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February 21, 2019

Glasgow Warriors v Connacht

Posted by Editor on February 21, 2019 11:14 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Chris Fusaro is the Warrior to Watch
Disco looks ahead to Glasgow's PRO14 meeting with Connacht at Scotstoun tomorrow night.

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 7.35 at Scotstoun Stadium
Friday 22nd February 2019
Live on Premier Sports 2 *

- Head to heads are fairly even for the starting XVs. The way the respective half backs run the game could make the difference.
- Chris Fusaro has shown some strong form this season and he is the Warrior to Watch.
- Glasgow have 21 players missing through injury or international duty - the most for any game this season.
- The match will be the 50th of the Renniessance as Dave Rennie brings up his half century for the club.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Kyle Steyn
13 Patrick Kelly
12 Stafford McDowall
11 Nikola Matawalu

10 Brandon Thomson
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 Grant Stewart
3 Siua Halanukonuka
4 Tim Swinson
5 Scott Cummings
6 Robert Harley
7 Chris Fusaro (Captain)
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 Kevin Bryce
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Adam Nicol
19 Matt Fagerson
20 Tom Gordon
21 Nick Frisby
22 Rory Hughes
23 Robbie Nairn

Connacht

15 Tiernan O'Halloran

14 Stephen Fitzgerald
13 Kyle Godwin
12 Tom Daly
11 Matt Healy

10 Conor Fitzgerald
9 Kieran Marmion

1 Denis Buckley
2 Dave Heffernan
3 Finlay Bealham
4 Cillian Gallagher
5 James Cannon
6 Eoin McKeon
7 Colby Fainga'a
8 Jarrad Butler (Captain)

Substitutes

16 Shane Delahunt
17 Peter McCabe
18 Conor Carey
19 Joe Maksymiw
20 Paul Boyle
21 Caolin Blade
22 Peter Robb
23 Cian Kelleher

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

Glasgow Greetings:
There's a home debut for Kyle Steyn so let's welcome the big winger to Glasgow! Paddy Kelly will make his first start and just his second appearance at home, over two years since he made his debut at Scotstoun against the Ospreys during the 2016/17 season.

Matchday Milestones:
Friday's game will be the 50th since Dave Rennie, Jonathan Humphries and Jason O'Halloran took charge. The coaching crew will be hoping they can celebrate with the 31st win of their tenure.

Warrior to Watch:
Matchday skipper Chris Fusaro's recent performances have seen the veteran openside rolling back the years. Against Scarlets in particular Fuzzy was absolutely everywhere - carrying hard in attack and terrier-like in defence. He was turning over ball for fun and made the Welsh side's life very difficult around the breakdown.

It's nine years ago this week that Warrior number 179 made his debut while the 2010 Six Nations was on. That kind of experience should mean Fuzzy can guide some of the younger players who are going through the challenge of these Test window fixtures themselves tomorrow night.

Glasgow at home to Connacht in the PRO12/14 era:
- 7 wins
- 0 losses
- 4 Try BPs
- 0 Losing BPs
- 32 points out of a possible 35 (91%)

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