URC: Glasgow v Stormers: four more World Cup players return for Warriors

Matt Fagerson, Sione Tuipulotu and Ollie Smith all start with Jamie Bhatti on the bench

Sione Tuipulotu is one of four Scotland World Cup players returning to Glasgow Warriors duty against DHL Stormers tomorrow night. Image: © Craig Watson
Sione Tuipulotu is one of four Scotland World Cup players returning to Glasgow Warriors duty against DHL Stormers tomorrow night. Image: © Craig Watson

GLASGOW WARRIORS have been boosted by the return of Matt Fagerson, Sione Tuipulotu and Ollie Smith to their starting XV and Jamie Bhatti to the bench following short post-World Cup breaks ahead of tomorrow [Saturday] night’s home clash against URC table-toppers DHL Stormers. 

However, Ali Price, Jack Dempsey and George Turner have still not returned to club duty, while Huw Jones and club captain Kyle Steyn are listed as injured with foot and ankle issues respectively, having both played in Glasgow’s two previous games so far this season.

Head coach Franco Smith has made seven changes in total to the run-on team he selected for last weekend’s defeat to Connacht in  Galway, with Stafford McDowall captaining the side in Steyn’s absence. Sebastian Cancelliere returns to the back-three after becoming a father for the first time last week, joining Kyle Rowe – a try-scorer on his debut last weekend – and full-back Smith in the starting XV.


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“We made too many unforced errors last weekend and allowed the win to get away from us – Connacht played well and deserved the victory, but we are keen to go out and make things right this weekend,” said Smith.

“The Stormers almost the complete team – they have reached the final in both of the URC seasons to date, they have some outstanding players in both the forwards and the backs, and they are exactly the type of challenge that we are excited about facing.

“We’re looking forward to being back at Scotstoun for our first Friday night match of the season – we’re proud to play at home, and we’re ready for the challenge in store.”

 

Glasgow Warriors (versus DHL Stormers at Scotstoun Stadium in the BKT United Rugby Championship on Friday at 7.35pm): O Smith; S Cancelliere, S Tuipulotu, S McDowall©, K Rowe; T Jordan, G Horne; O Kebble, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, G Peterson, R Gray, G M Fagerson, R Darge, S Vialanu. Substitutes: A Fraser, J Bhatti, L Sordoni, S Cummings, A Samuel, H Venter, J Dobie, D Weir.

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Facundo Cordero (ankle), Euan Ferrie (ankle), Huw Jones (foot), JP du Preez (knee), Kyle Steyn (ankle), Murphy Walker (calf).

 

Stormers: WGelant; A Davids, B Loader, S Feinberg-Mngomezulu, L Zas; J du Plessis, H Jantjies; A Vermaak, J Dweba, N Fouche©, B Dixon, R van Heerden, W Engelbrecht, E Roos, K Morabe. Substitutes: A Venter, L Gqoboka, B Harris, A Smith, G Porter, M Theunissen, S Ungerer, C Blommetjies.


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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

2 Comments

    • My question too!
      Can’t even find radio Scotland MW schedule to find out ..
      It’s shambolic.
      I’m not a techie, my Dad Bill Barton of Watsonian fame used to really get upset at this years ago, unable to attend fixtures live, unable to find out how to listen or watch Scottish rugby.
      He ended up watching the 3rd IV games at Myreside when he could stand for 80minutes, he said that sport had lost its connection once money became King.
      I wonder if BBC Alba telly could offer Viaplay some dosh for the Scottish games, I wish, it was so simple back then when they had Glasgow and Edinburgh, you only had to switch on,press a button and it was there!

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