Glasgow v Connacht: Stafford McDowall takes over as skipper for final league match of URC

Kyle Steyn and Fagerson brothers rested ahead of next weekend's Challenge Cup semi-final

Stafford McDowall will captain Glasgow Warriors versus Connacht tomorrow [Saturday] night. Image: © Craig Watson -
Stafford McDowall will captain Glasgow Warriors versus Connacht tomorrow [Saturday] night. Image: © Craig Watson -

STAFFORD McDOWALL will captain Glasgow Warriors in their final game of the regular season against Connacht at Scotstoun tomorrow [Saturday] night, with club skipper Kyle Steyn  being rested ahead of next weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final clash against the Scarlets in Llanelli.

This weekend’s match is effectively a dead-rubber. Warriors are currently fourth in the table and can only climb to third if Stormers get nothing out of their home game against Benetton tonight [Friday] and they pick-up a bonus point win over Connacht. That is an unlikely scenario.

The real incentive for this match is to keep momentum going by extending their run without defeats to Scotstoun to 17 matches.

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In the pack, Matt and Zander Fagerson as well as Jamie Bhatti drop to the bench, which is offset by experienced head such as  Richie Gray, Scott Cummings, Jack Dempsey and Fraser Brown returning to the starting fifteen. Behind the scrum, Sione Tuipulotu is missing with a shoulder injury, while Huw Jones continues at full-back.

“We were pleased to earn a win in challenging conditions last week, and our focus is now to maintain our recent momentum tomorrow night,” said head coach Franco Smith. “Connacht will pose a strong test, and will come here looking to play their brand of rugby. We look forward to the challenge and to running out in front of our home supporters tomorrow night.”


Glasgow (v Connacht at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday night @ 7.35pm): H Jones J Dobie, S McDowall©, S Johnson, C Forbes; T Jordan, A Price; A Dell, F Brown, L Sordoni, S Cummings, R Gray, R Darge, S Vailanu, J Dempsey. Substitutes: J Matthews, J Bhatti, Z Fagerson, J du Preez, L Bean, G Horne, D Miotti.

Connacht: T O’Halloran; J Porch, T Farrell, C Forde, B Ralston; Jack Carty (Capt), C Blade; D Buckley, D Tierney-Martin, F Bealham, O Dowling, N Murray, J Murphy, C Oliver, C Prendergast. Substitutes: E de Buitléar, P Dooley, S Illo, D Murray, S Hurley-Langton, K Marmion, T Daly, S Jennings.


Glasgow players unavailable for selection: Sebastian Cancelliere (knee), Sintu Manjezi (knee), Jack Mann (head), Josh McKay (foot), Cameron Neild (calf), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Ross Thompson (foot), Sione Tuipulotu (shoulder), George Turner (shoulder)

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  1. I think the clash with the A team match probably means that fewer first team regulars get a rest than we may have expected. But maybe not. Someone noted Berghan is missing, and Ollie Smith isn’t on the injured list either. Franco has got us this far, so I think he knows what he’s doing!

  2. hopefully Sordoni goes uninjured for at least an hour.
    Zander as rested for the Drags game on 1 April but I’d have left him out for this one. Ditto Gray.
    With Pieretto still injured, and Walker with the A side (a problem of the A teams playing) left Glasgow with Zander or Bergan for the bench. No idea why Bergan isn’t involved unless the coaches think he couldn’t handle the squint scrummaging face planting Connaght loose head

  3. Unlikely that even a mathematical impossibility will bag us 3rd in the league. As such why aren’t we doing as Leinster have in SA and play as few 1st team players as possible to allow rest and the impossibility of injury with a semi final and quarter final on the horizon? Obviously the answer is Franco knows best and wants to keep the squad winning and match hardened but even so key players like Gray, Vailanu, Dempsey and Jones are clicking up the miles when they don’t have to.

  4. Zander listed above as being on the bench, not rested – shome mishtake shurely – he certainly should be rested & I hope this is the case

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