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October 04, 2019

Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

Posted by Editor on October 4, 2019 10:37 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Matt Fagerson is the Warrior to Watch
Glasgow take on Scarlets in the first Scotstoun game of the new PRO14 season and Disco looks ahead to what has always been a tricky fixture for Warriors.

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 4th October 2019
Live on Premier Sports 1 *

- The last time these sides met was a classic at Scotstoun back in December 2018. Alex Allan's early red card set things up for one of the Warriors' most remarkable victories in recent years.
- Head to heads favour Scarlets. There will be a tough battle at the scrum with props Rob Evans and Samson Lee being first choice for Wales not that long ago.
- Matt Fagerson will play his 50th game for the club - and is also the Warrior to Watch.
- Scarlets have won 4 times at Scotstoun since 2012/13 - more than any other away side.

Teams

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Kyle Steyn
13 Huw Jones
12 Stafford McDowall
11 Rory Hughes

10 Brandon Thomson
9 Nick Frisby

1 Oli Kebble
2 Grant Stewart
3 D'arcy Rae
4 Kiran McDonald
5 Tim Swinson
6 Robert Harley
7 Callum Gibbins (Captain)
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 Johnny Matthews
17 Alex Allan
18 Adam Nicol
19 Tom Gordon
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Jamie Dobie
22 Patrick Kelly
23 Glenn Bryce

Scarlets

15 Johnny McNicholl

14 Tom James
13 Steff Hughes (Captain)
12 Paul Asquith
11 Steff Evans

10 Dan Jones
9 Kieran Hardy

1 Rob Evans
2 Marc Jones
3 Samson Lee
4 Lewis Rawlins
5 Steven Cummins
6 Tom Phillips
7 Josh MacLeod
8 Uzair Cassiem

Substitutes

16 Taylor Davies
17 Phil Price
18 Werner Kruger
19 Josh Helps
20 Dan Davis
21 Dane Blacker
22 Angus O'Brien
23 Corey Baldwin

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

Glasgow Greetings:
There should be home debuts for newly minted Warriors' number 305, Jamie Dobie, and 306, Johnny Matthews. Last week against the Cheetahs wasn't the ideal place to start their Glasgow careers so let's hope they get a warm Scotstoun welcome and a positive performance and result on Friday night!

For a number of the other players (including Ruaridh Jackson, Stafford McDowall and Patrick Kelly) it's been 7 months since they last took to the Scotstoun 'turf' in a competitive fixture. For some, like Brandon Thomson and Adam Nicol, it's been 8 months. The longest gap though is undoubtedly the 3 years and 5 months break for Glenn Bryce since he last featured for Glasgow in a league match. They deserve an even bigger noise than usual to greet them and give them some added motivation against the Scarlets.

Milestones:
Matt Fagerson will make the 50th appearance of his Warriors' career. At 21 years and 79 days he's not quite the youngest to achieve this feat for the club - almost inevitably that's another record that lies with the precocious John Barclay. Matt has managed to beat his big brother to a half century though - Zander was 21 years and 108 days when he brought up the same milestone.

Warrior to Watch:
He's getting the milestone and Matt Fagerson is also the one to watch. Last season he put up some pretty extraordinary numbers as he became increasingly influential within the team as the campaign wore on:

- Averaged 13.5 carries per 80 minutes.
- Averaged 15.0 tackles per 80 minutes.
- His combined workrate for tackles + carries was the highest in the squad with the exception of Jonny Gray (who racked up 31.7 carries + tackles per 80 minutes).
- He broke nearly 3 times more tackles than any other Glasgow forward and only Adam Hastings had more defenders beaten among all Warriors in 2018/19.

Matt is developing into a really aggressive ball carrier which is ideal for the club. All this and, allegedly, he still only weighs 98kgs. When people talk about lies, damned lies and statistics this may well be one of the numbers they have in mind...

Glasgow at home to Scarlets in the PRO12/14 era:
- 4 wins
- 3 losses
- 0 Try BPs
- 2 Losing BPs
- 18 points out of a possible 35 (51%)

Since the inception of the PRO12, Scarlets are the only side in the league that Glasgow have never picked up a try bonus point against at Scotstoun (although the Warriors did manage that feat against the Welsh club at home in the Champions Cup thanks to Taqele Naiyaravoro's hat-trick in 2015).

Previous match-up:

Officials:
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU, 116th Championship game)
AR1: Ben Blain (SRU)
AR1: Chris Busby (IRFU)
TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Mr Clancy's regular season record for 2018/19 in the PRO14:

Matches - 12 (all refs - 147)
Average penalty count - 16.7 per game (all refs - 18.4)
Home penalty percentage - 48% (all refs - 52%)
Average card count - 0.4 per game (all refs - 0.9)
Penalties per card - 40 (all refs - 19)

This will be Mr Clancy's 42nd appearance in a Warriors' game - that's more than 15 of the players in the Glasgow matchday squad have managed! The Irish official has been a regular at Scotstoun in recent years and the coaches and analysts will have a significant dossier of information to work on in preparing for his approach.

He's highly likely to keep his cards in his pocket - no ref in the league had a higher ratio of penalties awarded to cards during 2018/19, not even the arch game manager himself, Nigel Owens! That's not to say he won't hammer foul play though and Dave Rennie will be emphasising the need to avoid a repeat of the red card Glasgow suffered the last time Scarlets were in town.

* Other coverage:

Match re-runs on FreeSports:

none

Highlights of all matches in Round 2:

FreeSports - Monday 7th October at 12.00pm

Previous Matches with Scarlets
Friday October 4 2019
Glasgow Warriors 21 25 Scarlets Match Report
Saturday December 1 2018
Glasgow Warriors 29 20 Scarlets Match Report
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