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February 09, 2017

Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

Posted by Editor on February 9, 2017 10:59 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Henry Pyrgos is the Warrior to Watch
Warriors return to PRO12 action on Friday and Disco looks ahead to the meeting with Scarlets at Scotstoun.

You can check out more of Disco's thoughts on Glasgow's pursuit of a second PRO12 title and European progress, as well as Scotland's international fortunes, at his excellent blog Top of the Moon.

KO 7.35 at Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday 10th February 2017
Live on Sky Sports 3
Buy tickets here

With just a single point splitting the 2 teams in the PRO12 this is a hugely important fixture. That being the case it's rather unfortunate that for the 3rd time in 4 league meeting both clubs will be missing their international players (15 for Glasgow and 7 for the Scarlets).

The last time they met, during the November Test window, the Welsh side ran out comfortable winners. The vagaries of injury, form and player release mean that only 7 Scarlets and 6 Warriors who started that game return for this fixture but the visitors will still head into the game in confident mood - the home team will be looking for revenge.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Peter Murchie

14 Lee Jones
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 Rory Hughes

10 Rory Clegg
9 Henry Pyrgos (Captain)

1 Alex Allan
2 Pat MacArthur
3 D'arcy Rae
4 Brian Alainu'uese
5 Scott Cummings
6 Robert Harley
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 James Malcolm
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Sila Puafisi
19 Richie Vernon
20 Lewis Wynne
21 Grayson Hart
22 Hagen Schulte
23 Sean Lamont

Scarlets

15 Johnny McNicholl

14 Tom Williams
13 Gareth Owen
12 Hadleigh Parkes (Captain)
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Dan Jones
9 Jonathan Evans

1 Wyn Jones
2 Ryan Elias
3 Werner Kruger
4 Tom Price
5 Lewis Rawlins
6 Aaron Shingler
7 James Davies
8 Will Boyde

Substitutes

16 Emyr Phillips
17 Luke Garrett
18 Nicky Thomas
19 Tadhg Beirne
20 Joshua MacLeod
21 Aled Davies
22 Aled Thomas
23 Steffan Hughes

Head to Head:
Back 3 - ADV Scarlets
Centres - ADV Scarlets
Half Backs - ADV Glasgow
Front Row - EVEN
Second Row - ADV Glasgow
Back Row - ADV Glasgow
Subs - EVEN

Matchday Milestones:
Rory Hughes will be celebrating signing up for another 2 years with Glasgow - can he mark his 25th appearance for the club with a try? Richie Vernon returns to play (where he wants) in his 75th PRO12 fixture.

Glasgow Greetings:
The game could see a full debut for Hagen Schulte if he gets on - the 17th new player in 2017/18. He'll be joined by Scott Cummings and Richie Vernon who will be putting injury woes behind them to make their first appearances of the campaign. This trio will take the Warriors up to 54 players used so far - only 2 less than in the RWC-affected 2015/16 season!

Once A Warrior:
He's played against his old side 3 times since he left but this will be the first time DTH van der Merwe has played at Scotstoun since this happened...

Warriors One to Watch:
It's been a tough season for Henry Pyrgos. Injuries have held him back and he's had to watch from the sidelines and the bench as Ali Price has usurped his position for both Glasgow and Scotland. The match against the Scarlets provides a big opportunity for Henry to show just why he has been such an integral part of the Warriors' success in recent years.

The man with the worst moustache in rugby (even in the face of stern competition from Sam Johnson) is still the club's top man for assists, providing 8 scoring passes so far in this campaign. Glasgow will need some of that creativity if they are to outscore the Scarlets on Friday night. There will also be an assumption that he will take a lot of the decision-making burden away from his stand off's shoulders. All while bossing his forwards and providing effective cover defence. No pressure Henry!

Toony's Track Record...

...against the Scarlets:

PRO12 - 4 wins, 5 losses. 1 Try BP. 2 Losing BPs. 19 points out of a possible 45 (42%)
Champions Cup - 2 wins. 1 Try BP.
No other side in the PRO12 has provided fewer points for Gregor Townsend's men than the Scarlets.

Last season's match-up:

6 - Number of players who made their Glasgow debuts in last season's match-up. The World Cup put severe pressure on the Warriors' playing resources. The current 6 Nations window may not see quite the same number of players missing but the club's success or failure in the PRO12 remains very reliant on the depth in the squad.

24 - Number of scrums - the most in any Warriors' game last season (the next highest was 19). The handling on show was definitely of the early season variety. Hopefully even in the forecast Arctic conditions the 2 sides will be more careful in possession and the crowd won't spend much of the night watching scrums being set.

94 - Percentage territory for Glasgow in the second half. Those in the East Stand Massive may have felt very short-changed as almost the entire second period took place at the far end from their perspective! Despite almost total dominance - and playing the final phases of the game against 12 men with 3 Scarlets in the bin - Glasgow couldn't get over the line to win the match. This season's team has a lot more experience to call on and Gregor Townsend would expect his side to know how to close out a tight game.

Home and Away:
Glasgow last 6 in PRO12 (H) - W L W L L W
Scarlets last 6 in PRO12 (A) - L L W W W L

Officials:
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU, 86th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Gary Conway (IRFU), Kevin White (SRU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Nobody has refereed more matches at Scotstoun recently than Mr Clancy who has officiated 8 times in a little over 2 years - more than a quarter of all the games played at the Warriors' home in that period. His name on the match previews seems to raise the hackles of Glasgow fans but he the red meted out to Brian Alainu'uese against the Ospreys is the only time the Irish whistler has carded any Warrior in the last 3 seasons.

Previous Matches with Scarlets
Saturday November 5 2016
Scarlets 27 3 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday April 16 2016
Scarlets 10 46 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 19 2015
Scarlets 6 9 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 12 2015
Glasgow Warriors 43 6 Scarlets Match Report
Saturday September 5 2015
Glasgow Warriors 10 16 Scarlets Match Report
Friday January 9 2015
Glasgow Warriors 22 7 Scarlets Match Report
Friday November 21 2014
Scarlets 19 9 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday March 22 2014
Glasgow Warriors 14 6 Scarlets Match Report
Saturday October 5 2013
Scarlets 12 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 12 2013
Scarlets 29 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 7 2012
Glasgow Warriors 13 18 Scarlets Match Report
Thursday February 9 2012
Glasgow Warriors 19 9 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Saturday January 7 2012
Llanelli Scarlets 16 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday April 22 2011
Glasgow Warriors 29 37 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Friday October 29 2010
Llanelli Scarlets 18 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 7 2010
Llanelli Scarlets 32 37 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday September 13 2009
Glasgow Warriors 19 11 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Saturday April 4 2009
Llanelli Scarlets 21 38 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 26 2008
Glasgow Warriors 34 20 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Friday April 18 2008
Glasgow Warriors 25 23 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Friday February 15 2008
Llanelli Scarlets 30 7 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 16 2007
Glasgow Warriors 30 14 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Friday September 8 2006
Llanelli Scarlets 31 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday May 12 2006
Glasgow Warriors 17 10 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Sunday October 16 2005
Llanelli Scarlets 24 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday April 9 2005
Llanelli Scarlets 30 57 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday December 12 2004
Llanelli Scarlets 38 22 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday December 5 2004
Glasgow Warriors 26 29 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Friday November 19 2004
Glasgow Warriors 40 29 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report
Saturday May 1 2004
Llanelli Scarlets 36 26 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 28 2003
Glasgow Warriors 18 31 Llanelli Scarlets Match Report