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September 06, 2018

Glasgow Warriors v Munster

Posted by Editor on September 6, 2018 07:28 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Callum Gibbins is the Warrior to Watch
On Friday night Warriors host old rivals Munster in the first Scotstoun fixture of the new PRO14 season.

You can read Disco's thoughts on Glasgow's pursuit of the PRO14 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
Friday 7th September 2018
Live on Premier Sports 2 *

Recent history has not favoured the Warriors in clashes with Munster. Since storming their way to the PRO12 trophy at the Kingspan Stadium in 2015, Glasgow have only managed two wins in eight attempts against the Irish side. The home team have tended to do better in open, high-scoring matches while the visitors have edged the tight games where they're strong in the championship minutes. If it is a nervy one then Dave Rennie will be hoping closing out the win late on against Connacht last week was a good warm-up for what will undoubtedly be a tough test on Friday.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Stuart Hogg
14 Tommy Seymour
13 Nick Grigg
12 Peter Horne
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Adam Hastings
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Robert Harley
5 Jonny Gray
6 Ryan Wilson (Co-Captain)
7 Callum Gibbins (Co-Captain)
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 George Turner
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Scott Cummings
20 Matt Fagerson
21 Ali Price
22 Alex Dunbar
23 Nikola Matawalu

Munster

15 Mike Haley

14 Darren Sweetnam
13 Sam Arnold
12 Ronan O'Mahony
11 Shane Daly

10 JJ Hanrahan
9 Neil Cronin

1 Dave Kilcoyne
2 Mike Sherry
3 John Ryan
4 Jean Kleyn
5 Billy Holland
6 Dave O'Callaghan
7 Tommy O'Donnell
8 Arno Botha

Substitutes

16 Rhys Marshall
17 James Cronin
18 Stephen Archer
19 Fineen Wycherley
20 Tadhg Beirne
21 Duncan Williams
22 Joey Carbery
23 Jaco Taute

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

Glasgow Greetings:
There's a chance to welcome back some players after a significant absence from Scotstoun. It's been nearly 6 months since Oli Kebble played a home game for the club and nearly 7 months since Adam Ashe and D'arcy Rae were in competitive action on Danes Drive. It will be good to see them back!

Matchday Milestones:
It'll be the 100th start of Stuart Hogg's time at the Warriors. That first appearance in the number 15 shirt when he was selected ahead of Bernie Stortoni against the Dragons at the end of the 2010/11 season seems an awful long time ago! DTH van der Merwe will start a PRO14 / PRO12 / Celtic League match for the 100th time.

Warriors One to Watch:
The equivalent fixture last season against Munster was when Callum Gibbins really announced his arrival at the club. 14 tackles with none missed. 8 carries for 32 metres - including a burst into the open field before sending Lee Jones away for the 2nd try. Cully was a niggly presence in attack and defence and the co-captain will be looking to set the tone again.

Glasgow at home to Munster in the PRO12/14 era:
4 wins
3 losses
3 Try BPs + 2 Losing BPs
21 points out of a possible 35 (60%)
The Warriors also won their playoff semi-final against Munster at Scotstoun in 2013/14.

Previous match-up:

Key stat - last season in the PRO14:

KICKS FROM HAND

1. Munster - 28 per game
2. Scarlets - 25
3. Leinster - 24
4. Dragons - 23
5. Ospreys - 22
6. Cardiff Blues - 21
7. Benetton - 21
8. Cheetahs - 20
9. Edinburgh - 19
10. Connacht - 19
11. Kings - 18
12. Glasgow - 18
13. Ulster - 17
14. Zebre - 16

Munster are extremely comfortable kicking the ball. They are very well drilled on the chase and they know they will almost always be following up high quality kicks that are intended to pressurise their opponents into errors or contain them territorially.

There will be no messing about with unnecessary phases when the Irish side's half backs are on the ball. If they feel a situation is unfavourable they will hoof it and put the burden back on the opposition to come up with answers to the conundrum of breaking down an organised defence.

The Warriors were the outliers from among last season's playoff semi-finalists with Munster, Scarlets and Leinster being the most likely teams to kick away possession. Glasgow only kicked once every 7.1 carries (compared to once every 3.8 carries for Munster). That meant more times probing the defence and trying to create a mismatch. However it also meant more occasions taking on a structured defensive line and losing the ball.

It will be a definite clash of styles on Friday night - although both teams have the capability to change it up. Glasgow will have 3 kicking options in the backline with Adam Hastings, Peter Horne and Stuart Hogg. Munster can look to two very creative stand offs in JJ Hanrahan and Joey Carbery (from the bench). Do the coaches go with the tried and trusted or adapt their gameplans slightly to try and get an edge?

Officials:
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 47th Championship game)
AR1: Dan Jones (WRU)
AR1: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
TMO: Neil Patterson (SRU)

Mr Whitehouse's record last season in the PRO14:

Matches - 13 (all refs - 147)
Average penalty count - 19.8 per game (all refs - 19.0)
Home penalty percentage - 50% (all refs - 53%)
Average card count - 0.7 per game (all refs - 0.9)
Penalties per card - 29 (all refs - 22)

Only Mike Adamson reffed as many rounds (13) as Mr Whitehouse in the PRO14's regular season during 2017/18. He didn't see much action involving Glasgow though - in fact the Warriors have only been reffed once by Mr Whitehouse in the last 30 months.

This will be the referee's first trip to Scotstoun. He did travel to Scotland to officiate the Warriors v Munster clash in 2015/16 but that was held at Rugby Park. He also took charge of the reverse fixture that same season when Glasgow were edged out at Thomond Park. A Welsh whistler who's a regular selection for Warriors' matches against the top Irish sides? He's clearly being lined up as the new Nigel Owens...

* There's also a re-run of the match on FreeSports on Tuesday 11th September at 2.00pm. Highlights of all the matches in Round 2 will be on Premier Sports 1 on Sunday 9th September at 4.30pm and then repeated on Freesports on Monday 10th September - the first part at 6.30pm and the second part at 10.00pm.

Previous Matches with Munster
Friday September 7 2018
Glasgow Warriors 25 10 Munster Match Report
Friday February 23 2018
Munster 21 10 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
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