh soil have been by 9, 4, 1 and 5 points – victories have almost always been hard earned.
  • Returning Scotland centre, Sam Johnson is the Warrior to Watch.




Hallam Amos
Jason Harries
Willis Halaholo
Ben Thomas
Theo Cabango
Jarrod Evans
Lloyd Williams


Josh McKay
Sebastian Cancelliere
Kyle Steyn
Sam Johnson
Cole Forbes
Ross Thompson
Ali Price

Rhys Carre
Kirby Myhill
Dmitri Arhip
Josh Turnbull (c)
Matthew Screech
James Botham
Josh Navidi
James Ratti


Jamie Bhatti
Fraser Brown (c)
Zander Fagerson
Scott Cummings
Richie Gray
Ryan Wilson (c)
Rory Darge
Jack Dempsey

Kristian Dacey
Corey Domachowski
Dillon Lewis

Teddy Williams
Ellis Jenkins
Jamie Hill
Garyn Smith
Matthew Morgan


Johnny Matthews
Oli Kebble
Murphy Walker
Kiran McDonald
Ally Miller
Jamie Dobie
Duncan Weir
Stafford McDowall

Head to Head:

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

Glasgow Greetings:

It’s been 11 weeks since some of the Warriors’ Scotland stars last played in the URC. Both the club’s Lions – Ali Price and Zander Fagerson – as well as their 2021/22 player of the season – OTOTM is calling it early for Rory Darge – are back in action for what will be a crucial fixture in Glasgow’s push for the playoffs and, ideally, a top 4 spot.

Matchday Milestones:

Zander Fagerson will make his 50th start in the URC – there are only 6 other players in the current Glasgow squad who have achieved that feat.

Warrior to Watch:

Sam Johnson’s winning streak for Scotland might have come to an end last week but one of Glasgow’s most consistent performers will get straight back on the horse as he returns to domestic action this Saturday.

While there are plenty of forwards maintaining a 90%+ tackle completion rate in the league, Johnson is a relative rarity as a back who is sitting at 93%. In attack, he is a dependable carrier who he can get Glasgow on the front foot by sitting down defenders (either by a bit of evasion or a more industrial bosh that speaks to his time in rugby league).

Sam often goes under the radar as someone who just does everything well. He’s the kind of player that helps knit a backline together and who the coaching staff knows will just knuckle down and get on with whatever role they need him to fill at inside centre.

The former Queensland Red should hit a century of appearances for the club at some point next season. The quiet man who arrived with little fanfare in 2015 has really played a big part in the life of the Warriors over the last 7 years.

Glasgow away to Cardiff in the PRO12/PRO14/URC era:

  • 8 wins
  • 1 loss
  • 2 try BPs
  • 1 losing BP
  • 35 points out of a possible 45 (78%)

Previous match-up away to Cardiff:


Referee: AJ Jacobs (SARU, 9th league game)
AR1: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
AR2: Simon Rees (WRU)
TMO: David Rose (RFU)

Mr Jacob’s record for 2021/22:

Matches – 5
Average penalty count – 22.4 per game
Home side penalties conceded percentage – 45.5%
Average card count – 1.4 per game
Penalties per card – 16.0

This will be Mr Jacob’s third match in the URC outside South Africa and the first where he will take charge of a Warriors’ fixture. His previous 2 games in the northern hemisphere have both featured a couple of yellow cards. His last outing (in South Africa) included a brace of reds! Glasgow have gone into this game pretty much as fully loaded as they can and won’t want to lose any of the benefit of their stacked lineup through indiscipline.

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