URC: Benetton v Glasgow: two changes to Warriors team for trip to Treviso

Sebastian Cancelliere and Nathan McBeth are back in the starting 15

Sebastian Cancelliere will return to action on the wing for Glasgow Warriors against Scarlets tomorrow [Friday] night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Sebastian Cancelliere is back on the wing for Glasgow Warriors against Benetton tomorrow. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

FRANCO Smith has made just two personnel changes to his Glasgow team to play Benetton tomorrow – one in the backs and one up front.  Sebastian Cancelliere returns from injury on the right wing, while Nathan McBeth starts at loosehead prop after having come on as a replacement in the comfortable  victory over the Dragons two weeks ago.

With Cancelliere back in the No 14 jersey, his Argentinian compatriot Facundo Cordero switches to the left. Jamie Dobie, who played at 11 against the Dragons, resumes his usual position of scrum-half, taking over from Ben Afshar. McBeth replaces Jamie Bhatti, who is not in the 23 for the trip to Treviso.

Hookers Gregor Hiddleston and  Angus Fraser are again both on the bench, although this time round Hiddleston is listed at 16 and Fraser at 21 – the numbers were reversed two weeks ago – in a 6-2 split. Allan Dell comes in as loosehead replacement, Ally Miller takes over from Ruaraidh Hart, and Afshar takes the place of Sean Kennedy.

Nine players are listed as  unavailable because of injury: Fraser Brown (knee), Gregor Brown (knee), Richie Gray (bicep), Jack Mann (ankle), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), Sione Tuipulotu (knee), Sione Vailanu (knee) and Murphy Walker (knee).

Another nine have been retained by Scotland ahead of next week’s Six Nations match in Rome: Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, George Horne, Huw Jones, Kyle Rowe and George Turner.

“Benetton will be defending a proud home record tomorrow afternoon, and have been in strong form across this season to date,” head coach Smith said on the Warriors website. “They have recruited well and have developed their squad across the board, providing a strong opponent for us that we will need to be at our best to overcome.

“We’re pleased to welcome back Sebastian into our team, with a lot of credit to go to the medical and S&C teams for the work they do with all of our players as they target their return to play dates.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Benetton at Stadio di Monigo, Saturday 3pm): J McKay; S Cancelliere, S McDowall (captain), T Jordan, F Cordero; R Thompson, J Dobie; N McBeth, J Matthews, L Sordoni, M Williamson, A Samuel, E Ferrie, T Gordon, H Venter. Replacements: G Hiddleston, A Dell, O Kebble, S Manjezi, A Miller, A Fraser, B Afshar, D Weir.

Benetton: J Umaga;  I Mendy, M Fekitoa, M Zanon, O Ratave; T Albornoz,  A Garbisi;  T Gallo, S Maile, S Ferrari, G Koegelenberg, E Snyman (captain),  A Izekor,  G Pettinelli, T Halafihi. ReplacementsF Zani, I Nemer, T Pasquali, R Favretto, E Iachizzi, H Time-Stowers, A Uren, G Da Re.

Referee: Eoghan Cross (Ireland).

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  1. What’s happened to Kyle Steyn? Not retained by Scotland, not injured and not in 23 for tonight. Does this mean probably not going to Rome next weekend or simply given some time off to be with his family, which would be a decent thing to do. Possibly just reading too much into it …..

  2. Difficult game away to Treviso, but this is an excellent team to field during the 6N, best of luck to the lads.

    Glasgow list 9 out with injuries, but an incredible 7 of those are knees.

    I know that some will say there is no conclusive evidence between artificial pitches and the actual injury, but…. surely there is at least a link with wear and tear culminating in injury??

    • It’s a good question about the pitch. Tuipolotu’s injury happened on the grass at Murrayfield, and others may have happened on grass too. Plus we’ve had the artificial pitch for a few years, and I don’t remember seeing as many knee injuries in previous years. I am sure someone will be looking into whether it is a factor or not though.

  3. Nice to see a team with to two wingers playing, the stand-ins have done well but can’t really compare …

  4. Nice looking team, with the main Scotland guys gone. Great collection of backs and another game for the McDowall and Jordan partnership at center and Mathews as well, what’s not to like. This should be a tough game.

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