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February 22, 2018

Munster v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on February 22, 2018 06:26 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Adam Hastings is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's trip to Cork to take on PRO14 Conference A rivals Munster.

You can read Disco's thoughts on Glasgow's pursuit of the PRO14 title and European campaign as well as Scotland's international fortunes, at his excellent blog Top of the Moon.

KO 7.00 at Irish Independent Park
Friday 23rd February 2018
Live on Sky Sports Action

The joys of PRO14 action on Test match weekends - only 9 of the 30 players who started 5 months ago when these two sides met at Scotstoun will do so again in Cork. What should be one of the biggest clashes of the season, between the top 2 in Conference A, is relegated to a mere aperitif ahead of the 6 Nations. For the hard core fans though there's still a lot riding on this game as both clubs battle it out for home draws in the Finals Series.


15 Simon Zebo

14 Andrew Conway
13 Sam Arnold
12 Dan Goggin
11 Alex Wootton

10 Tyler Bleyendaal
9 James Hart

1 James Cronin
2 Niall Scannell
3 Stephen Archer
4 Jean Kleyn
5 Billy Holland (Captain)
6 Dave O'Callaghan
7 Chris Cloete
8 Robin Copeland


16 Rhys Marshall
17 Dave Kilcoyne
18 Brian Scott
19 Gerbrandt Grobler
20 Jack O'Donoghue
21 Duncan Williams
22 Ian Keatley
23 Calvin Nash

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Lee Jones
13 Sam Johnson
12 Brandon Thomson
11 Ratu Tagive

10 Adam Hastings
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 James Malcolm
3 Siua Halanukonuka
4 Kiran McDonald
5 Scott Cummings
6 Robert Harley (Captain)
7 Matt Smith
8 Matt Fagerson


16 Grant Stewart
17 Alex Allan
18 Zander Fagerson
19 Lewis Wynne
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Richie Vernon
23 Nikola Matawalu

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

Glasgow Greetings:
It's a first start for Oli Kebble and a welcome back to action for the man, the myth, the legend that is Richie Vernon. RV is in line for his 98th appearance for the Warriors and his first game time for the club in nearly a year.

Matchday Milestones:
On 19th April 2013 Graeme Morrison played his 177th and last game for Glasgow. Nearly 5 years later Robert Harley will make his 178th appearance for Glasgow and take over as the club's most capped player of all time. It's an achievement that's worth celebrating - once all duties are done and the game is over of course!

It'll be nice for Rob to have a couple of teammates alongside him in Cork who also played when he made his debut against Leinster in 2010. Henry Pyrgos and Richie Vernon both started that day and will come off the bench this time round. Ryan Wilson and Pat MacArthur were the other current players to feature in Rob's first game but won't be in involved on Friday night due to international duty and injury respectively.

Warriors One to Watch:
The taller half of the Hornstings partnership (it's going to catch on - trust me...) Adam Hastings might not have broken through in quite such spectacular fashion as his partner in crime George Horne but he's quietly building his reputation at the club. The really big opportunities lie ahead of him with the departure of Finn Russell opening up the chance to stake a claim to being Glasgow's first choice stand off.

Adam's shown all the skills the Warriors' faithful could want to see from a 10. He can play close to the line with the strength to carry ball up himself and make breaks. Last week against the Cheetahs he demonstrated a nice range of well executed tactical kicking. Throw in some nifty passing and the key attacking ingredients are all there. Now it's about getting used to the step up in intensity for big European and playoff matches and getting his performances at a consistent level week in week out.

The Munster v Glasgow fixture in the PRO12 era:

1 win, 5 losses
1 Try Bonus Points + 3 Losing BPs
8 points out of a possible 30 (27%)
Only the away trip to Ulster provided less points (5 in total from one win and 1 LBP) in the PRO12 era.

Last season's match-up:

0 - Points scored by Glasgow in the first half - the only time they were blanked in the opening period last season. With the match coming less than a week after learning some harsh lessons from Saracens in the Champions Cup quarter-finals it seemed like Glasgow struggled to get started. Dave Rennie's men will need to be out of the traps fast on Friday night if they want to stop Munster from dominating the game.

21 - Turnovers conceded by the Warriors. Once Glasgow did get going there seemed to be an endless array of ways to kill off attacking moves by coughing up the ball in dangerous positions. No-one expects the club to move away from their high-risk, high reward style but they'll need to hang onto the ball if they're going to challenge the home side's line.

27 - Total number of lineouts in the game - the most in any match involving Glasgow during 2016/17. It certainly wasn't a classic to watch - an understrength Munster side and an off the boil Warriors leading to lots of kicking to touch and playing for territory. The internationals may be missing but there are plenty of talented young (and old!) fellas who have the opportunity to put their hands up for future selections. Hopefully the teams will serve up some entertaining fare in Cork.

Home and Away:
Munster last 6 in PRO14 (H) - W W W L W W
Glasgow last 6 in PRO14 (A) - W W W L W D

Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR, 76th competition game)
AR1: Andrea Piardi (FIR)
AR2: Manuel Bottino (FIR)
TMO: Matteo Liperini (FIR)

Sig. Mitrea's record in Warriors' fixtures from 2013 - 2017:

Matches - 6 (118 for all refs)
Average penalty count - 19.5 (19.1 all refs)
Average penalties for Glasgow - 9.0 (9.6 all refs)
Average penalties against Glasgow - 13.5 (9.5 all refs)
Yellow cards - 7 in total (1.0 per game all refs)

This will be the third time Sig. Mitrea has refereeed a Warriors' match this season. So far in 2017/18 it's been far more positive then previous experiences with the Italian official. Almost even penalty counts against Ospreys (at home in PRO14) and Leinster (away in the Champions Cup) compare favourably to some lop-sided efforts in the past. Both yellow cards in these games went against Glasgow's opponents - a real improvement given 6 of the 7 sin bins noted above were for Warriors' players.

Previous Matches with Munster
Friday September 22 2017
Glasgow Warriors 37 10 Munster Match Report
Saturday April 8 2017
Munster 10 7 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday January 14 2017
Glasgow Warriors 12 14 Munster Match Report
Friday December 2 2016
Glasgow Warriors 15 16 Munster Match Report
Saturday October 22 2016
Munster 38 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 19 2016
Munster 24 27 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 2 2015
Munster 23 21 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday May 30 2015
Munster 13 31 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday February 28 2015
Munster 22 10 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday December 20 2014
Glasgow Warriors 21 18 Munster Match Report
Friday May 16 2014
Glasgow Warriors 16 15 Munster Match Report
Saturday April 12 2014
Munster 5 22 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 25 2013
Glasgow Warriors 6 13 Munster Match Report
Friday March 29 2013
Glasgow Warriors 51 24 Munster Match Report
Saturday December 1 2012
Munster 31 3 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday April 14 2012
Munster 35 29 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 9 2011
Glasgow Warriors 12 23 Munster Match Report
Saturday January 8 2011
Munster 22 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 24 2010
Glasgow Warriors 29 43 Munster Match Report
Friday March 26 2010
Munster 27 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 4 2009
Glasgow Warriors 22 9 Munster Match Report
Friday March 27 2009
Glasgow Warriors 13 26 Munster Match Report
Saturday October 4 2008
Munster 25 17 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday May 10 2008
Munster 18 21 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 26 2007
Glasgow Warriors 11 11 Munster Match Report
Saturday May 12 2007
Munster 38 20 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday September 15 2006
Glasgow Warriors 24 13 Munster Match Report
Saturday February 18 2006
Munster 20 26 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday September 17 2005
Glasgow Warriors 32 10 Munster Match Report
Sunday February 20 2005
Munster 25 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Saturday October 9 2004
Glasgow Warriors 26 28 Munster Match Report
Friday March 26 2004
Glasgow Warriors 12 37 Munster Match Report
Friday October 24 2003
Munster 26 10 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday October 3 2003
Glasgow Warriors 18 14 Munster Match Report