URC play-off semi-final: Munster v Glasgow: same again for Warriors

One enforced change on the bench with Murphy Walker replacing Nathan McBeth

Sione Tuipulotu carries for Glasgow Warriors versus Munster during last season's URC quarter-final. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Sione Tuipulotu carries for Glasgow Warriors versus Munster during last season's URC quarter-final. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Franco Smith has stuck with the same starting XV as he sent out for last weekend’s URC play-off quarter-final home win against the Stormers, ahead of tomorrow [Saturday] evening’s last four clash away to Munster at Thomond Park.

The one change on the bench sees Murphy Walker come in for Nathan McBeth, who suffered a concussion against Stormers, as prop cover.

“Munster are one of the most consistent teams in the league, and time and time again they have shown that they know what it takes to win on the biggest stage, ” said Smith.

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“They are a well-drilled side who possess a real physical edge, that we know will compete for everything when given the chance.

“They also possess one of the strongest home records in the competition that they will be looking to defend tomorrow night, and we know we will have to be at our best to meet their challenge.”

If Warriors, who finished the regular season fourth in the URC table, defeat top seeds Munster on their own patch then they face another way trip to take on the winners of Saturday’s afternoon’s semi-final clash between Vodacom Bulls and Leinster in the tournament final next weekend.


Glasgow Warriors (versus Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday @ 6pm BST): K J McKay; S Cancelliere, H Jones, S Tuipulotu, K Steyn ©; T Jordan G Horne; J Bhatti, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, R Gray, M Fagerson R Darge, J Dempsey. Replacements: G Turner, O Kebble, M Walker, M Williamson, E Ferrie, H Venter, J Dobie, R Thompson.

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Allan Dell (arm), JP du Preez (knee), Nathan McBeth (head), Ally Miller (calf), Alex Samuel (head), Ollie Smith (knee), Lucio Sordoni (foot), Sione Vailanu (knee).


Munster: M Haley; S Daly, A Frisch, A Nankivell, S Zebo; J Crowley, C Casey; J Loughman, N Scannell, S Archer, F Wycherley, T Beirne ©, P O’Mahony, J Hodnett, J O’Donoghue. Replacements: D Barron, J Ryan, O Jager, R Snyman, G Coombes, C Murray, S O’Brien, A Kendellen.

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  1. The Munster bench is scarily stacked with mean beasts. Need to get a good start and keep Munster pegged back. Glasgow defence is going to need one of its top performances.

  2. Keeping the points rolling on with penalties and conversions will be key in this game. But not convinced this Glasgow team have a reliable kicker for the occasion. That aside Glasgow have looked great this season. I am hopeful they get the win. But if I had put money on the final result, it’s a close Munster home win.

  3. Steyn and Tuipulotu/Jones better than boys you mention Douglas.
    Tremendous opportunity for this Glasgow team, only fear (again) is lack of a kicking option.

  4. Tough on McDowall and Rowe – thought it might be worth 5-3 split with Munsters Dark arts likely to come into play.

    • the Munster dark arts are the reason for a 6/2 split, even if it wasn’t Franko’s preference. Given the Munster bench and who is on it, also 6/2, its a sensible split for Glasgow.

      Its is tough on Rowe and McDowell, but we can’t pick them all, someone has to miss out. I think its the best he could pick

      • Agree. There must have been a discussion about recalling McDowell for an extra kicking option, but you can’t blame them for sticking with Jones. Rowe has been great, but Cancelliere has a happy knack of scoring tries out of absolutely nothing.

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