Glasgow v Bath: ten changes to Warriors line-up

Franco Smith's side need just one point to earn a home draw in the last 16 of the Challenge Cup

Johnny Matthews
Johnny Matthews is just one of five Glasgow players to keep his place from last week. Image: © Craig Watson -

FRANCO SMITH has again made multiple changes to his Glasgow team for tomorrow night’s Challenge Cup pool match against Bath, with only five players being retained from last Saturday’s win over Perpignan. The Warriors, who qualified for the knockout stages thanks to that result in France, now only need a point against the English club to ensure a home draw in the last 16.

Full-back Josh McKay is the only member of the back division to keep his place, while up front last week’s man of the match Johnny Matthews, plus Lucio Sordoni, Richie Gray and Euan Ferrie all keep their jerseys.

“It’s important for us to keep our momentum going into a match against a strong opponent,” said head coach Smith, whose team have won their last seven games in both competitions. “As always, we know we still need to improve on aspects of our game and it’s good for some players who weren’t involved last weekend to come in and pull on our jersey.”

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Thirteen players are named as unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (head), Gregor Brown (foot), Scott Cummings (foot), Rory Darge (ankle), Zander Fagerson (hamstring), Oli Kebble (shoulder), Sintu Manjezi (knee), Jack Mann (head), Domingo Miotti (back), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Ross Thompson (ankle), Murphy Walker (neck) and Ryan Wilson (knee).

Glasgow Warriors (v Bath at Scotstoun, Friday 8pm): J McKay; S Cancelliere, S Tuipulotu, H Jones, K Steyn (captain); T Jordan, A Price; J Bhatti, J Mathews, L Sordoni, A Samuel, R Gray, E Ferrie, S Vailanu, M Fagerson. Substitutes: G Turner, N McBeth, S Berghan, J du Preez, L Bean, T Gordon, G Horne, D Weir.

Bath: O Bailey; M Ojomoh, O Lawrence. C Redpath, J Cokanasiga; P Francis, L Schreuder; J Schoeman, T Dunn (captain), J Jonker, W Spencer, F Lee-Warner, T Hill, C Cloete, M Reid. Substitutes: N Annett, V Morozov, D Rae, T Ellis, R de Carpentier, B Spencer, M Gallagher, J Joseph.

Referee: L Ramos (France).

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  1. About 20 unforced errors put paid to any momentum Glasgow may have had, tried to run too much, good defence and loads of errors nullified almost all positive attacking moves. Turner poor, Price did little to suggest he starts at Twickenham. Tuipulotu a real handful but him and Jones given little space to run.

  2. Good looking team for a must win game for a home knock out stage game. Might have preferred a Horne/Dobie 9 pairing but rotation I know. Good to see Mathews get another start, and Dempsey rested also, I think he plays a bit to much. Would also have liked du Preeze and Gray start again I think they make a formidable pair that would benefit from more game time together.

  3. It is a tribute to Glasgow’s strength in depth that they can rotate a squad so completely and still look strong week in, week out. Very much looking forward to seeing young Samuel play, for glimpses at this level have been impressive so far.


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