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March 03, 2017

Glasgow Warriors v Dragons

Posted by Editor on March 3, 2017 07:08 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Brian Alainu'uese is the Warrior to Watch
Warriors return to action at Scotstoun tomorrow afternoon and Disco looks ahead to the must-win PRO12 clash with Dragons.

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 3.00 at Scotstoun Stadium, Friday 16th October
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Live on Sky Sports 2

Even with both matches being played during international windows (the RWC last season and the 6 Nations this time out) the Warriors' and Dragons' sides have a very different look from their last meeting at Scotstoun - only 18 of the 46 players return from that game in October 2015.

Glasgow Warriors

15 Peter Murchie

14 Lee Jones
13 Mark Bennett
12 Nick Grigg
11 Rory Hughes

10 Peter Horne
9 Henry Pyrgos (Captain)

1 Alex Allan
2 Corey Flynn
3 D'arcy Rae
4 Tim Swinson
5 Brian Alainu'uese
6 Robert Harley
7 Simone Favaro
8 Richie Vernon

Substitutes

16 Pat MacArthur
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Sila Puafisi
19 Scott Cummings
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Nemia Kenatale
22 Brandon Thomson
23 Ratu Tagive

Dragons

15 Tom Prydie

14 Pat Howard
13 Tyler Morgan
12 Sam Beard
11 Adam Warren

10 Angus O'Brien
9 Sarel Pretorius

1 Sam Hobbs
2 Elliott Dee
3 Brok Harris
4 James Thomas
5 Rynard Landman
6 Ollie Griffiths
7 Nic Cudd
8 Lewis Evans (Captain)

Substitutes

16 Rhys Buckley
17 Thomas Davies
18 Lloyd Fairbrother
19 Matthew Screech
20 Harrison Keddie
21 Charles Davies
22 Dorian Jones
23 Will Talbot-Davies

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

Glasgow Greetings:
There are home debuts in the offing for all 3 of the backline replacements. Hopefully Nemia Kenatale, Brandon Thomson and Ratu Tagive get a suitably noisy Scotstoun welcome. Peter Horne also deserves an ovation - he'll be playing in Glasgow for the first time in 3 months!

Matchday Milestones:
It'll be half-centurion status for Lee Jones as he makes his 50th appearance for the club. Simone Favaro brings up his 50th career start in the PRO12. The machine that is Bob Harley plays his 157th match for Glasgow - matching former skipper Al Kellock - and it will also be Rob's 125th game in the PRO12.

Warriors One to Watch:
Through a tough run of matches the second row partnership of Scott Cummings and Brian Alainu'uese has provided some of the most encouraging performances. Scott will be on the bench this week but Big Brian gets the chance to continue his good form as he tries to win a contract for next season.

Brian has carried the ball 46 times in the last 3 games (plus he's attempted 29 tackles). In fact as things stand he's averaging more carries and more metres gained per carry than any other Glasgow lock this season. It's sometimes difficult to remember but he is still only 22, on his first professional contract at this level and there is a huge amount of potential there if he gets to stick around for a proper pre-season in terms of conditioning and preparing with his teammates.

Toony's Track Record...

...against Dragons:

7 wins and 2 losses. 4 Try BPs, 1 Losing BP. 33 points out of a possible 45 (73%).

The Dragons have a better record against Gregor Townsend's men than the Cardiff Blues and Connacht (and of course the Italian sides) have managed.

Last season's match-up:

2 - Yellow cards for Glasgow. Taqele Naiyaravoro couldn't make it to half-time on his debut before being sent to the sin bin. That was topped by Crazy Simone who came off the bench and was on the field for all of 12 minutes before having to sit back down again!

1 - Minutes left on the clock when Glasgow were awarded a final penalty. At 22-15 skipper Rob Harley might have played it safe and gone for the posts to ensure the win. The bolder strategy of kicking to the corner paid off though with new forwards coach Dan McFarland's influence shining through in a powerful-looking maul. Redemption for Simone with the BP try (and check out Big T in the foreground - quite something to see a 20-stone man jumping for joy!)

64 - Percentage success rate for the Dragons lineout - the worst of any side at Scotstoun last season (Glasgow were at 90% in this match). Scott Cummings was in imperious form in only his 4th pro game, pulling in 9 takes on Glasgow's throw and stealing 2 of Newport's for good measure. The young lock should make an early appearance of the bench on Saturday and another chance to demonstrate why he will be a Scotland international before too long.

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

Officials:
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU - 20th tournament game)
AR1: David Wilkinson (IRFU)
AR2: Dunx McClement (SRU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

A 3rd assignation of the season for the Warriors and Mr Brace. He refereed the club's last victory at Scotstoun - a BP win over the Cardiff Blues at the start of January and (because the PRO12 seem to think it's a good idea) he was also the man in the middle for the reverse of this fixture down in Newport in September.

He's not much for chat - there will be no "I'm the referee, not the coach" style banter at Scotstoun. However if Glasgow can communicate clearly with Mr Brace and stay on his good side - as they did against the Dragons (4 penalties) and Cardiff (7) it will improve the team's chances of coming away with their first win of the Test windows in 2016/17.

Previous Matches with Dragons
Friday August 25 2017
Dragons 23 40 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday March 4 2017
Glasgow Warriors 47 17 Dragons Match Report
Friday September 30 2016
Dragons 17 26 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Thursday February 25 2016
Newport Gwent Dragons 15 18 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 16 2015
Glasgow Warriors 29 15 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday November 30 2014
Glasgow Warriors 19 15 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Saturday September 20 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons 13 33 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday February 23 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons 24 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 22 2013
Glasgow Warriors 8 23 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday February 15 2013
Dragons 3 60 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday November 2 2012
Glasgow Warriors 37 6 Dragons Match Report
Sunday December 4 2011
Newport Gwent Dragons 14 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 7 2011
Glasgow Warriors 24 19 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday February 25 2011
Glasgow Warriors 16 16 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday January 23 2011
Newport Gwent Dragons 16 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 8 2010
Glasgow Warriors 21 13 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday September 12 2010
Newport Gwent Dragons 23 11 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday April 4 2010
Glasgow Warriors 27 19 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday January 15 2010
Glasgow Warriors 29 25 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday October 16 2009
Newport Gwent Dragons 22 14 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 18 2009
Newport Gwent Dragons 30 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday January 25 2009
Glasgow Warriors 13 10 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday January 9 2009
Glasgow Warriors 20 25 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Saturday October 11 2008
Newport Gwent Dragons 32 22 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 5 2008
Newport Gwent Dragons 6 12 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday March 30 2008
Dragons 14 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 4 2008
Glasgow Warriors 16 18 Dragons Match Report
Friday March 2 2007
Newport Gwent Dragons 13 3 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 1 2006
Glasgow Warriors 23 24 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday April 28 2006
Newport Gwent Dragons 32 18 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 2 2005
Glasgow Warriors 15 21 Newport Gwent Dragons Match Report
Saturday January 22 2005
Gwent Dragons 21 16 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 24 2004
Glasgow Warriors 29 38 Gwent Dragons Match Report
Friday March 5 2004
Glasgow Warriors 48 20 Gwent Dragons Match Report
Sunday October 12 2003
Gwent Dragons 27 5 Glasgow Warriors Match Report