Glasgow v Scarlets: 10 changes for Warriors ahead of bid to secure home URC play-off

Huw Jones swaps from centre to full-back for penultimate clash of regular season

Huw Jones has moved from centre to full-back for Glasgow Warriors' clash versus Scarlets tomorrow night. Image: ©Craig Watson
Huw Jones has moved from centre to full-back for Glasgow Warriors' clash versus Scarlets tomorrow night. Image: ©Craig Watson

FRANCO SMITH has made 10 personnel changes and one positional change to the starting XV which battled to victory in last weekend’s Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against the Lions, ahead of tomorrow [Friday] night’s home URC encounter against the Scarlets.

Warriors need a win to guarantee a home draw in the URC’s end of season play-offs, although they will have another bite at the cherry against Connacht next weekend if they don’t get the job done this weekend. They will also qualify for that one play-off if they lose to Scarlets but Munster fail to beat Stormers away tomorrow evening.,

Captain Kyle Steyn is the only backline retained in the same position as they started last weekend’s game. Scrum-half Ali Price, stand-off Tom  Jordan, inside-centre Sam Johnson, outside-centre Stafford McDowall and winger Cole Forbes are all added to the line-up, while Huw Jones swaps the No 13 for the No 15 jersey.


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In the pack, Johnny Matthews takes over the No 2 after scoring five tries in his last start against the Dragons a fortnight ago, Lewis Bean and JP du Preez swap in from the bench for Scott Cumming and Richie Gray, while Ryan Wilson (who is leaving the club after 13 years at the end of this season) and Sione Vailanu are added to a reshuffled back-row,

Jack Dempsey is listed as having a back injury and Sione Tuipulotu is missing with a shoulder issue but neither are thought to be long-term. George Horne and George Turner are among the players not involved this week although those listed as injured are not tough to be too serious.

It is ‘Paint Scotstoun Purple’ night, in support of the club’s Official Charity Partner, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, with a host of ‘activations’ planned.

“Tomorrow night presents another good test for our squad, against a team that has been performing well in recent weeks,” said head coach Smith.

“Training has been competitive this week, with everyone keen to put their hand up for selection.

“We look forward to running out in front of our home supporters tomorrow night, and we hope to see Scotstoun turn purple for a great cause.”

 

Glasgow (v Scarlets at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night @ 7.35pm): H Jones K Steyn©, S McDowall, S Johnson, C Forbes; T Jordan, A Price; J Bhatti, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, L Bean, J du Preez, R Wilson, M Fagerson, S Vailanu. Substitutes: F Brown, N McBeth. S Berghan, R Gray, S Cummings, R Darge, J Dobie, D Miotti.

Scarlets: T Rogers; S Evans, I Nicholas, E James, R Conbeer; D Jones, K Hardy; W Jones, S Evans, S Wainwright, M Jones, V Fifita, W Shenton, J Macleod©, C Tuipulotu. Substitutes: D Hughes, S Thomas, J Sebastian, A Shingler, I Rees, D Blacker, R Patchell, J Roberts

 

Unavailable for selection: Sebastian Cancelliere (knee), Facundo Cordero (hamstring), Jack Dempsey (back), Sintu Manjezi (knee), Jack Mann (head), Josh McKay (foot), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Ross Thompson (foot), Sione Tuipulotu (shoulder).


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9 Comments

  1. Good looking team, will be interesting to see Jones at 15 where he did run out for Quins with some success. How many tries for Mathews this week?. We need a 5 pointer to keep ahead of Munster for 4th place. It looks like Scarlets are keeping their powder dry for the cup game, to be expected.

  2. By no means a full-strength Glasgow team and large quantities of powder are either being kept dry or in reserve. The Scarlets will test them to the full, so a solid all-round performance will be required. If Dobie is used then for heaven’s sake put him at scrum half and not the wing, where his talents are wasted. Otherwise hand him over to Edinburgh, who have no number nines of the same standard as the Glasgow trio – all three of who need more game time in their correct position. Someone should have been given an HIA after handing Steele a contract.

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  3. Seems that Zander doesn’t get much of a rest these days, I thought this would have been a good opportunity to go so, especially with so many big games coming up & that he’s probably Scotlands 2nd most important player

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    • Yeah…it just reflects the chronic lack of quality THs in Scotland…even Glasgow can’t drop him becuase of the standards drop.
      We really should retain Nel as a prominent domestic coach for upcoming THs.

    • I would think that Zander will get a rest for the Connacht game, if they tie up a home QF tonight.

  4. 2/3 of a team changed and it doesn’t really look any weaker.
    For a change there is some real strength in depth in Glasgow at least.

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  5. Good looking team. Not so great to hear that Jack Dempsey (back) and Sione Tuipulotu (shoulder) have gone on to the injury list.

    • Suspect that Dempsey and Sione are just being managed… still a great looking team, sorry to see Shuggie be the one to have to leave his best position to cover the back 3, but then again he looked great there at Quinns so testament to his ability.

      Scarlets have gone light, resting most big names who also seem to appear on the injury list??, so should be a solid win.

      • Huw also looked great there before he left Glasgow, but as you say looked to the manor born at Quins.
        With McKay injured, Smith due a rest, Forbes needed on the wing due to lack of wingers not many other options for full back – suppose they could have split the other successful centre pairing of Johnson and McDowell by playing the later at FB

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