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January 18, 2019

Saracens v Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on January 18, 2019 07:55 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

DTH van der Merwe will want to add to his nine European tries
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's tough Champions Cup trip to North London to take on Saracens.

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

KO 1.00pm
Allianz Park
Saturday 19th January
Live on BT Sport 2

Champions Cup stats:
- Glasgow have won 2 and lost 7 of their games when they been away from home in the Champions Cup in Round 6.
- The wins were 23-16 versus Dragons at Dave Parade in 2010/11 and, rather more famously, 43-0 against Leicester at Welford Road in 2016/17.
- The Warriors are looking for their 5th consecutive win in the Champions Cup having already set a new club record streak last Sunday.
- Across all tiers of European competition the Warriors have faced Sarries 9 times with their only victory coming in the 2nd leg of the Challenge Cup in 2003/04 - and the margin in that game was not enough to overturn the deficit from the first leg.

Teams

Saracens

15 Alex Goode

14 Liam Williams
13 Nick Tompkins
12 Brad Barritt (Captain)
11 Alex Lewington

10 Owen Farrell
9 Ben Spencer

1 Mako Vunipola
2 Jamie George
3 Vincent Koch
4 Maro Itoje
5 George Kruis
6 Jackson Wray
7 Schalk Burger
8 Billy Vunipola

Substitutes

16 Christopher Tolofua
17 Richard Barrington
18 Christian Judge
19 Will Skelton
20 Calum Clark
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Alex Lozowski
22 David Strettle

Glasgow Warriors

15 Stuart Hogg

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

10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price

1 Oli Kebble
2 Grant Stewart
3 Siua Halanukonuka
4 Tim Swinson
5 Jonny Gray
6 Robert Harley
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Ryan Wilson (Captain)

Substitutes

16 Kevin Bryce
17 Alex Allan
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Adam Ashe
20 Matt Smith
21 George Horne
22 Huw Jones
23 Nikola Matawalu

Head-to-Head

15 ADV Glasgow Warriors

14 ADV Saracens
13 EVEN
12 ADV Saracens
11 ADV Glasgow Warriors

10 ADV Saracens
9 ADV Glasgow Warriors

1 ADV Saracens
2 ADV Saracens
3 ADV Saracens
4 ADV Saracens
5 ADV Glasgow Warriors
6 EVEN
7 ADV Saracens
8 ADV Saracens

Substitutes

16 ADV Saracens
17 ADV Saracens
18 ADV Glasgow Warriors
19 ADV Saracens
20 ADV Saracens
21 ADV Glasgow Warriors
22 ADV Glasgow Warriors
23 ADV Glasgow Warriors

Starting XV stats:

BACKS
Champions Cup tries
Saracens 37
Glasgow Warriors 29

Champions Cup appearances
Saracens 246
Glasgow Warriors 152

Average age
Saracens 28.6
Glasgow Warriors 27.2

Capped players
Saracens 7
Glasgow Warriors 6

FORWARDS
Pack weight
Saracens 922kg
Glasgow Warriors 895kg

Tight 5 weight
Saracens 581kg
Glasgow Warriors 585kg

Champions Cup appearances
Saracens 291
Glasgow Warriors 192

Average age
Saracens 28.6
Glasgow Warriors 28.0

Capped players
Saracens 4
Glasgow Warriors 6

Changes from Round 1:
There's more consistency of selection available for Saracens who have 19 players returning. Glasgow's injury issues mean half their first choice pack is missing but the backline is closer to full strength than it was for the sides' first meeting of the season at Scotstoun. Overall 12 of the Warriors' 23 from that game play again this weekend.

Glasgow Greetings:
There's a return for a classic loose forward trio with Robert Harley, Chris Fusaro and Ryan Wilson starting together at 6,7, and 8 for the 14th time. It will be the first occasion this unit has been sighted for almost 18 months though.

Matchday Milestones:
After last weeks monumental milestones it's all quiet this week. Jonny Gray could soon become a Centurion though, playing his 98th game for Glasgow when he takes to the field against Saracens. With 6 Nations duty about to intrude it's just possible if the Warriors make the European quarter-finals that Jonny's 100th appearance could also come at Allianz Park...

Warriors to Watch:
This is going to be a tough afternoon. Saracens are already through but will be looking for the win which would secure them a home quarter-final and a home country semi-final. With the final itself being held in Newcastle, Saracens wouldn't need to leave England to win back the trophy they last won in 2017.

To that end Glasgow will travel more in hope than expectation - but bear in mind it's 10 years ago this week that the Warriors did much the same on their way to Toulouse before coming away with a famous win! A big performance that shows how far the club has come and the true nature and style of Glasgow's play would go down very nicely. A few tries scored is top of the agenda and two men who could contribute are starter DTH van der Merwe and substitute Nikola Matawalu.

DTH and Niko are both currently on 9 European tries for the Warriors - just one off the club record currently held by Tommy Hayes. Could we see one (or both) of Glasgow's wide men topping that tally after a big afternoon in Barnet?

Glasgow's Track Record...

...against English sides in the pool stages of the European Cup:
13 wins (11 at home, 2 away)
26 losses (8 at home, 18 away)
That Leicester win gets another mention with the Warriors' only other victory on English soil in the Heineken Cup coming against Exeter in 2013/14.

Most recent meeting in Europe:

Officials:
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra)
AR1: Maxime Chalon (Fra)
AR2: Jean-Luc Rebollal (Fra)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (Fra)

Previous Warriors matches with M. Gauzere as referee:

2013/14 - lost to Cardiff Blues (H)
Penalties: 21 (For 7 - 14 Against)
2015/16 - lost to Northampton (H)
Penalties: 27 (For 11 - 16 Against)
2015/16 - beat Scarlets (A)
Penalties: 23 (For 10 - 13 Against)

Glasgow have done pretty well in the penalty count (although maybe not so well on the scoreboard) when M. Gauzere has been in charge. It has been a while since he's reffed a Warriors' match though. In the interim period he has been a regular for Scotland games, officiating in 6 of their Tests. In those fixtures the dark blues have only lost the penalty count once. Hopefully that favourable outlook on Scottish sides continues on Saturday!

Previous Matches with Saracens
Saturday January 19 2019
Saracens 38 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday October 14 2018
Glasgow Warriors 3 13 Saracens Match Report
Sunday April 2 2017
Saracens 38 13 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 18 2008
Glasgow Warriors 17 21 Saracens Match Report
Sunday November 11 2007
Saracens 33 31 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Sunday April 1 2007
Saracens 23 19 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 19 2007
Glasgow Warriors 6 6 Saracens Match Report
Sunday October 22 2006
Saracens 28 23 Glasgow Warriors Match Report
Friday January 16 2004
Glasgow Warriors 33 5 Saracens Match Report
Sunday January 11 2004
Saracens 37 6 Glasgow Warriors Match Report