DANNY WILSON has made one enforced and six selection changes to his starting XV for tomorrow night’s crucial United Rugby Championship clash against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
As reported earlier in the week, Kyle Steyn is out with an achilles injury so is replaced on the wing by Cole Forbes. There are two other changes in the back-line with Stafford McDowall coming in at inside-centre and Sam Johnson, who didn’t train much this week due to an ankle injury, dropping to the bench, while Duncan Weir takes over from Ross Thompson at stand-off.
In the pack, Ryan Wilson returns from a dead-leg to captain the side from blindside flanker, record appearance holder Rob Harley takes over from Kiran McDonald in the second-row, Jamie Bhatti swaps in for Oli Kebble at loose-head prop and George Turner replaces Johnny Matthews at hooker.
“After a physical encounter with the Stormers last weekend, we’re looking forward to another challenging test against the Bulls tomorrow night,” said head coach Wilson.
“We’re pleased to welcome back the experience of club co-captains Ryan Wilson and Fraser Brown.
“The Bulls are a physical side who have been very good at home and we’ll need to be at our best when we take them on tomorrow night in Pretoria.”
This is not quite a must-win match but the race for top eight play-off places in the URC is getting tight, and Warriors, who currently sit sixth in the table, could easily drop to eighth with ninth place Scarlets breathing over their shoulder if they don’t get anything out of this penultimate match of the regular season.
Glasgow Warriors (v Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, Friday @6pm): O Smith; J McKay, S Tuipulotu, S McDowall, C Forbes; D Weir, A Price; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Harley, R Gray, R Wilson©, R Darge, J Dempsey. Substitutes: F Brown, O Kebble, S Berghan, K McDonald, T Gordon, J Dobie, R Thompson, S Johnson.
Unavailable for selection: Sebastian Canceilliere, Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Rufus McLean, Kyle Steyn.
Vodacom Bulls: C Moodie; J Verity-Arm, L Mope, C Hendricks, M Tambwe; M Steyn, Z Burger; G Steenekamp, J Grobbelaar, M Smith, W Steenkamp, R Nortje, M Coetzee©, A Botha, E Louw. Substitutes: J Wessels, S Matanzima, D Smith, J Swanepoel, C Brink, E Papier, C Smith, H Vorster.
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