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May 18, 2018

Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

Posted by Editor on May 18, 2018 02:40 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Finn Russell is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's PRO14 semi-final showdown with Scarlets at Scotstoun.

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 7.45 at Sold Out Scotstoun Stadium
Friday 18th May 2018
Live on BBC ALBA and SKY Sports Action

Dave Rennie will be hoping a couple of weekends off is just what his squad needed to freshen up after a long and attritional season. It's certainly been good for the Warriors' injury list with just 4 longer-term absentees unavailable. The coaches would have had 44 members of the full-time squad to select from this week - that's a lot higher than the season average of 31 and there would have been some big debates before the final calls were made. The selection is a high quality one # and predominantly homegrown as Glasgow seek to make it to their third Grand Final.

19 of the 23 are Scottish qualified
19 of the 23 are capped internationals
15 of the 23 came through either the Scottish Rugby Academy or Elite Development Programme
The 23 players selected have a combined 1,726 previous appearances for the Warriors - the most for any matchday squad this season.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Stuart Hogg

14 Tommy Seymour
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Finn Russell
9 George Horne

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Tim Swinson
5 Jonny Gray
6 Matt Fagerson
7 Callum Gibbins
8 Ryan Wilson (Captain)

Substitutes

16 George Turner
17 Alex Allan
18 Siua Halanukonuka
19 Robert Harley
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Peter Horne
23 Ruaridh Jackson

Scarlets

15 Johnny McNicholl

14 Tom Prydie
13 Scott Williams
12 Hadleigh Parkes
11 Steff Evans

10 Rhys Patchell
9 Gareth Davies

1 Rob Evans
2 Ken Owens (Captain)
3 Samson Lee
4 Tadhg Beirne
5 Steve Cummins
6 Aaron Shingler
7 James Davies
8 John Barclay

Substitutes

16 Ryan Elias
17 Wyn Jones
18 Werner Kruger
19 Lewis Rawlins
20 Will Boyde
21 Jonathan Evans
22 Dan Jones
23 Steff Hughes

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

Glasgow Greetings:
Time for a hearty welcome back home for skipper Ryan Wilson who, remarkably, will be playing his first game at Scotstoun since the Warriors took on Montpellier at the start of December - an absence of more than 5 months.

Once A Warrior:
There will be plenty of old friends on the pitch after the final whistle has blown - but they'll all be best of enemies until that point! Only 5 men have played more games for Glasgow than the visitors' flanker John Barclay, who was recently voted into the Warriors' Team of the Decade. Former Scarlet DTH van der Merwe also made that squad and he will be looking at the possibility of winning his 3rd championship in 4 seasons if Glasgow can finish the campaign with 2 more victories.

One to Watch:
On the occasion of his last game at Scotstoun (well at least until next season when fate surely means a high probability of Glasgow drawing Racing 92 in the Champions Cup!) Finn Russell will be central to how well the Warriors perform. Closing in on 600 points for the club (4th all-time for Glasgow) he will need to have his kicking boots on to help the Warriors keep the scoreboard ticking over.

More than that though the fans will be hoping to see the big game player who has stepped up in the 4 previous playoff matches he played a significant part in. A balmy evening in Glasgow, with the 2 best attacking teams in the league going head to head and Finn playing the game with a smile in his face. What more could you ask for by way of entertainment?

The Glasgow v Scarlets fixture in the PRO12 / PRO14 era:
3 wins
3 losses
2 Losing BPs
14 points out of a possible 30 (47%)

Key player stats:

Top tacklers
Glasgow: Jonny Gray - 14.2 tackles per 80 minutes, 99% completion rate
Scarlets: Aaron Shingler - 12.9 tackles per 80 minutes, 98% completion rate

The Scarlets back row unit as a whole have been exceptionally consistent in their defensive duties this season. Between them they have only missed 12 tackles in the PRO14 (Davies 9, Shingler 2, Barclay 1).

Top carriers
Glasgow: Matt Fagerson - 12.0 carries per 80 minutes
Scarlets: Steff Evans - 11.5 carries per 80 minutes

Unusually the visitors don't really have a forward who dominates ball-carrying duty, with no-one in their pack averaging 10 or more runs per game. (By contrast Glasgow have 3 players - the younger Fagerson, Gibbins and Gray - hitting double digits in this stat). The Scarlets' workload is well spread and they also like to get the ball wide regularly and into the hands of players like Steff Evans who can make something happen even in the least promising of situations.

Attacking threat
Glasgow: DTH van der Merwe - a defender beaten for every 1.5 carries
Scarlets: Steff Evans - a defender beaten for every 2.7 carries

It's quality as well as quantity for the Welsh winger when it comes to his work with ball in hand. Evans breaks tackles for fun - he's a slippery customer and very hard to get a good solid hit on. He's also the Scarlets top man for clean breaks with 24 for the season and the Warriors' defence will need to be extremely cautious when he's around the ball.

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

Officials:
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 70th competition game)
AR1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
AR2: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)

Mr Lacey's record in the PRO14 this season:

Matches - 6 (147 for all refs)
Average penalty count - 17.8 (19.1 all refs)
Average penalties for home team - 7.8 (9.0 all refs)
Average penalties for away team - 10.0 (10.1 all refs)
Yellow cards - 0.5 per game (0.8 per game all refs)

Mr Lacey has been fairly kind to home sides this campaign with one of the lower rates (44%) among PRO14 refs of penalties going against the hosts. That's countered by Glasgow's relatively poor disciplinary record when the former Munster player has been the man in the middle though.

The Warriors averaged 11.3 penalties a game against and just 8.6 for in the 9 games Mr Lacey refereed over the previous 4 seasons. Of the 8 yellow cards he issued in those matches 7 were for Glasgow players. It has been over a year and half since the Irish whistler took charge of a Warriors' fixture though. Hopefully that means a clean slate and no preconceptions about what he expects from the team on Friday night.

ICYMI - take a look at OTOTM's team stats head to head comparison for Glasgow and the Scarlets here

Previous Matches with Scarlets
Friday May 18 2018
Glasgow Warriors 13 28 Scarlets Match Report
Saturday April 7 2018
Scarlets 26 8 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday February 10 2017
Glasgow Warriors 14 26 Scarlets Match Report
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