URC: Glasgow v Sharks: two changes to Warriors starting XV

Facundo Cordero and Henco Venter added to starting XV

Argentinean winger Facundo Cordero will make his third Glasgow Warriors appearance against Sharks on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Argentinean winger Facundo Cordero will make his third Glasgow Warriors appearance against Sharks on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Franco Smith has made two changes to the starting XV he sent out to face Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop in the Champions Cup quarter-finals a fortnight ago, ahead of tomorrow [Friday] evening’s return to URC action against the Sharks at Scotstoun.

Rory Darge has an ankle injury so Henco Venter is promoted to starting openside flanker with Tom Gordon added to the bench, while Josh McKay is rested after being ill earlier this week so Kyle Rowe switches to full-back and Facundo Cordero comes in on the left wing.

Meanwhile, prop Oli Kebble will make his 100th appearance for the club when he is deployed off the bench. Ross Thompson also comes into the squad as midfield-backs cover in place of Duncan Weir.

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“The Sharks will pose a significant test tomorrow night, and we know that we will have to perform well to get the right result,” said Smith.

“They have a squad filled with powerful forwards and dangerous backs, and they have the potential to cause problems from anywhere on the field.

“We have worked hard all week in preparation for this match, as we also look to celebrate the work of the inspirational team at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity at Scotstoun tomorrow night.”

Meanwhile, the Sharks have changed their entire starting line-up, resting a number of leading Springboks – including Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Eben Etzebeth, Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi and Vincent Koch – for this match.

Glasgow Warriors (v Sharks in the URC at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday @ 7.35pm): K Rowe; K Steyn ©, S McDowall, S Tuipulotu, F Cordero; T Jordan, G Horne; N McBeth, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, M Williamson, S Cummings, M Fagerson, H Venter, J Dempsey. Replacements: G Hiddleston, O Kebble, L Sordoni, S Manjezi, A Miller, T Gordon, J Dobie, R Thompson.

Sharks: B Chamberlain; E Keyter, M Koster, F Venter ©, A Dyantyi; C Bosch, G Williams; N Mchunu, D Jooste, H Jacobs, C Rahl, G Grobler, T Mavesere, L Labuschagne, N Hatton. Replacements: F Mbatha, K Mona, V Koch, E van Heerden, V Tshituka, C Wright, S Masuku, E Hooker.


Unavailable for selection: Jamie Bhatti (foot), Fraser Brown (knee), Sebastian Cancelliere (knee), Rory Darge (ankle), Richie Gray (bicep), Huw Jones (hand), Josh McKay (illness), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), George Turner (foot), Sione Vailanu (knee).

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  1. Looks a good team, while the Sharks are sending the 2nd’s to play. We need every BP as well, in the run to the regular season end. It looks like tomorrow night it might not be raining so that should help a fast running game, which should suit us. Two tough games away against Bulls and Lions and two against Zebre. The Bulls game should determine who finishes 2nd.

  2. Sharks still have a few decent players in that team but nothing like the team that Edinburgh faced last week. Im sure Franco will ensure they avoid complacency but definitely a chance for a 5 pointer.

    There is a bit of luck with some of these fixtures regards what strength of team gets put out. We had the Bulls last week putting out a seriously weak side against Northampton which they should be penalised for. The Bulls have kept their top team at home awaiting various visits over the next few weeks from the European teams including Glasgow. The Glasgow game may decide who gets 2nd place in the league.


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