Edinburgh v Glasgow countdown: Warriors tinker with a winning formula

Johnny Matthews, Tom Jordan and Tom Gordon are all added to starting XV

Johnny Matthews will return to Glasgow Warriors' starting XV at hooker against Edinburgh this weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Johnny Matthews will return to Glasgow Warriors' starting XV at hooker against Edinburgh this weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Franco Smith has made three changes to the starting XV which secured a 22-10 home win over Edinburgh last weekend, ahead of the 1872 Cup double-header return-leg tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon].

Free-scoring Johnny Matthews returns at hooker with George Turner dropping to the bench, Tom Gordon replaces the injured Sione Vailanu in a mobile back-row which sees Ally Miller shift from blindside flanker to No 8, and Tom Jordan replaced Ross Thompson at stand-off.

“We are expecting another tough encounter tomorrow afternoon – while it is a big privilege for our players to play at Murrayfield, we expect Edinburgh to come out hard as they look to rectify their missed opportunities at Scotstoun last weekend as we know they still believe they can win this tie,” said Smith.


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“We have prepared well for this challenge and will look to be the best version of ourselves tomorrow, as we keep working hard to make each other better.

“We know that we will have a strong travelling support inside Murrayfield tomorrow and we want to put on a performance to finish the calendar year on a high.”

 

Glasgow Warriors (versus Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium in the URC  on Friday at 7.35pm UK time): J McKay; H Jones, S Tuipulotu©, S McDowall, K Rowe; T Jordan, G Horne; J Bhatti, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, R Gray, T Gordon, R Darge, A Miller. Substitutes: G Turner, N McBeth, O Kebble, G Peterson, M Williamson, H Venter, B Afshar, R Thompson.

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Gregor Brown (knee), Sebastian Cancelliere (neck), Jack Dempsey (face), Jamie Dobie (ankle), Matt Fagerson (face), Sintu Manjezi (foot), Enrique Pieretto (knee), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), Lucio Sordoni (shoulder), Kyle Steyn (ankle), Sione Vailanu (knee), Murphy Walker (knee).


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6 Comments

  1. I have low expectations for this one. I expect the Edinburgh back row to overpower the Glasgow back row. Not sure we will get away with picking Jones on the wing twice. Really hope we get one or two back fit soon.

  2. Still a good team but injuries are a growing concern,especially ball carriers like Vailanu, Fagerson and Dempsey. Interesting to see if playing Miller changes our attacking tactics?

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  3. Still a good team but injuries are a growing concern,especially ball carriers like Vailanu, Fagerson and Dempsey. Interesting to see if playing Miller changes our attacking tactics?

    • It’s a good question. I think Glasgow’s advantage last time was that they stuck to their we’ll established game plan, and Edinburgh played more conservatively because of the weather. Does picking Darge and Gordon signify a cunning plan, or just that we’re short of back row options?

  4. Wow that’s some injury list for Glasgow , putting a 1st choice team out is getting tough. Still it looks a good team. Lets hope Mathews gets the maul working well. Think we will miss Vailanu this week.

    • Yeah, was just thinking that the Warriors injury list is really starting to lengthen. Forecast not looking that great either – cold and wet – unfortunately.

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