Leinster v Glasgow: Gregor Brown starts in only change to Warriors line-up

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Jamie Bhatti is happily settled back at Glasgow after a short but happy stint with Bath. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DANNY WILSON has made just one change to the starting XV which lost to Edinburgh a fortnight ago ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s United Rugby Championship play-off clash against Leinster at the RDS, with 20-year-old Gregor Brown coming in to start at openside flanker.

Tom Gordon drops to a bench which has a six-two split between forwards and backs, and which features hooker Fraser Brown and scrum-half Gorge Horne making their comebacks after lengthy injury lay-offs.

Defeat in this match will bring the curtain down on the season for Warriors while victory will set-up a secure a home URC play-off semi-final against either the Cell C Sharks or Vodacom Bulls next weekend.

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“We’re excited to be in a quarter-final and playing away at Leinster is as big a challenge as it gets,” said head coach Wilson “Leinster have been the benchmark in the league in recent years.

“We know we go into this game as underdogs, but we’re confident that we have prepared well this week, welcome the challenge this game presents and look forward to putting our own imprint on the game.”

Meanwhile, Leinster have made seven personnel and two positional changes to the starting team from last weekend’s Heineken Cup Final defeat to La Rochelle with stand-off Jonny Sexton, winger James Lowe and hooker Ronan Kelleher among those who have dropped out the squad altogether, while centre Robbie Henshaw and back-row Jack Conan have dropped to the bench.

Glasgow Warriors (v Leinster at RDS Arena, Saturday 3.15pm): O Smith; J McKay, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, R McLean; R Thompson, A Price; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Harley, R Gray, R Wilson (captain), G Brown, J Dempsey. Substitutes: F Brown, O Kebble, S Berghan, L Bean, K McDonald, T Gordon, G Horne, D Miotti.

Leinster: J O’Brien; J Armour, G Ringrose, C Frawley, R O’Loughlin; R Byrne, J Gibson-Park; A Porter. D Sheehan, R Furlong, J McCarthy, J Ryan, R Baird, J van der Flier, C Doris. Substitues: S Cronin, C Healy, M Ala’alatoa, R Molony, J Conan, L McGrath, H Byrne, R Henshaw.


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  1. Can’t even be bothered penning the tirade that was brewing as the game progressed. Put simply there is no way back for rugby in Glasgow after that unless there is a deep, thorough and systematic clear out of the dross that now passes for a once proud rugby club.

  2. Well…………… after 8 mins 0-7 (2 excellent Thompson kicks and some forceful and positive play. (As posted) I thought “right great start no mistakes now” missed touch needless YC missed touch 21-7 game gone.
    What followed was a Training match for Leinster.
    Canny be bothered writing anymore

  3. Just read team selection v Leinster and after the humiliation in Edinburgh would have expected some sort of reaction from coaches but yet again they reward mediocrity from senior players with a vote of confidence. Can’t really expect on field leadership when there is none off field and how Danny Wilson expects any return against Leinster second row with his selection and then behind leaves Gordon on sidelines whist picking Ryan Wilson in the hope of him slowing opposition ball???
    Love to come back on after the game and apologise for my comments but see a further humiliation looming and further disconnect between loyal fans and the club.

  4. The season comes down to this, lose and the season must be judged a failure. We are in the challenge cup next year,none of our problems of poor discipline , poor decision making , poor skill levels seem to have been solved, the collapse at some part of the game has cost us dearly this year. Our once famed support line running is a thing of the past, We lost , despite leading ,to the two finalists in both European competitions. We should be a better team than our results show, but we are not, I do not think Wilson as a coach is the man to take us forward or even return us to 2015 or 2019 levels. I think tomorrow could be painful.

  5. Watched to the interview with Ronan O’Gara after La Rochelle beat Leinster last week. He said he watched the wins by Cardiff, Ulster and Connacht and key to preventing Leinster playing their brand of rugby is concentrating slowing and disrupting the breakdown to give them slow ball. This he said was what they concentrated on above everything else going into the game. I hope we can do the same, however looking at the team we don’t have the personal or physicality to do this. Especially galling given Rory Darge’s stupid injury being kept on the park to chase a lost cause.

  6. Side by side……the pack looks a little bit light as it has done most of the season . Needing two Strauss’s in there…..one at 2nd row, and one in the back row. R Gray has not won the forward yards I thought he might !! I would have started Georgie….and if he get’s a recurrence of his injury then you know you have a fit player coming on !! Tough ask…..get the head right & up the pain threshold…..who knows !! Go Warriors

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