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September 28, 2018

Glasgow Warriors v Dragons

Posted by Editor on September 28, 2018 06:45 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Ali Price is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's PRO14 meeting with Dragons as the Scotstoun men look to bounce back after last week's shock defeat to Southern Kings.

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
Saturday 29th September 2018
Live on FreeSports *

- Head to heads favour Glasgow.
- Lock Andrew Davidson is in line for his club debut.
- Revitalised scrum half Ali Price is the one to watch.
- Glasgow have won 5 out of 6 at home to Dragons in the PRO12/14 era.
- Referee Stuart Berry has hammered the Warriors in the penalty count in two previous matches.
- Dragons have lost their last 33 away games in the PRO12/14.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Lee Jones
13 Huw Jones
12 Alex Dunbar
11 Nikola Matawalu

10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 D'arcy Rae
4 Robert Harley
5 Jonny Gray
6 Ryan Wilson (Co-Captain)
7 Callum Gibbins (Co-Captain)
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 George Turner
17 Alex Allan
18 Adam Nicol
19 Andrew Davidson
20 Chris Fusaro
21 George Horne
22 Brandon Thomson
23 Nick Grigg

Dragons

15 Jordan Williams

14 Dafydd Howells
13 Adam Warren
12 Jarryd Sage
11 Jared Rosser

10 Arwel Robson
9 Tavis Knoyle

1 Ryan Bevington
2 Richard Hibbard (Captain)
3 Lloyd Fairbrother
4 Brandon Nansen
5 Rynard Landman
6 Aaron Wainwright
7 Nic Cudd
8 Lewis Evans

Substitutes

16 Elliot Dee
17 Brok Harris
18 Aaron Jarvis
19 Huw Taylor
20 James Thomas
21 Rhodri Williams
22 Josh Lewis
23 Will Talbot-Davis

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

Glasgow Greetings:
He's taken a circuitous route to get here but Andrew Davidson will finally make his Warriors' debut. After heading to Newcastle following his time in the Glasgow branch of the Scottish Rugby Academy the second row is back on a short-term loan deal. Andy's a Robert Harley-esque player - not just in terms of being able to cover both lock and flanker but also just having that niggly ability to get under the skin of the opposition. Whether it's at Glasgow or Newcastle he still has the potential to develop into a future Scotland cap.

There's also a big welcome back for Huw Jones who hasn't played at Scotstoun since the 20th of January against Exeter.

Matchday Milestones:
200 games ago Nathan Bombrys took over as the club's Managing Director. The man from Michigan has been an integral part of the club's growth over the past 7 years - and there's still lots to do. He'll be responsible for driving forward the proposed stadium expansion plans which could make a significant contribution to maintaining that upwards trajectory.

Warriors One to Watch:
After a tough spell during last season Ali Price looks to be getting back to his best. It was always going to be difficult to follow up 2016/17 when the hedgehog-headed half back grabbed the number 9 jersey for Glasgow and Scotland (admittedly with Greig Laidlaw in absentia). Ali's try double against the Cheetahs a fortnight ago showcased his speed of foot and thought and he can help spark the Warriors' attack against the Dragons.

Glasgow at home to Dragons in the PRO12/14 era:
5 wins
1 loss
3 Try BPs
23 points out of a possible 30 (77%)
Immediately prior to the PRO12 era Glasgow only managed 1 win in 7 seasons at home to the Dragons in the league (1 draw, 5 losses).

Previous match-up:

Key stat - last season in the PRO14:

CLEAN BREAKS CONCEDED

1. Glasgow - 115
2. Edinburgh - 134
3. Leinster - 138
4. Munster - 150
5. Benetton - 160
6. Ospreys - 160
7. Scarlets - 161
8. Zebre - 167
9. Ulster - 167
10. Cheetahs - 171
11. Cardiff Blues - 182
12. Connacht - 191
13. Dragons - 196
14. Kings - 266

Last time out we looked at clean breaks from an attacking stand point. This week it's time to flip that round and look at how teams performed when it came to preventing the opposition cutting through their defensive line.

The Glasgow defence (among other things!) has come in for some criticism after last week's performance but last season showed they can muster an organised, hard to break down line. It doesn't guarantee success (the Warriors shut out Munster in this stat when they played them at Irish Independent Park - but still lost) but it certainly helps when a side is able to effectively contain their opposition and make them break through the hard way.

On the other side of things the Dragons struggled to cut out the line breaks. They weren't helped by the volume of possession and carries their opponents were able to make. The visitors gave a up a clean break for every 19 runs against them - the same as Ulster, Ospreys, Zebre and Cheetahs and would have placed them 6th equal in the league. They just had the ball coming back at them far more often than those other sides. Bernard Jackman will be keen to see his team spend more time in possession to reduce the attacking opportunities for the Warriors.

Officials:
Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU, 17th Championship game)
AR1: Mike Adamson (SRU)
AR1: Dunx McClement (SRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

Mr Berry's regular season record for 2017/18 in the PRO14:

Matches - 12 (all refs - 147)
Average penalty count - 19.4 per game (all refs - 19.0)
Home penalty percentage - 50% (all refs - 53%)
Average card count - 1.1 per game (all refs - 0.9)
Penalties per card - 18 (all refs - 22)

Mr Berry's only previous trip to Scotstoun came last season when he refereed the Warriors' encounter with Leinster - during which he did a better job of keeping up with Niko Matawalu's end-to-end break than the Dubliners' defence!

The South African official has hammered Glasgow a bit in the penalty count though. Adding in an away trip to Ulster the tally stands at 25-14 against the Warriors with Scott Cummings and Alex Dunbar both being sent to the sin bin. The home side cannot afford to give the Dragons any encouragement so some solid discipline, a single figure penalty count and no cards would seem to be the order of the day.

* Other coverage:

Match re-runs on FreeSports:

Sunday 30th September at 6.00am
Sunday 30th September at 11.00am
Monday 1st October at 9.00am
Highlights of all matches in Round 3:

Premier Sports 1 - Sunday 30th September at 4.30pm
FreeSports - Monday 1st October. Part 1 at 6.45pm. Part 2 at 10.15pm

Previous Matches with Dragons
Saturday September 29 2018
Glasgow Warriors 29 13 Dragons Match Report
Friday February 9 2018
Dragons 15 15 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
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