URC: Lions v Glasgow: five Warriors changes for trip to Johannesburg

Oli Kebble, Angus Fraser, Euan Ferrie, Henco Venter and Kyle Rowe added to starting XV

Angus Fraser comes in at hooker for Glasgow Warriors in Saturday afternoon's URC round 17 clash against Lions in Johannesburg. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Angus Fraser comes in at hooker for Glasgow Warriors in Saturday afternoon's URC round 17 clash against Lions in Johannesburg. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Franco Smith has made five changes to the starting XV he sent out in last weekend’s loss to the Bulls in Pretoria ahead of the second leg of his team’s South African sojourn again Lions in Johannesburg tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon, kicking-off  3.05pm GMT.

Going into this weekend, Warriors sit top of the URC table with two rounds of the regular season to go, but could drop to fourth by Sunday night if they lose their game in conjunction with Leinster (away to Ulster tomorrow night), Munster (away to Edinburgh tonight) and Bulls (at home to Benetton afternoon) all winning.

A top four finish to secure a home play-off quarter-final is all but secure, but finishing first or second would be a big plus as that means home advantage in the semis as well.


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Two of the changes to the starting line-up are in the front-row where Oli Kebble and Angus Fraser come in at loose-head and hooker for the benched Jamie Bhatti and the uninvolved Grant Stewart, respectively.

Meanwhile, in the back-row, Euan Ferrie and Henco Venter replace Matt Fagerson and Jack Dempsey, and the only backline change sees Kyle Rowe replaces Sebastian Cancelliere on the left wing.

“Training this week has been competitive and focused, with everyone looking forward to tomorrow’s challenge,” said Smith,

“The Lions are a dangerous team across the field, who have the ability to hurt any team in transition and who will look to attack from anywhere.

“They will provide us with a stern test, and we know that we will have to be at our best tomorrow afternoon.”

 

Glasgow Warriors (versus  Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday @ 3.05pm BST): J McKay; K Steyn©, S McDowall, S Tuipulotu, K Rowe; T Jordan, G Horne; O Kebble, A Fraser, M Walker, G Brown, S Cummings, E Ferrie, R Darge, H Venter. Replacements: J Matthews, J Bhatti, Z Fagerson, M Williamson, M Fagerson, J Dempsey , J Dobie, D Weir.

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Richie Gray (bicep), Gregor Hiddleston (calf), Huw Jones (hand), JP du Preez (knee), Alex Samuel (head), Ollie Smith (knee), Logan Trotter (thigh), George Turner (foot), Sione Vailanu (knee).


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3 Comments

  1. I thought Franco would pick his strongest side for this one, but you can’t knock his belief in the squad. In the long term, it’s going to be great experience banked for young players like Fraser and Ferrie to be trusted to do a job in a big game in South Africa. Smith clearly has a plan to finish strong with that bench.

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